Nov 25, 2018
Amid widespread outrage and condemnation over the tear gassing of mothers, their children, and other asylum seekers and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, Ronald Colburn, president of the Border Patrol Foundation and former national deputy chief of the CBP, appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning and claimed the gas--which reports said led to children "screaming and coughing in the mayhem" that resulted from it--was really just a "natural" product and "you actually could put it on your nachos and eat it."
As one observer put it, the stupidity of Colburn's statement has to be seen to be believed:
\u201cOn Fox & Friends, Border Patrol Foundation president defends pepper spraying latinx migrants because \u201cit\u2019s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.\u201d\u201d— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis) 1543233563
The outrageous claim and inhumanity of its implications did not go over well:
\u201cNachos.... The layers of racism encapsulated in this short clip is extraordinary. #txlege\u201d— Rebecca Marques (@Rebecca Marques) 1543242632
\u201cActually BOTH tear gas and pepper spray were fired at migrants. I\u2019ve been in a tear gas chamber for training purposes and know its effects. Either way, it\u2019s unconscionable. As to this quote, who doesn\u2019t like a side of racism with their nachos?\u201d— Tim Schenck (@Tim Schenck) 1543241439
"These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas." via @washingtonpost we would love to see the Border Patrol president and his kids eat some pepper spray and tear gas on their nachos live on @foxandfriends then FIRE HIM AND NIELSEN #DHS who gave orders 4 this
-- CSHecht (@cs_hecht) November 26, 2018
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