Had it happened elsewhere in the world, the response would be unanimous. We would decry the perpetrators, call them criminals, and demand action.

It is disturbing that such an atrocity is occurring on our southern border, and alarming that some would speak up to defend it.

Our history as a nation isn’t perfect. We’ve struggled to uphold one of our founding principals that all are created equal, and we sometimes have lapsed in providing due process of law. We’ve told ourselves that these troubles lie in our past, but here they are, a terror in the present.

He may proclaim love for the flag, but Trump’s continued actions betray the ideas, hopes, and dreams of the republic for which it stands.