Thom Hartmann Program - 1 Hour Edition - 02/04/19 - The Trump administration deliberately inflicted cruelties including child separation on asylum-seeking families in order to discourage immigration, and now the 48,000 detention-center victims are money-makers for private prisons, paid per-person per-day, and some are using force-feeding to keep hunger strikers alive in there and keep the cash coming in. Thom wonders if this is who America is today?
February 4, 2019•60 min
Thom's take - Intentional cruelty was used by the Trump administration to frighten possible future asylum seekers from coming to America. And with 48,000 people presently in detention, many of them children, and many children placed in foster homes, now the administration is claiming it would be too difficult to return the kids to their families. Thom is utterly disgusted, and so are his callers, who add detail and dimension to this obscene situation. - Thom reads from 'The Wretched of the Earth' by France Franon. - Congressman Mark Pocan, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, considers with Thom the looming prospect of another possible government shutdown. Callers phone in with questions from climate change to net neutrality to the stigmatizing of Medicare for All as *gasp* 'socialism'. - Bob Ney is also disgusted with the administration's refusal to return the tens of thousands of kids separated from their families illegally at the border. And them an alarming analysis on Trump's military buildup on the Iraq-Iran border.