Maryland governor and 2016 contender Martin O'Malley is being labelled a hypocrite after saying undocumented children should be allowed to stay in the United States, just not in his state. Or, put another way, after O'Malley criticized the White House's expedited deportation policy, a "Democratic source" leaked a damning quote.
Last week O'Malley, who is on the long list of possible 2016 contenders, made headlines and upset the White House when he came out against the administration's efforts to expedite deportations. During a Friday press conference with the National Governor's Association, O'Malley said, "We are not a country that should send children away and send them back to certain death,” according to Politico. The White House didn't like that, and domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz had a tense discussion with him late Friday. Then "Democratic sources" threw him under the bus.
As CNN reported Tuesday, a Democratic source said O'Malley "privately said 'please don't send these kids to Western Maryland.'" There's a slight nuance that's lost: specifically, he said he doesn't want buses of migrant children sent to a former army base tagged up with "No Illeagles (sic) Here No Undocumented Democrats" graffiti by (illiterate) vandals. The empty Army Reserve building the administration is located in the conservative town of Westminster, and the children might be "harassed or worse," he said, according to Politico.