not sure what that has to do with anything?..

I think it's a knee-jerk response.
a knee-jerk reaction, answer etc is what you feel or say about a situation from habit, without thinking about it.

When it's immigration criminals, we hear, 'no human being is illegal'. When it's veterans who have no place to go, all we hear are crickets, then, 'guilty'. They are guilty of not wanting to die of exposure. In Denver, 'camping' means sleeping outdoors with a blanket.