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Conservative host scrambles to stop doctor from debunking anti-immigrant virus claims

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Conservative TV host J.D. Hayworth hurried to cut off a guest on Thursday who was debunking the conservative argument that Central American immigrants are bringing infectious diseases into the U.S., Right Wing Watch reported.

“I actually think the threat of diseases coming into the United States from Central America is fairly remote,” Dr. Peter Hotez — who specializes in treating those types of diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston — told a surprised Hayworth during an interview on Newsmax. “The problem is not so much immigration. We call them neglected tropical diseases, and that’s a bit of a misnomer. They’re diseases of poverty.

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Hayworth, a former Republican congressman from Arizona, broached the topic by asking Horetz to focus on the country’s “southern borders.”

“We are hearing widespread infectious diseases coming into the United States,” Hayworth argued, without identifying his sources. “Tell us about the nature of the threat of these diseases coming into the United States.”

In fact, medical professionals like Hotez have stated that Central American countries actually have a higher rate of vaccination against diseases like tuberculosis than the U.S.

Horetz explained that the 20 million U.S. families living in extreme poverty and living on an average of $2 per day are particularly succeptible to disease, due to conditions in neighborhoods like Houston’s Fifth Ward.

“[You] see environmental degradation, poor-quality housing, no window screens, discarded tires along the side of the road collecting water,” he said. “It looks like the global health movie you show to a first-year medical student. That’s where the focus needs to be, where Texas and the Gulf Coast are at the confluence of poverty, and also warm climate.”

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As Hotez elaborated on his point, Hayworth cut him off, saying, “Time is growing short” and thanking him for appearing.

Hayworth served in Congress from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure there, Radar magazine ranked him as one of the country’s 10 “dumbest Congressmen,” saying his support of “English-only” legislation proved “the adage that those who can’t do, legislate.”

Watch the discussion, as posted by Right Wing Watch, below.

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[Image via J.D. Hayworth official Facebook page]

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Adam Schiff buries one of the GOP’s remaining anti-impeachment talking points

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a hammer to one of the Republican Party's few remaining talking points aimed at undermining the House impeachment inquiry.

Throughout the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, Republicans kept saying that there couldn't be any kind of extortion scheme on President Donald Trump's part because Ukraine got its military aid without publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Schiff, however, showed why this argument simply doesn't hold up.

"My colleagues seem to be under the impression that unless the president spoke the words, 'Ambassador Sondland, I am bribing the Ukrainian president,' that there's no evidence of bribery!" he said.

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John Dean says Gordon Sondland just had his ‘John Dean moment’ by flipping on Trump: ‘The truth has come out’

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Former White House aide John Dean on Wednesday compared his testimony against President Richard Nixon to the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

"This has been called by some commentators a John Dean moment," CNN host Jake Tapper noted during a break in the testimony. "And there is no person I can think of who is better qualified to weigh in on that than John Dean."

"Is he the John Dean of this impeachment inquiry?" Tapper wondered.

"His statement certainly caught the Republicans off guard," Dean replied. "They didn't pick away -- just a few little picky points."

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‘The worst day with the most damning evidence’: CNN’s Tapper explains how Sondland was very bad for Trump

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony before the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry on Wednesday generated several startling revelations, including confirmation of an explicit quid-pro-quo deal involving investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN's Jake Tapper described Sondland's testimony as "a monumental and historic moment on what may turn out to be the worst day with the most damning evidence for President Trump in the impeachment inquiry."

He then laid out all the ways that Sondland has been very bad news for the president.

"Sondland directly implicated the president in directing the operation to pressure Ukraine," Tapper explained. "Sondland is testifying that there very clearly was a quid pro quo -- this was for a White House visit for the Ukrainians in exchange for an announcement about an investigation into the company Burisma and the Bidens. Now, Sondland later said it became clear to him that the quid pro quo also, he presumed, was tied to the holdup of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Ukraine desperately needed."

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