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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

President Donald Trump told border agents to refuse to let asylum seekers enter the United States despite the fact that it would be illegal, according to a CNN report this week.

And on Friday, CNN anchor Jake Tapper expanded on this bombshell report with an even more stunning revelation: Trump reportedly promised Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would pardon him if he broke asylum law in this way.

Tapper reported:

After Trump ousted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week, reportedly because she had stood up to him when he wanted to break the law, he made McAleenan acting secretary of the department.

The New York Times confirmed  Tapper’s reporting. It’s not clear if Trump was joking, the Times said, but officials were nevertheless disturbed by the comments:

One of the people briefed on the conversation said it was unclear whether Mr. Trump had intended the comments to Mr. McAleenan as a joke. But the conversation, which took place during the president’s visit to the border town of Calexico, Calif., alarmed officials at the Department of Homeland Security who were told of it, according to the people familiar with the comments.

 

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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If there's anything that right-wing chat platforms promising uncensored "free speech" like Gab and Parler have proven, it's that such predicates ensure the platforms will quickly be inundated with the worst people in the world—bigots spewing death threats, hatemongers, disinformation artists, conspiracy theorists, vile misogynists, and terrorists of all stripes. The kind of clients that will doom such networks to permanent deplatforming.

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