A Democratic lawmaker who was twice decorated for heroism fighting in Iraq in 2004 and 2004 –earning him the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation for valor — came under fire from a foe closer to home when he was attacked by a Fox News host for refusing to vote for a bill banning Syrian refugees from the U.S.
Appearing on Fox Business, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said he couldn’t support a bill sponsored by Republicans that would push “pause” on accepting refugees from the war torn Middle East.
“Passing this bill is playing right into ISIS’s hands,” Moulton said. “You are making it easier for ISIS to recruit people here at home.”
An excitable Stuart Varney lost it as Moulton attempted to explain his position over Varney’s interruptions.
“It increases our population!” Varney insisted before asking, “We take the risk on your behalf?”
“No no no, “a smiling Moulton replied. “We not taking it on our behalf. We’re trying to make America safer. We’re trying to make it harder for ISIS to recruit here, because that’s what they do. They didn’t just send refugees into Paris for attacks. They recruited people in Paris.”
Varney continued to assert that expanding the number of Muslims in America makes the country less safe.
“What radicalizes [Muslims in the U.S.] is saying they are different, ” Moulton attempted to explain. “That is exactly what ISIS wants, that’s what they need as a propaganda tool to radicalize.”
Moulton also had to explain that refugees already go through a comprehensive process before being admitted to the country, with Varney asking, “Are you sure of that?” to which Moulton, answered, “Yes.”
“If one of those people comes into America that you want to bring in here, and one of them kills an American, will you take responsibility for that?” Varney bellowed.
“What happens if ISIS uses this bill to radicalize people here at home?” Moulton responded.
After Varney repeatedly badgered the vet with his question, Moulton replied, “I fought these guys overseas, I get what it means. I’m not going to vote for something that plays into the hands of ISIS.”
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WATCH: CNN’s Blitzer corners Trump’s chief of staff for trying to downplay COVID failures
On CNN Thursday, anchor Wolf Blitzer confronted President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows about his failure to follow public health guidelines and demonstrate leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A study from Columbia University ... found that anywhere from 130,000 to 210,000 lives potentially could have been saved over these past eight, nine, ten months with a more robust federal response," said Blitzer. "Why did the president say just this week when he was asked what he would have done differently, he said not much?"
"Well, I can tell you that if your study says that they can save 210,000 lives, I haven't read it, but it would be very difficult to imagine that scenario ... I don't know that any scientist or any doctor would agree with that particular analysis," said Meadows. "What we have here is a clock that keeps talking about the number of cases that we have. It really doesn't talk about the advances that we need to make on the therapeutics, vaccines and treatment side of things."
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"With a president whose performance is as rotten as Trump’s (Gallup also shows him with a 43 percent job approval rating), his only hope was to make his opponent even more unappealing than himself," wrote Rubin. "Trump, however, never settled on an effective attack on Biden and, in any case, cannot stand ceding attention to anyone else. Trump’s performance, his lies, his antics, his insults, his crackpot conspiracy theories, his attacks on the media and his financial scandals have remained front and center. In other words, Trump’s raging narcissism has prevented him from doing what was necessary to give him a reasonable chance to win reelection."
Fox News host predicts impeachment for President Biden — right after inauguration
Fox News' host Greg Gutfeld ranted on Thursday that the day after Vice President Joe Biden is inaugurated that Republicans should impeach him.
Yelling into the camera, Gutfeld ranted that Trump got rid of ISIS and stopped North Korea from setting off nuclear weapons, both of which aren't true.
"So, now we're all talking about are "words, words, words' as opposed to Joe Biden's deeds," he continued. "There's a foreign policy issue we should discuss. He has compromised himself. And to Jesse's point, once -- If he actually wins, impeachment proceedings start the day after inauguration."