Former Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen’s rehabilitation tour has already begun

Sure, former Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen was more offended over the word “cages” than the fact that she held migrant children in cages, but it looks like there are already some early efforts to rehabilitate her image following her resignation from the Trump administration this past weekend.

“She served well,” former George W. Bush official Frances Townsend told CBS This Morning, saying, “I think it’s a relief for her to be able to get out and move on.” The New York Times, meanwhile, painted a sympathetic image of a homeland security secretary who was constantly “castigated” by Donald Trump, with him asking her to do lots of illegal things, and she, the dutiful public servant, telling him, Well, sir, we just can’t do that.

”The president called Ms. Nielsen at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop migrants from entering the country, including doing things that were clearly illegal, such as blocking all migrants from seeking asylum,” the report said. “She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations.”

The NYT Nielsen should have maybe had that same conversation with the real-life Nielsen, who had no problem carrying out plenty of illegal and evil acts, such as lying under oath to Congress about the existence of a family separation policy, carrying out that policy in the face of protests from the United Nations Human Rights Office, and stomping on asylum-seekers’ right to seek protection here. Even if Nielsen carried out these actions kicking and screaming in protest, it doesn’t matter one iota, because she still did it. She did it.

Nielsen’s rehabilitation tour also beings as the Trump administration claims that it could take up to two years to identify the potentially thousands of families that were torn apart prior to the official implementation of the family separation policy. Meanwhile, dozens of children kidnapped under the policy have remained in U.S. custody, in blatant violation of a court order. Nielsen is gone, but her damage will reverberate for a long time to come.

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