Journalist and author Michael Scott Moore has suggested that his treatment at the hands of Somali pirates who held him hostage was at least in some ways better than how President Donald Trump's administration believes immigrants should be treated.
Moore, held by Somali pirates from January 2012 to September 2014 for a total of 977 days, called the Trump administration on a Saturday tweet. In his post, the author, who wrote a memoir of his time in captivity entitled Island and the Sea wrote a link to a NowThis video of a lawyer for Trump's Justice Department, in which he explained in court that the administration should not be obliged to provide basic hygiene products such as a toothbrush and soap or blankets for detained immigrants.
"Somali pirates gave me toothpaste and soap," Moore pointed out in his caption over the video.
After the post became viral, Moore went back and added several tweets to create a thread that provides additional context.
In one of them, he shared a link to what he considers "the best short essay on American camps." That essay is the title: "Some suburbs of hell: America's new concentration camp system." The former hostages also shared a link to donate money to a nonprofit providing legal assistance to immigrant families and children.
The Justice Minister's Sarah Fabian argued last Tuesday to create "safe and health conditions for detainees" not to mean that the Trump administration had to supply them with toothbrushes, towels, and other basic products. The judges who listened to his arguments were surprised at the proposal.
"If you don't have a toothbrush if you don't have soap, if you don't have a blanket, it's not safe and hygienic" Senior US Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima said. "Wouldn't everybody agree on that?" he asked.
Last week, progressive democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also criticized the administration's tough immigration policies and referred to detention centers as concentration camps. Although many right wingers and politicians burst the guard to use an expression most often associated with the Holocaust during World War II, many others jumped to her defense, while also using the term to criticize the camps with immigrants.
The hashtag #CloseTheCamps was trending this weekend, many social media users called on the administration to close the controversial facilities.
"It's child abuse, it's unmanageable, and we can't wring our hands out of discomfort with the situation," wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter on Friday. "We must have the courage to see this for what it is."
Actress Patricia Arquette also tweeted on the president: "What about you dealing with your child-abused shaken detention centers? Get those kids, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, showers, hairbrushes, foods that are healthy. Carpets and mattresses, toilets, showers and clean clothes. NOW "