The result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border is causing tensions to run high on TV news. Those emotions have leaked over to Twitter, with TV newsers seemingly taking sides and launching attacks at one another.
Last night, Tucker Carlson tweeted he believes personalities at other networks are doing a disservice to their viewers in how they’re covering what’s happening at the border. “Their goal is to change your country forever,” Carlson said on his program Monday. “And they are succeeding, by the way.”
What’s on TV is a political tactic but something else terrifying is going on. Formerly responsible ppl suddenly sound like extremists. Left’s no longer working to convince those who disagree. They’re trying to destroy those in the way. It’s not a pose. They’re sincere. It’s war.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 20, 2018
NBC’s Chuck Todd didn’t take kindly to Carlson’s tweet:
This is unhinged. https://t.co/sU020lIovS
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 20, 2018
Carlson’s Fox News prime-time colleague Laura Ingraham, who referred to the detention centers on Monday night as “essentially summer camps,” (a statement she clarified later) supported Carlson’s take:
The Left hasn’t been interested in real debate for decades. Selective use of images & phrases, emotional manipulation, demonization & distraction … declining ratings. https://t.co/UZYdkDjcLj
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 20, 2018
Then, there was former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who responded to a story told by a guest about a young girl with Down syndrome who had been separated from her mother at the border, by saying “womp, womp.” This took place during Fox News’s 7 p.m. hour.
.@Zac_Petkanas says on Fox News a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome was separated from her mother at the border.
Corey Lewandowski responds: “Womp womp.” pic.twitter.com/cZMXWmwbjw
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) June 19, 2018
NBC’s Megyn Kelly responded to the segment by calling Lewandowski a “coward.”
There is no low to which this coward Corey Lewandowski won’t sink. This man should not be afforded a national platform to spew his hate. https://t.co/M8adu7P2sf
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 20, 2018
Then there was Jake Tapper mocking Lewandowski. He had previously retweeted Kelly:
Womp womp https://t.co/MkQ41FL99X
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 20, 2018
In addition to being Trump’s former 2016 presidential campaign manager and a frequent guest on Fox News, Lewandowski was formerly a CNN political analyst and has appeared on many of the Sunday shows in recent years.
Toward the end of her 9 p.m. broadcast, Rachel Maddow broke down while reading the lede of an AP story about how Trump administration officials have been sending babies and toddlers to “tender age shelters.” Seemingly unable to read the entire lede, she then handed it off to Lawrence O’Donnell.
She later tweeted:
Ugh, I’m sorry.
If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV.
What I was trying to do—when I suddenly couldn’t say/do anything—was read this lede:
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018