Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Tuesday insisted that photographs of immigrant children being held in detention centers “look quite compassionate” — even though many of them appear to be held in what have been described as “cages.”
During a discussion about President Donald Trump’s “no tolerance” immigration policy, Outnumbered co-host Cathy Areu argued that there is no crisis of immigrants flooding across the border.
“The photos are horrifying,” co-host Melissa Francis said. “And everyone on all sides is very upset. It’s obviously very charged.”
“I mean, these are the laws that are on the books,” she added, ignoring the fact that Trump could change the policy with a telephone call. “Go back, get your pencil out and don’t go home and don’t go to bed until you’ve written [some new laws].”
Co-host Trish Regan furthered the myth that Democrats are at fault for the Trump policy of separating families.
“They would rather play this out on a very emotional level because you’re appealing — in the Democrats’ mind — to people’s hearts,” Regan stated. “Nobody wants to see children separated from their parents but, at the same time, it plays to any hatred they can gin up for Donald Trump.”
“The economy is gangbusters!” Hegseth interrupted. “So they’re sending the nightly newscasts down to the border to report from there like this is suddenly now an issue because it’s happening under Donald Trump.”
“Melissa, you said you find all the images horrifying,” Hegseth continued, turning to Francis. “I actually think — many of them — look quite compassionate. Our government is trying to say, ‘These are kids, these are young kids. We’re going to make sure they’re fed well.'”
“They’re temporarily going to be there and reunited with their parents,” he insisted. “These are not concentration camps, which is what people have said. You can defend the defensible. And in this case, this is defensible.”
Francis fired back: “Pete, there is no moment in time when somebody would take my child away from me that I wouldn’t be hysterical.”
But Regan praised Trump’s policy for allegedly having a deterrent effect, which she called “tough love.”
“If they know they are being separated from their child for an indefinite amount of time, maybe they rethink that,” she remarked. “Because, as you said, who would do that? Who would ever be willing to do that so maybe it is a kind of tough love environment with the U.S. government saying, ‘You know what? You do something illegally and you’re not going to be rewarded for it.'”
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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’
Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.
"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.
"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.
"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.
Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’
Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.
Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.