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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Judge rules against NC man who says lynching ‘threat’ to Muslim candidate is ‘free speech’
A federal appeals court ruled this week that a North Carolina man must face trial after he allegedly threatened a Muslim candidate with lynching.
Attorneys for Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, argued that charges against their client should be dropped on the grounds of freedom of speech, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person. He allegedly used anonymous social media accounts to communicate lynching threats.
Kavanaugh book authors battle The View’s Meghan McCain over New York Times uproar
The authors of a new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared on "The View" to explain some of the controversial aspects of an excerpt published by the New York Times.
Co-host Meghan McCain pressed authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, whose book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was published Tuesday, to explain an editor's note that conservatives have argued invalidates some of their bombshell reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against the justice.
Thank you for the question," Kelly explained. "We're eager to clear the air on this. First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course we had to edit for length and clarity."
BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks
A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.
Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.
According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”
He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.