My fellow Americans —
Separation of families at the border was going to be a great election issue for Democrats until fate intervened in the form of Justice Kennedy announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.
Most of the people outraged by border separations are also afraid of losing a key Supreme Court swing vote, particularly on the issue of abortion.
Unfortunately, Democrats have standardized on a needlessly violent metaphor — “ripping” — to talk about family separations.
A representative example:
As a career prosecutor, I actually went after gangs and transnational criminal organizations. That's being a leader on public safety. What is not, is ripping babies from their mothers. pic.twitter.com/WyyHU3U7jE
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 2, 2018
Now that abortion has again become a leading national issue, the Republican talking points re “ripping babies from their mother” write themselves.
Footnote: In apprehending and prosecuting people who committed crimes, one assumes that Ms. Harris separated them from their children.