Biden’s Red Queen Justice: The Border Agents Remain Under Investigation Six Months After Debunked Whipping Scandal

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We have now reached the six-month anniversary of the investigation into border patrol agents that President Joe Biden declared guilty of whipping migrants at the border. Biden and the media spread a false story based on a misleading picture of mounted agents using a whip to guide his horse. While the Administration promised a conclusion to the investigation within days or weeks, it has continued to refuse to release any results and insists that it remains “under investigation.” The concern is that the Administration does not want to contradict the President who proclaimed the guilt of the agents and promised that they would be punished before they were investigated, let alone adjudicated. Six months ago, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised that the investigation would be “completed in a matter of days, not weeks.”

YouTube still features videos falsely claiming that the agents whipped migrants:

The agents were responding to a large influx of undocumented migrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 19. The media exploded with condemnations from politicians and pundits. Media stories presented the whipping as fact as the “Whipping (of) Haitian Asylum Seekers.”

Democratic politicians like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) declared that the whipping was “worse than what we witnessed in slavery” and described “the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them.”  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decried “images of inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol—including the use of whips.” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called it simply “white supremacist behavior.” Many in the media went into high gear, denouncing what one outlet described as the “Whipping (of) Haitian Asylum Seekers.”

However, Biden’s behavior was the worst, due to his position as head of the Executive Branch: “It was horrible what — to see, as you saw — to see people treated like they did: horses nearly running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay.”

By announcing that the agents were guilty and needed to be punished, Biden destroyed the credibility of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing investigation.

The problem is that the photographer himself quickly stated that it was false and “nobody saw a Border Patrol agent whipping.”

Once debunked, the White House and virtually all of the media went into a familiar radio silence.  It was sent to “investigation” and buried.

It is now six months later and the Biden Administration continues to maintain that the agents remain under investigation. Obviously, the falsity of President Biden’s declaration was established within days. It did not take days, let alone months, to determine if the agents did or did not “strap” or whip these migrants.

A classic response to such scandals is to bury them in investigation to wait for public attention to wane. You can do that by changing the question. For example, what began as an investigation into whether agents used reins to whip migrants might be converted into a long investigation into the use of horses in crowd control operations. That will take a lot of time and, when the report is issued, the actual whipping allegation can be buried in a broader policy debate. That will allow the media, as well as the Administration, to focus on the policy as opposed to the personnel involved.

Of course, President Biden was declaring the guilt of people who should have rights of due process and an expectation of a modicum of fairness. However, their innocence is now an inconvenient fact for both the Administration and many in the media. So they languish in legal purgatory.


111 thoughts on “Biden’s Red Queen Justice: The Border Agents Remain Under Investigation Six Months After Debunked Whipping Scandal”

  1. Yet in Canada, where the RCMP actually did run over a woman with a horse, putting her in the hospital, goes unpunished.

  2. Exhibit #1001 why Biden, Harris, Schumer. etc. should all be impeached. Due process and the presumption of innocence is guaranteed by our Constitution. By denying border agents these rights, they all broke the law and their oaths of office.

  3. Biden (like many of his Demogogue colleagues) has what seems to be a hardwired reflex to project upon his political opponents that which he has done, is doing, or would like to do himself.

  4. JeffSilberman, once again you change the subject to Trump in your what about this habit. I named five instances when Fox News was right and instead of addressing those issues you jump to your what about Trump using a references from The New York times that informed you that RussiaGate was real and the laptop was Russian disinformation. You display the lying Times as your proof source. Once again where was your statement saying you weren’t all in on RussiaGate or the Dossier. Where is your apology to Fox News after they got it all right. Either Fox got it right or you got it right. You tried in every way you could to disparage Fox News when it was Fox that had it right all along. You used this tactic to try to convince people that Fox was wrong and you were right and in effect you said that RussiaGate was true and the Dossier was factual just because Fox said the opposite. Now when reality has come to the forefront you conveniently hedge away from your previous positions to try to salvage what my be left of your reputation. You have attacked Fox News and Professor Turley relentlessly on a daily bases when they have pointed out the hypocrisy and dirty dealings of the left. It must be very painful for you to now find out that the conspiracies were all being done by your friends. Then again, perhaps you knew. You can’t rest a case that you never had.

