Congressional Republicans are now claiming that the situation on the southern U.S. border is a crisis that demands building a wall — despite the fact that they themselves didn’t fund the border wall during the past two years, when they had control of the White House, the House and the Senate.
Appearing on CNN, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) disputed the notion that the Republican Party had any kind of power to fund President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall during the two years where they had control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress.
During a discussion on immigration in which Higgins repeatedly said the situation at the border was a “crisis,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out that illegal border crossings have declined significantly from where they were in years past and asked Higgins why it has only now become an emergency that requires shutting down the federal government.
“Why didn’t the GOP Congress, when it controlled the Senate, the House, and the White House, why wasn’t it a crisis last year?” he asked. “Why wasn’t there an effort to shut down the government then?”
“Brother, that’s not a sincere question!” Higgins objected. “That’s like me asking why didn’t, when President Obama was president and the Democrats controlled both houses, why didn’t they fix DACA? Why didn’t they handle Dreamers?”
During Obama’s presidency, the Democrats never once shut down the government in order to force Republicans to pass their immigration bills.
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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.
"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."
CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.
"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."
Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’
In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.
When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.
"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."