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Trump loves kids. So his border guards are firing tear gas at them.

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“I love babies. I hear that baby cry, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry. Don’t worry.”

Donald Trump in 2016, when a baby cried during a campaign speech

“Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here.”

— Trump, two minutes later

President Trump loves kids. This is why his border guards are firing tear gas at them.

Americans are shocked by images from Tijuana on Sunday showing U.S. agents firing tear gas at migrant families, forcing barefoot children in diapers to disperse in pain and terror.

But the firing of tear gas at toddlers, properly understood, is an act of mercy by the Trump administration. The White House last week authorized the U.S. military to use “lethal force” against the migrants. Trump himself had suggested troops, if threatened, should feel free to shoot them.

And what could be more threatening to U.S. military personnel than a vast army of pipsqueaks, lacking potty training and running dangerously low on diapers? The use of tear gas instead of live ammo was an act of love.

The 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche posited: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Trump’s policies toward children take Nietzsche seriously and literally.

What others may see as abject cruelty is a pure expression of love. How can America be great if its children —........

© Washington Post