Cynthia Nixon calls separating families 'devastating,' wants ICE to be abolished

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Cynthia Nixon, the former "Sex and the City" actress who is running for governor of New York, said the separation of families at the southern border is “devastating.”

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Nixon, a Democrat, had harsh words not only for her opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but also President Donald Trump.

She said that she was pleased Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday “protecting” the children “from him.”

“I guess I am glad he has signed this executive order against himself, protecting them from him. I wish he would sign some more executive orders protecting all of us from him,” Nixon said Thursday on "The View."

She said the government's reluctance to release photos of the facilities or allow journalists inside the buildings where children are being held is a public relations tactic.

PHOTO: Cynthia Nixon visits The View on the ABC television network, June 21, 2018.Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC
Cynthia Nixon visits "The View" on the ABC television network, June 21, 2018.

“I think it’s the same as how they didn’t want to show footage of Vietnam, because it turned public opinion so much when you show people what's really happening and the brutality and the injustice of what's happening. It's very hard to defend this kind of a policy,” she said.

As for reports that some children have been separated from their guardians at the border and sent to other cities for care, including New York City, Nixon responded, “I don’t know that it’s worse to have them here than it is to have them in Texas,” adding that the moves put the children even further away from their parents.

PHOTO: Cynthia Nixon visits The View on the ABC television network, June 21, 2018.Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC
Cynthia Nixon visits "The View" on the ABC television network, June 21, 2018.

She continued, “I think it's important to know also parents and children aren't just being separated at the border. They are being separated throughout this country by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. I think we need to abolish ICE. That seems really clear. They have strayed so far from the interests of the American people and the interests of humanity.”

Regarding Cuomo, she said she believes he is “more of a Republican” in spite of his family’s Democratic history, but the Trump administration is providing him an opportunity to paint himself as a liberal.

“I think he’s barely progressive,” she said of Cuomo. "He’s trying to find his progressive self with Donald Trump in the White House and a primary challenge from me but it doesn’t fit him very well, this newly made progressive suit.”

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