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Michelle Malkin is shocked — NAY! — appalled that the president of the United States would use children as a “prop” to promote a cause.

“This is a time-tested tactic of the left — and I’ve followed it from the Clinton years onward — of using kiddie human shields to deflect tough questions about the costs and consequences of these often reckless and rash public policy decisions that are born of emotionalism and unfortunately exploitation, and not any real commitment to solving the problems,” Malkin told Fox and Friends‘ Steve Doocy.

“What these Democrats do is use children very cynically to try and deflect accountability for their actions — and in this case very imperial actions on the part of the president,” she continued.

“And I consider it a form of child abuse and political malpractice, very toxic.”

What maniac, what child-abusing heathen would dare do such a thing?!

George W. Bush, apparently.

After Republicans manaufactured outrage that the president would introduce his reaction to the murder of 20 children by including children, James E. Carter IV tweeted a link to an event in which George W. Bush announced his opposition to stem cell research. And it included this picture:

Why did Bush include children in the event? Certainly not to “cynically try and deflect accountability” for his actions. George W. Bush would never use a child as prop!

When explaining why he vetoed a bill that would overturn his “imperial” policy against embryonic stem cell research, he  pointed out the children on the stage who were the result of in vitro fertilization. “These boys and girls are not spare parts, They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research.”

Of course, Malkin defended the NRA’s use of the president’s own children to make a point, mocking him for their Secret Service protection while, they said, he opposed armed guards in schools. (Of course, Republicans are generally behind cutting funding for Resource Officers in school, a program the president proposes increasing for schools that want them.)

“For the White House and particularly for Michelle and Barack Obama, who have no problem dragging their daughters in front of the camera when they’re arguing their own public policy point… for them to say, ‘You’re not allowed in any way, shape or form or capacity to talk about our children and the impact of public policy,’ hypocrisy!” she said.

So, to be clear: Democrats are not allowed to use children to make a point…but their children can be used to make a point.

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