It is also being reported that the Obama administration used tear gas on migrants more than once a month during the latter part of his second term in office. Another free pass for Obama it seems.
Media outlets that are hyperventilating over the Border Patrol's use of tear gas and pepper spray on illegal immigrants ignored the practice during the Obama administration, and even now gloss over past precedent in the rush to condemn President Trump.
As a result, CNN and MSNBC have both spent significant time bashing the use of tear gas under President Trump, but the mainstream media essentially ignored it when Obama-era Border Patrol agents did the exact same thing.
A search of CNN and MSNBC available transcripts for of reports for tear gas or pepper spray at the Southern border under Obama yielded zero results. The Associated Press mentioned it a few times and ABC’s “Good Morning America” reported it once. Other than that, coverage was limited to local newspapers and NBC’s San Diego affiliate.
During the Obama administration, tear gas was used on the border 26 times in 2012, 27 times in 2013, 15 times in 2014, eight times in 2015, and three times in 2016. That compares to 18 times in 2017 and 29 times in 2018 during the Trump administration. As for pepper spray, the Obama administration used it 95 times in 2012, 151 times in 2013, 109 times in 2014, 30 times in 2015 and 56 times in 2016, the data shows -- compared to 56 times in 2017 and 43 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.