The national spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign seemingly saw no difference between law-abiding Muslims and the “insurgents” Trump purports to want to keep out of the US with his proposed ban on Muslim immigration in a heated discussion with CNN’s S.E. Cupp on Tuesday.
“No one’s talking about allowing insurgents,” Cupp said to Katrina Pierson. “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims. That’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents.”
“Yes, from Arab nations,” Pierson responded. “You know what? So what? They’re Muslim.”
“So what?” Cupp asked. “That’s not the nation we live in, Katrina.”
“But it is, S.E.,” Pierson countered. “Simply because you have people coming across through the refugee system and the visa system — including the woman that came in San Bernardino on a visa system, as well as some of the 9/11 hijackers. We have to put a pause to figure out how we could better vet these people.”
Trump’s proposal has garnered criticism from both Democrats and other Republicans, while Cupp called it “dumb” for being impossible to enforce.
“It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. I also think it gives ISIS exactly what it wants, which makes us less safe,” she said. “I also think it’s pretty morally repulsive, and I think it’s unconstitutional and unAmerican. And I don’t see a shred of what Donald Trump is suggesting that is conservative by nature at all. So I’m not really sure what his supporters are turned on by here.”
Pierson, however, dismissed House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) statement earlier in the day that Trump’s proposal “is not conservatism.”
“Speaker Ryan and the rest of the establishment haven’t really been pushing Republican values to begin with,” she said.
Watch the discussion, as aired on Tuesday, below.
Lincoln Project only needed 19 words to show 4 fatal flaws with Trump’s payroll tax holiday
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed an executive order creating a payroll tax holiday that he hopes will become permanent.
"President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection in November, a hard-to-accomplish political gambit that some experts see as a major headache for the future of the country’s entitlement programs," The Washington Post reports. "Trump unexpectedly promised the policy action as he signed a directive that aims to help cash-starved Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order allows workers to postpone their payroll tax payments into next year but doesn’t absolve their bills outright — though the president said he would seek to waive what people owe if he prevails on Election Day."
‘Paula Reid emasculated Trump’: Reporter praised for calling out Trump on his lies about veterans
President Donald Trump on Saturday lied about signing Barack Obama's Veterans Choice bill -- as he has done over 140 times.
But unlike the other scores of times he has lied about the topic, Trump was called to task for his mistruth during his Saturday press conference at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans
President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.
Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.
But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.