  5. “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

    ~Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807

  6. In the past five months, 850,000 undocumented have been officially encountered by border patrol, double the amount for the full twelve months of 2020.

    Tax payers will foot the bill for housing, food, education and healthcare. Our primary ER has a wait of 24-72 hours, teacher shortages, healthcare provider shortages and they keep on coming. Does it hurt your wallet? It does when what cost ten dollars last year now costs twelve. Will the undocumented pull up to the task? Pay their own way? Many will. But how will we know?

    This administration is completely out of phase with the majority of Americans, all Americans. The Biden administration lives in a warped bubble and are deaf to rank-and-file citizens. What an insult to the border patrol and law enforcement in general. Today the police arrested a 17 year old drug runner who was packing guns and ammunition to start a small war. His car was carrying a large amount of fentanyl. Thank the Lord there are still men and women who are called to law enforcement.

    Get rid of the President and the next in line is an incompetent, inexperienced person who cannot manage a complex thought nor has the depth to represent the United States of America. She can cackle if she doesn’t know the answer.

    It is a sad state of affairs and a dark time in our history. No amount of shellac or slick propaganda will alleviate the cost of groceries, filling the tank or paying a utility bill. The polls show it and the planners know it.

    The President owns this lock stick and barrel. He is now in the category of one of worst presidents in our history and he is just getting started. Nobody cares about the opinion of an arrogant so called elite. They care about how to make ends meet.,

    1. This is why some of us advocate for a Convention of States.
      The system is completely broken and not about to fix itself.

  7. Well my oh my Joe Biden says something amazingly stupid so they just don’t want to talk about it any longer. In the meantime they have no concern for the border agents that they unjustly put under their boot in an investigation that hangs above their heads like the Sword of Damocies that may still drop at any moment. The officers careers have been put on indefinite hold. When they tell you that they care about people you should stare with wide eyes in total disbelief.

  8. Anthony says:


    It would be nice if Turley would state his opinion. I’d bet you folding money that Turley respects Mike Wallace. Turley keeps his mouth shut when speaking freely might jeopardize his position at Fox.

    1. Once again when JeffSilberman senses that he is losing an argument he changes the subject and he goes to his much used magic elixir Fox News. JeffSilberman has no concern for a President who declares people guilty as a knee jerk reaction instead of waiting until all the facts are in. Most important to JeffSilberman is his Fox News Turley connection mania. Joe Biden is the top police officer in the nation but JeffSilberman doesn’t care about the present sheriff in town telling us that people are guilty before the investigation is complete. We know how the most righteous JeffSilberman rolls. Fox Fox Fox Fox ad nauseam. Jeff swims in the pool where the thinking water is very shallow and as he paddles away in the two inch thinking water he says look Ma I can swim. She smiles at his immature exuberance.

      1. TiT,

        You have a very vivid imagination! Bravo! Yes, I stay on point. I will continue to bring to the few remaining NeverTrumpers on this blog the items in the news which Turley ignores. Not unlike Turley reminding the Democrats of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal which the MSM wrongly ignores. Turley and I have that in common.

        1. Come on JeffSilberman, this is the first time we have seen you post anything negative about Hunter Biden. You write of how Professor Turley overlooks subjects that you deem to be important but you overlook the leftwing media suppressing a story that would have had an effect on an election for President. In your lame attempt to seem fair you come out now once the MSM has admitted that the laptop is authentic to say that you agree with the Professor. Fox news has been saying for a year that the laptop is the real deal. The question then must be where has JeffSilberman been for the last year telling us that he has been agreeing with Fox News’ assessment of the veracity of the laptop? Not a wisper. JeffSilberman just thinks that it makes up for everything if he is very very late to the party. All the guests at the party know that he has arrived at the very last moment and acts like he’s been there all along.

