White House correspondent April Ryan stooped lower than anyone could have predicted when she accused President Donald Trump of one of the most horrid crimes imaginable. It got worse when Roseanne Barr was dragged into it and accused of selling her soul.
Playing on the feigned media outrage of the #WhereAreTheChildren hashtag campaign this weekend, Ryan retweeted a headline that accused the president of running a child sex ring. “Is the Trump Administration Running a Child-Trafficking Ring or Nah? Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole,” the headline of a story, written by “The Root’s” Jason Johnson, read. “The Root” is an African-American news organization that is decidedly anti-Trump.
The report was a parody in that it did not actually accuse the president of running a child sex ring but attacked the president’s supporters, arguing that if 1,500 children were missing during a Democrat’s administration, those on the right would have been making those accusations of them.
The controversy started on April 26 when The New York Times reported that “a top official with the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress on Thursday that the agency had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it placed with sponsors in the United States, raising concerns they could end up in the hands of human traffickers or be used as laborers by people posing as relatives.”
As former Sen. Rick Santorum explained on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, the controversy is much ado about nothing, noting that the policy of, sometimes, separating children from illegal aliens who are attempting to sneak into America is “a process that has been going on for a long time” and for various administrations.
“What happens is that these children come into detention, there is a vetting process of who these children are assigned to,” Rick Santorum said. “They are assigned to sponsors in this country who go through a process to be able to qualify to be sponsors. These children are placed with them, thousands more than the 1,500 you are talking about, they follow up to find out where these children are (and) how they are doing and what they found is 1,500 of them, somehow these sponsors and the kids, sort of, are of the radar. They haven’t checked in. They haven’t been able to find them.”
“This isn’t (that) we’ve lost these kids, no, they were placed in vetted homes and for some reason or another these parents are not communicating,” he said. “They haven’t had communication with these previously vetted sponsors. Does that mean they are lost? No. That means that there is a process that is going on right now to try to find why these sponsors haven’t checked back in to give us their location, but the idea that 100 percent of these sponsors are going to check in, of course, that’s never going to be the case.”
“The idea that they are ‘lost’ is, I think, hyperbole to try to create an issue where I don’t really think there is one other than the bureaucracy, surprise, surprise, doesn’t work very well,” he said. “There are logical explanations and, again, we’re talking about a government system and we all know … how inadequate a lot of these government agencies are at doing a lot of things. We lose people all the time in a lot of other government programs.”
But Democrats have seized on the missing children to promote the idea that there is a child sex ring run by President Donald Trump and others using migrant children. April Ryan was not the first to pose the theory.
Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband Tom Arnold wrote on Twitter, “Of course Roseanne Barr & James Woods are worried about one lunatic conspiracy idiot & none of the 1500 children ICE lost..some to human trafficking because they are brown & that would offend Trump & Roseanne lost her soul for Trump.”
Of course Roseanne Barr & James Woods are worried about one lunatic conspiracy idiot & none of the 1500 children ICE lost..some to human trafficking because they are brown & that would offend Trump & Roseanne lost her soul for Trump
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) May 26, 2018
Tom Arnold is using Roseanne Barr’s popularity, and the popularity of her hit show “Roseanne,” in a desperate attempt to attack the president and to keep himself relevant. Barr has long been an advocate for women and children, but Arnold could not resist the opportunity to seize on a ridiculous conspiracy theory to defame his far more successful ex. Someone should tell Arnold that regardless of what he ever does, he will forever be most famous for being Roseanne’s ex.