CNN political commentator Angela Rye pushed back when conservative counterpart Kayleigh McEnany tried to argue that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were prioritizing “criminal immigrants.”
“First and foremost, immigration is a civil matter. In and of itself it’s not criminal,” Rye said. “When we talk about the criminals being let out on the streets it’s important to know that these are people who had criminal convictions who served their time and now in one way or another either they’re out on bail or they’re out on parole. They served their time criminally and again, immigration is a civil matter.”
McEnany parroted a popular argument among conservative outlets, arguing that Obama let 20,000 “criminal immigrants. She also quoted a New York Times editorial from this past February accusing Clinton of “an unfortunate tendency to oscillate between harshness and compassion on immigration questions.”
“The real questions on the realm of immigration are with Hillary Clinton,” she said.
Later in the segment, McEnany tried another popular conservative tactic in linking the immigration issue to the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle, whose death was shown to be the result of an accidental ricochet.
“The point that I’m raising is — and I, again, like so many others of us that have said this,” Rye said. “I feel horribly for what happened to her family. That is a terrible situation. But for us to make it seem like there are 30,000 plus immigrants here, undocumented people here who murdered people is a gross misrepresentation of the truth.”
“One is too many,” McEnany said.
“I agree with you, Kayleigh, but we can’t misrepresent the number,” Rye responded.
“Ask Kate Steinle’s parents,” McEnany insisted.
Watch the discussion, as posted online, below.
Trump questions US military over reports of UFOs and doubts existence of extraterrestrial life in ABC interview
In the most recent excerpt from his interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos, President Donald Trump expressed skepticism at the existence of UFOs despite recent revelations from the Pentagon of sightings.
Asked about alien visitations, Trump was curt and dismissive.
"I think it’s probably -- I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I've seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular," Trump explained.
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies aged 96: media
Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli died Saturday at the age of 96 at his home in Rome, local media reported.
The director of movies and operas "died serenely after a long illness, which had worsened these last months," Italian media said, citing family members.
"I never wanted this day to come. Franco Zeffirelli departed this morning. One of the greatest men in the world of culture. We join in the grief of his loved ones. Goodbye, dear Master, Florence will never forget you," tweeted Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, where Zeffirelli was born.
A director, screenwriter, and producer, Zeffirelli has about 20 feature films to his name.
New documents reveal how a young Trump bullied the press for years as he hid his actual wealth
On Friday, journalist Jonathan Greenberg published a stunning exposé of how Donald Trump, in his younger years, managed to maintain his brand of success and fortune — and keep attracting investors to his projects — even in the face of devastating business losses and incompetence.
The short answer: he threatened, intimidated, and bullied reporters out of telling the truth about his business empire.