Texas Republican congressman Will Hurd slammed President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign the continuing resolution funding the government because it didn’t include funding for his border wall, saying that despite frequent GOP rhetoric to the contrary, telling MSNBC on Thursday he wasn’t sent to Washington “to burn the place down.”
Asked by host Ali Velshi to offer his opinion on “where things stand,” Hurd laid down his burden.
“Where things stand is that the American people actually sent us up to Washington, D.C., to get things done, not burn the place down, so we should be able to fund the government,” Hurd said. He added that the House should vote anyway to see if they had enough vote to override a veto. But when he turned to the president’s insistence on a wall, the congressman let loose.
“This fallacy that a wall equals border security,” he said. “I spent a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA chasing bad guys. We are monitoring or keeping track of the wrong metric.”
“It’s not how many miles of wall that’s going to keep us safe, it’s are we keeping bad people and keeping drugs out of our country,” Hurd reiterated, saying the answer was manpower and technology. “Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”
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Trump plans to attack the ‘left wing mob’ in culture war tirade at Mount Rushmore: report
On Friday evening, President Donald Trump will deliver a Fourth of July speech in front of Mount Rushmore. And according to ABC News reporter Will Steakin, the president plans to use the speech to engage in culture war saber-rattling, attacking the "left wing mob" for pushing to remove Confederate statues and other monuments that glorify racist aspects of American history.
Trump Rushmore speech will slam “left wing mob” trying to tear down “our history," campaign official briefed tells @ABC News
‘Reprehensible’ cops fired for reenacting chokehold at memorial site: ‘A crime against humanity and decency’
Four former police officers are out of work over "reprehensible" photos taken at a memorial site where a 23-year-old Black man was killed by police while walking home.
"Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two of the three officers who posed for a photo last October reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest — the third officer already had resigned — and terminated another officer who received the photo," The Denver Post reported Friday. "That officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was one of the three officers involved in McClain’s death last summer."
DC police union buried in mockery after accidentally revealing their own incompetence in stopping crime
On Friday, the Twitter account for the Washington, D.C. police union posted statistics on a recent upswing in crime rates in the area — trying to imply that police accountability reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing are preventing officers from doing their jobs.
YoY Crime Stats in DC 6/3 - 7/3
Homicide ⬆️28%Armed Robbery ⬆️33%Shootings ⬆️41%Burglary ⬆️45%Stolen Auto ⬆️45%
This is what ‘knee-jerk’ policies look like in your neighborhood.