          1. TiT,

            I think others here may bear witness that I agreed with Turley long before now that he was correct in criticizing the MSM for ignoring the Hunter laptop. I have always said that I don’t care if Hunter is found guilty of corruption as well as impeaching Joe if he was complicit. No one is above the law. No one.

            I will look at old posts by Turley about Hunter’s laptop to prove that I had posted my agreement with Turley long before now. I hope you will acknowledge your mistake when I do.

          2. TiT,

            I posted this previously:

            “For what it is worth, I want to go on the record to state that I agree that the MSM is ignoring the Hunter story. The question is why. First, I don’t care to watch the Hunter tapes. I would not watch the claimed Trump prostitute tapes if they existed. I don’t get my news from the low brow National Enquirer because it is salacious.”

            “If Joe made obsequious comments about Putin and Russia as did Trump, then Hunter would be a story that the MSM I believe would cover, for it would then appear that Putin had some blackmail material on Joe. But Joe does not fawn over Putin and take his side against our own. Moreover, how could Putin blackmail Joe by exposing Hunter for what he is? It is well known! Joe ought to be questioned absolutely about Hunter’s disgraceful conduct especially his being paid obscene amounts of money for his “art.” That does look like influence peddling. And if there are any kickbacks to Joe, impeach!”

            “Until there is some evidence of corrupt influence on, or financial gain to, Joe from Hunter, exposing Hunter as a bad person is simply guilt by association which is not responsible journalism. The MSM took issue with Trump Jr’s public statements. Did the MSM expose his private life in order to shame Trump personally?”

            “To me, the main blind spot of the MSM is its failure to investigate and demand answers about Joe’s mental health. That is a story that effects his presidency and our national security. It is inexcusable not to cover this major story.”

            “Finally, let me add that pointing out the bias in the MSM does not excuse the bias at Turley’s Fox News. Neither Turley nor Fox has said word one about the recent release of the DOJ documents showing that Trump wanted the DOJ to merely announce an investigation into voter fraud in order to give him more ammunition to spread his Big Lie- a lie about which Turley remains silent to this very day. So, you’ll forgive me that I don’t take Turley seriously, for his own hypocrisy undermines his bona fides.

            Predictably, both the MSM and Fox feed their preferred narratives to their respective audiences. Can we not at least acknowledge that unsurprising fact?”


            1. So JeffSilberman you posted something derogatory to Hunter Biden. The important question is the time line of your postings. Was this after or before the left wing media finally admitted that the Hunter laptop was genuine. When did you admit that Fox News had it right all along? When did you tell us that you believed that the laptop wasn’t Russian disinformation? When did you tell us that the Steele Dossiers was paid for by the Hilary campaign? When did you tell us that you were outraged by the coverage of the laptop and the Dossier by CNN and MSNBC? When did you say that you were aghast at Hunter Biden receiving fifty thousand plus dollars per month from Burisma for doing nothing? When did you explain that when Joe Biden said he never met with any of the people his son was doing business with he was not being honest? I’ll tell you how many times you warned us of these things. Exactly zero. When did you say that Fox News goy it right in every instance named above? No, what you did is you said that they got it wrong each and every time. Now you say oh Turley and I sometime think alike. You are simply juat a master at the backhanded compliment. Nothing more.

              1. TiT,

                I realize that I am wasting my time trying to convince you of something that you refuse to believe, but I had stated in the post above:

                “Neither Turley nor Fox has said word one about the recent release of the DOJ documents showing that Trump wanted the DOJ to merely announce an investigation into voter fraud”

                That refers to this announcement:


                “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, Mr. Donoghue wrote in summarizing Mr. Trump’s response.”

                This NYT article was published on July 30, 2021. I DID criticize MSM for ignoring the Hunter laptop long before now. I rest my case.

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