Democrats never let facts get in the way of a good narrative. However, Republicans aren’t going to let them this time around.
Republican lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to release the final report on the “widely spread falsehood” that Border Patrol agents were whipping illegal immigrants, Fox News reported. The joint letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Monday demanded justice.
Back in September, a photo purported to show the agents on horseback whipping Haitian. However, what the agents had were not whips but rather split reins they use to steer their horses — but Democratic lawmakers, including President Joe Biden, simply ran with that false narrative.
“To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped – it’s outrageous,” Biden had said. “I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences,” the president said.
That investigation was supposed to be concluded in “a matter of days, not weeks,” according to Mayorkas.” It has been more than four months since senior members of the Biden Administration, including President Biden and Press Secretary Jen Psaki participated in a widely spread falsehood and accused United States Border Patrol agents of ‘whipping’ Haitian migrants attempting to illegally cross into the United States near Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021,” the joint letter pointed out.
Agents felt they were betrayed by the Biden administration, and rightly so. It was an easily verifiable lie since Border Patrol doesn’t carry whips, but Biden decided to make hay out of it anyway.
“As has been well documented, the ‘whipping’ narrative was based on a photograph that first went viral on social media,” the letter signed by Texas Reps. Michael Cloud, Brian Babin, Chips Roy, Brian Babin, and four others continued. “While this narrative was later debunked by the photographer of the photo himself, the widespread narrative of whipping based on a demonstratable lie — especially by members of this administration — demands that the public record be finalized by publicly disclosing the ‘investigative work.'”
The administration owes Congress and the American people an explanation, especially because they got it so painfully wrong and smeared the Border Patrol agents. Unfortunately, they were never concerned with the truth in the first place and instead focused on scoring political points.