President Joe Biden deepened his administration’s lies that mounted Border Patrol agents used “whips” against Haitian migrants at the southern U.S. border on Friday by claiming that “people were being strapped” and run over by horses.
“It was horrible to see. To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It’s outrageous,” Biden claimed.
The president repeated the administration’s promise to conduct an investigation into the incident, which started after footage and photos on social media went viral, and said that the people involved “will pay.”
“There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. It’s beyond an embarrassment, it’s dangerous, it’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world and sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are,” the president concluded.
Biden on the lie that border patrol were using whips on illegal immigrants at the border:
"To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It's outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay." pic.twitter.com/Jx79KoYTy9
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 24, 2021
The photographer who took some of these photos that were circulated to further the false narrative admitted on Friday that he never saw Border Patrol use the leather against anyone.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” Paul Ratje told KTSM. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
NEW: The photographer who took the now infamous photos of mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio says he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone and the photos are being misconstrued.
However, the false narrative is off and running. @FoxNews https://t.co/scwhoqOqYS
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 24, 2021
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas previously said that despite viral claims amplified by the White House, Democrats, and the corporate media, Border Patrol agents were not whipping Haitian migrants who illegally crossed the border into the United States. One day later, Mayorkas changed his tune and told CNN viewers, “[I was] horrified by what I saw.”
“One cannot weaponize a horse to aggressively attack a child. That is unacceptable. That is not what our policies and our training require. … Let me be quite clear: That is not acceptable,” Mayorkas claimed. “Any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant is unacceptable, is against Border Control policy, training, and our department’s values.”
The White House announced on Thursday that the administration would ban horses from being used in Del Rio due to the “horrible and horrific” images associated with the false whipping narrative. The administration did not hesitate to justify dismounting Border Patrol even though an investigation into the veracity of the supposed incidents is still underway.
#BREAKING: Jen Psaki announces that horses will now be BANNED from being used in Del Rio by Border Patrol agents, citing the "horrible and horrific" use of them to prevent Haitian illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S. pic.twitter.com/hlyZeJVbU2
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 23, 2021
As The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson pointed out, banning horse patrols will accomplish “nothing” and instead hurt the border agency’s ability to navigate dangerous and difficult terrain.
“It will only hamper the Border Patrol, which ingeniously uses horses to patrol dense riverbanks in rough country, where SUVs and ATVs often can’t go,” Davidson wrote.