Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) on Wednesday tried to claim that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was needed to stop drugs and “diseases” from entering his community — but he quickly crumpled after being fact checked by CNN host Alisyn Camerota.
During his interview, Wenstrup insisted that the proposed border wall was not a partisan issue and was just about “trying to find what’s actually going to work best to keep Americans safe and secure” and to “stop the flow of any diseases coming into our country,” as well as illegal drugs.
Camerota, however, quickly called him out for lying.
“Diseases are not pouring into the country,” she said. “And one more thing about what you keep saying about drugs: As you know, the DEA says that the heroin that is coming into our country comes through legal ports of entry through private passenger cars and through tractor trailers. A wall won’t solve that!”
Wenstrup totally dodged Camerota’s point about the wall not being able to stop drugs and instead said he would “invite people to come to my district, ground zero for the heroin problem in our country, and talk to the addicts… talk to the family who have lost someone.”
Camerota countered by telling him that “drug addicts and their families in your district will be sorely disappointed when you build 234 miles in the wall and the drug problem is not solved.”
Watch the video below.
Tribe demolishes Dershowitz for claim Trump can do no wrong: ‘He’s selling out for attention’
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"We've got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it," said Tribe. "He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don't know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it's an abuse but it's not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can't remove him for it. That really — that's disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that."
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"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.
"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."
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Trump left the country the night before the impeachment proceedings were slated to begin. He refused to say a word to reporters, who he normally answers questions from when headed to board Marine One.
Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart explained that in theory, a president would want to do something huge and important to distract from the impeachment. Trump, however, has a tendency to take any progress and blow it with a tweet.