Steve Schmidt Says Immigrants Treated Like Slaves at an Auction: This Has Stained Our National Honor

Following President Donald Trump‘s morning tweetstorm threatening to shut down the southern border, former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt slammed the commander in chief’s treatment of immigrants, comparing it to one of the nation’s darkest moments.

In an interview Thursday with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Schmidt called family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border “a moral outrage that harkens to the worse excesses in the history of the country — to the separation of families at the slave auction blocks, to the separation of native American families.”

Schmidt, who left the GOP out of frustration over its transformation under Trump, lamented the plight of immigrants who’ve fled their homes in fear of violence only to have their children taken from them upon entering the U.S.

The ex-strategist blamed in part Democrats, whom he felt failed “to address this as a small issue, not as a profound stain on our national honor, as a profoundly un-American policy.”

Schmidt received praise from actress Rosie O’Donnell who was also present, and fully agreed with his take, stating, “I would like to move next door to you and have coffee and discuss every single day,” still stunned by his decision to move away from the GOP.

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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