A potential trial balloon from the Trump administration Friday morning has caused heartburn on social media and led to accusations of “deportation force” and cries of “Nazi!”
According to a report from the Associated Press, the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize up to 100,000 National Guard troops to “round up” illegal immigrants in 11 states.
Now this is not a firm proposal yet. The AP’s report is based off a “draft memo.”
The AP story on "100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants" is based on a *draft memo* -- not a firm plan pic.twitter.com/Pi2ld5rIkq
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 17, 2017
And the White House has vehemently denied that the report is accurate.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 17, 2017
Not true. 100% false https://t.co/EkTMKzhHPs
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 17, 2017
But if that statement was meant to keep people from freaking out … too late …
Isn't this that 'deportation force' that they denied they were planning? https://t.co/HfYYMnHyjq
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) February 17, 2017
— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) February 17, 2017
Well, there's your "deportation force", in case anyone was wondering. A lot of these kind of memos never see the light of day, though. https://t.co/kl0SK0xJ7P
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) February 17, 2017
It's also true that mobilizing the National Guard to "round up" immigrants would be in character, not strictly impossible, and HORRIFYING.
— Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) February 17, 2017
Spicer’s denials were received with skepticism.
In comments to the press, Spicer didn't deny that the memo is real, by the way. So "100% false" is bullshit.
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) February 17, 2017
@TheBenNatan He's not gonna use a deportation force.
Just like he wasn't gonna run. Or win the nomination. Or win the election. Or...
— Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) February 17, 2017
It's possible that Spicer is right that Trump isn't mobilizing a deportation force, it's also possible he is lying or out of the loop
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) February 17, 2017
And then there’s this …
But calling him a nazi automatically means you've lost the argument right?? https://t.co/2wQjQdMAeH
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) February 17, 2017
That’s not stopping folks.
This reeks of Nazi Germany. The Trump administration is full of ghouls. https://t.co/vPQdH0WXwS
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 17, 2017
Donald Trump's deportation plans mimic Nazi Germany.
Which makes sense, since he is so beloved by Neo-Nazis. https://t.co/D58Q0cgbkV
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 17, 2017
Nazi Germany https://t.co/3Oh8tljMzL
— Ryan Case (@film114) February 17, 2017
This sounds like something that would happen in Nazi Germany. Not hyperbole. https://t.co/6WKVDcYb8Z
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) February 17, 2017
We are not Nazi Germany and we are not Putin's Russia. I don't live in a mafia state. Fuck this. https://t.co/BtGMnUjN8z
— Rod Blackhurst (@rodblackhurst) February 17, 2017
The calls for resistance were immediate.
If members of our National Guard are forced to become deportation force, they must RESIST their commander in chief + put down their weapons.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 17, 2017
the real question now is who will be a good nazi and who won't https://t.co/ZWCHNv5p9s
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) February 17, 2017
The Democratic Trump opposition is up in arms.
Let us not mince words about what this would be: a deportation force designed to break up families and deport millions of people. https://t.co/WOa8SlRYUG
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 17, 2017
A deportation force is inhumane & against our values. We will be out there on the streets w/ them marching & protesting. We won't back down. https://t.co/I0w7yAoRjE
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 17, 2017
And Shaun King went as far as predicting Civil War over this issue.
URGENT. If this happens, our nation will devolve into a new type of civil war.
I will fight against it. Our troops should disobey this. https://t.co/3s9IGg6igp
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 17, 2017
Civil. War. Over a proposal from a draft memo which the White House denies is under consideration for serious policy.
Is it true? Is the report false? Regardless, don’t expect this story to go away anytime soon.
Hard to imagine how POTUS could make life harder on congressional Republicans. They'll now spend weeks answering Qs about deportation force.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) February 17, 2017
But is anyone talking about Russia now?
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo