While speaking in Germany on Thursday, former president Barack Obama took aim at President Donald Trump for promising to build a wall on the Mexico- US border.
According to TheBlaze, Obama went as far as to invoke God during his rebuke:
“In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child. We can’t distinguish between them in terms of their worth and their inherent dignity and that they’re deserving of shelter and love and education and opportunity.”
Speaking at an event in Berlin, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, honoring the 500th anniversary of the Christian Reformation, Obama criticized the Trump administration’s plans to build a border wall.
Progressives and Democrats like Obama, have not shied away from showing their opposition to Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border of the US. With the belief that a wall would be “racist” and could potentially “isolate” the US from the rest of the world, progressives argue that the US should, instead of building walls, be building bridges. On the other hand, Republicans are of the belief that a wall is the only way the influx of potential terrorists, illegal immigrants, and criminals can be stopped.
“In this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves,” Obama further said in Berlin. “We can’t hide behind a wall.”
However, many were quick to point out the hypocrisy in Obama’s comments. Living in Washington D.C.’s posh Kalorama neighborhood in his post-White House life, Obama had a metal and brick wall built around his house just for his family.
According to TMZ, the wall had begun to be constructed while Obama was still in charge of the White House in January.
Despite Obama’s constant proclamations that a wall on the US-Mexico border would “isolate” America, John Kelly, Secretary Homeland Security disagrees.
Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Friday, Kelly said: “We’re not hiding behind a wall. We’re constructing a physical barrier backed up by technology and of course the great men and women of the Customs and Border Protection to simply safeguard our southern border. We’re not hiding behind a wall, and you can’t defend anything by hiding behind something.”