Jesse Watters Compares Biden to Jussie Smollett for Punishing ‘Whipping’ Border Patrol Agents

Fox News host Jesse Watters has compared Democrat President Joe Biden to disgraced hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

Watters likened Biden to Hollywood convict Smollett over the news that the mounted Border Patrol, who went viral with Haitian migrants and were widely condemned by Democrats, are being punished despite the investigation clearing them of any wrongdoing.

“If Biden knew anything about law enforcement, he’d know the importance of mounted patrols,” Watters said.

“That’s desert terrain out there, full of rocks, uneven surfaces, and rivers.

“You can’t just roll a jeep out there.

“You need a horse and it’s not just that the border mounted horse patrols are used to keep order in big cities all across the country, New York, Chicago, Dallas. So, why were these poor agents punished?

“Is it because this administration is obsessed with race?

“They don’t want to give any impression to their base that they’re actually defending the border.

“So, a White man protecting the border from a Black migrant just won’t fly.

“They don’t like the optics.

“The race and the horse makes the Democratic Party feel guilty and embarrassed, but what they’re really ashamed by is that they were the party of slavery, and they’re taking that out on the innocent Border Patrol agents.

“So, they seized on a hoax to punish the good guys, just like they did with Jussie Smollett.

“At this point, it seems like Biden is taking his cues from one of America’s great philosophers, George Costanza,” he said.

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The report found:

“As a result of a lack of command, control, and communications, Horse Patrol Unit personnel carried out an operation at the request of TXDPS which directly contravened U.S. Border Patrol operational objectives and resulted in the unnecessary use of force against migrants who were attempting to reenter the United States with food.”

From The Hill:

Four Border Patrol agents will face disciplinary action following an incident last year in Del Rio, Texas, in which agents on horseback corralled Haitian migrants seeking to cross into the U.S.

A 511-page report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Professional Responsibility found “failures at multiple levels of the agency, a lack of appropriate policies and training, and unprofessional and dangerous behavior by several individual agents,” according to a CBP statement.

Images of the September incident went viral, drawing attention to the plight of some 15,000 Haitian migrants who had camped under a bridge near the U.S.-Mexico border. The images showed officers chasing some migrants and raising questions about whether the agents whipped any migrants with the horses’ reins.

The report determined that agents did not strike “intentionally or otherwise, any migrant with their reins.”

There also seems to have been a lot of confusion on that day some of it caused by a lack of leadership or bad decision-making from more senior-level people.

From CNN:

During that time, there was about a 15-minute period when authorities tried to stop the flow of migrants, resulting in the confrontation between agents and migrants, senior CBP officials told reporters Friday.

Senior officials said an agent acted in an unprofessional manner by yelling comments and using profanity.

A horse patrol unit from another Border Patrol station in Texas had been deployed a day prior to assist, according to officials who said those agents had not worked together on horseback for some time.

The investigation found that the horse patrol unit on scene acted at the request of the Texas Department of Public Safety, which, findings show, was in conflict with the Border Patrol’s objectives. The agents received approval from their supervisor, who did not get additional guidance from leadership.

The officials recognized Friday the unprecedented circumstances facing Border Patrol last September, noting that arrival of thousands of people in a remote area of the Texas-Mexico border posed operational challenges.

Migrants, as a result, were permitted to cross back and forth to Mexico to obtain water and food as agents tried to process people.

Some of those migrants crossing the river for necessities were involved in the September 19 incident.

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David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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