FALSEHOOD #35: Biden falsely claimed that Border Patrol agents, on horseback, were whipping Haitian migrants.
EXPLANATION: The Biden administration and the mainstream media falsely claimed that Texas border patrol agents were whipping Haitian migrants as they attempted to cross the border.
In September 2021, an image appeared to show what looked like a border patrol agent, on horseback, carrying what looked like a whip, while pursuing a Haitian migrant.
Mainstream media outlets quickly jumped to conclusions about the photo without any further investigation.
President Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, condemned the Border Patrol agent. Other top Democrats quickly joined in to condemn all Border Patrol agents.
Biden said, “It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay … [T]here is [an] investigation underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
But the problem is that it wasn’t a whip— it was just the horse reins. The border patrol agent never used the reins in any way other than the way it was intended.
To make matters even worse, on Sept 24, 2021, Alejandro Mayorkas was notified through an email, that the photographer who captured the photo said that the Border Patrol agent was not whipping the migrant in the photo.
Despite being notified, he continued to push the falsehood.
The Biden administration pushed the falsehood that migrants were being whipped, despite being informed that It was false.
The mainstream media never condemned Mayorkas or the Biden administration for knowingly pushing this falsehood.
According to Fox News, “A review of Grabien transcripts by Fox News Digital found no mention of the story on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, or CBS News since it broke.”
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Homan, T. (2022, March 25). Biden owes border patrol belated apology over phony charges of “whipping” illegal aliens. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.heritage.org/progressivism/commentary/biden-owes-border-patrol-belated-apology-over-phony-charges-whipping