The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest newspaper, compared President Donald Trump’s child separation policy to war crimes and called it a “national disgrace” in a scathing editorial Tuesday.
The paper’s editorial board wrote that it was “hard for normal people to grasp that their own government” is “involved in a heartless and brainless effort to visit so much deliberate cruelty upon asylum-seeking families.”
“This is the kind of behavior that, when carried out by non-superpowers, gets people hauled before the International Criminal Court or some special war crimes tribunal,” the board wrote.
The op-ed accused the government of “dehumanizing” immigrants and “telling lies about how many people are crossing the border illegally, how many of them are gang members and drug dealers and rapists.”
“If you want to make people believe a lie, the experts taught us, make it big,” the board wrote. “And, apparently, if you want to make people sit still for an atrocity, make it just big enough to have no personality, no individual human face.”