MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski grilled an Oklahoma Republican for continuing to insist on border wall funding in a spending bill to reopen the government.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) appeared Thursday on “Morning Joe,” where he faced tough questions from Brzezinski over the federal government shutdown that’s hurting his constituents and fellow members of the Cherokee Nation.
“These are people you’re especially concerned about and the impasse is over this billion-dollar funding for a border wall,” Brzezinski said. “Isn’t there a way to put that decision off perhaps, and vote to reopen the government, which is something I would think you would want?”
Mullin complained that congressional Democrats had approved $52 billion for the National Fence Act but refused to give President Donald Trump the $5 billion he demanded for a border wall, which the lawmaker said would improve national security.
“We might agree to disagree on whether the wall actually does that,” Brzezinski said. “Let me ask you about a decision clearly you have to make politically. What’s more important to you, the wall or the impact of the shutdown on Native Americans in your district?”
The lawmaker said the most important consideration to him was the national security risk, and Brzezinski immediately headed him off.
“So the wall is more important at this point than ending the shutdown and the impact it has on your constituents?” she said.
Mullin claimed 300 Americans a week were killed by accidental overdoses related to drugs flowing across the southern border, which he said justified Trump’s wall.
“We have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border, yes, that is a huge concern,” he said. “Native Americans shouldn’t be in this fight. The reason why they shouldn’t, it’s a federal obligation based on a trust, and the trust was because the United States forcefully moved Native Americans from their traditional lands years ago, and they said if you go from where you’re traditionally at to someplace other, like my family got moved to Oklahoma, then in return we’re going to take care of your health care.”
Brzezinski wasn’t convinced by his argument, and she asked whether his constituents agreed a wall would stop the flow of drugs.
“It’s not just the wall, it’s border security, too,” Mullin said. “$805 million is to help scan vehicles coming across our port of entries. Right now only 20 percent of the vehicles get scanned coming into the United States, yet we’ve caught 1.7 million pounds of narcotics. With $850 million, we can inspect 100 percent of the vehicles as they flow in. Can you imagine the amount of drugs we can stop?”
Brzezinski said she could imagine, but she asked why Republicans and Democrats couldn’t agree to that amount and move on without a wall to reopen the government.
“Your constituents are hurting — that’s on you,” she said. “You have to decide what you want at this point.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.
At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.
Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.
"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.
Watch the video below from the NAACP.
Why this 2017 German magazine’s cover painting of Trump as a Nazi is getting so much attention now
Just months after Donald Trump was sworn in as President, a drawing of the nascent American president was featured on the cover of a top German magazine. Trump was painted as draped in the American flag, and giving a Nazi salute. That chilling August 2017 edition of the German weekly magazine, Stern, received tremendous international attention.
"His fight! Neo-Nazis, KU-Klux Klan, racism: How Donald Trump is protecting hate in America," is a Facebook-generated translation of the cover story's title.
Kellyanne Conway erupts after Fox hosts question Trump’s attacks on The Squad
Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday went off on an angry rant after Fox News hosts questioned the wisdom of President Donald Trump's latest attacks on four Democratic lawmakers known as "The Squad."
In particular, Conway was asked about Trump's tweet in which he said Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were incapable of loving the United States.
Conway responded by attacking the women for voting against funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which the lawmakers argued would just be giving the president money to further his campaign of abusing immigrants.