Conservative radio personality Ben Ferguson was slammed by a CNN host and co-panelist Saturday after suggesting that people who live on the US-Mexico border are in favor of the government seizing their land to build a wall.
While waiting for a Beto O’Rourke rally in El Paso, Texas, Ferguson said the former congressman-turned-presidential-candidate is “okay with alienating people” as he opposes Donald Trump’s strict border policies.
Host Fredricka Whitfield noted that many property owners who live on the border are concerned that the government will seize their land via eminent domain — and the conservative pundit hit back, claiming there’s “very few” people who’ve gone on the record with that criticism.
“That’s actually not true,” Democratic consultant and former MSNBC host Karen Finney responded.
“I’ve read a lot of stories, I’ve read a lot of accounts of property owners who don’t like the idea of eminent domain,” Whitfield added. “They don’t even like that there’s been surveying on their properties, asking for the potential of taking their land. That’s pretty documented.”
Ferguson said that while “some” landowners at the US-Mexico border, “the people that are most welcoming to show you what’s happening and how the people are coming across are the people that own that land.”
Those people, he added, are “in favor of border security” — a claim Whitfield and Finney immediately took to task.
“Not in favor of eminent domain,” the host said, “not in favor of giving up their land or seeing their land taken away.”
“We can’t say that there’s an overwhelming majority,” Finney said. “There’s no data point on that.”
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta slams Georgia governor’s bizarre excuse for not putting the state on shutdown sooner
On CNN Thursday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta laid into Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for claiming the he didn't know until today that coronavirus can be spread by people with no symptoms.
"I mean, if he didn't know that until the last 24 hours, he might be the only person, certainly the only alleged leader to not know that," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "I find that incredible."
"It's inexcusable, Anderson," said Gupta. "This is really — I can't believe — I live in Georgia, as you know, and I can tell you I have grade school students that are — my kids who know this. The CDC has been talking about this since the beginning of February. You know where the CDC is? In, Georgia, the same state where the governor said he didn't know this till the last 24 hours? I mean, Anderson, this is one of the most serious issues I think maybe any of us will sort of deal with, perhaps in our lifetime. And the governor of a state says he didn't know something that the country has known and has been acting on, thinking about for two months, he says he didn't know this until the last 24 hours."
WATCH: Gov. Cuomo’s somber briefing takes a hilarious turn as his brother Chris calls in to discuss his coronavirus-fueled hallucinations
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) welcomed his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, to the Thursday press conference to discuss the impact the virus has had on him.
The younger Cuomo brother explained that the high fever (over 103) is causing him “rigors” that made him chip a tooth because he was shaking so much. But overnight on Wednesday, Cuomo said he had a hallucination of the governor appearing to him in a ballet costume saying he wished he could magically banish the virus. He then waved a wand and danced away.
"Obviously the fever is effecting your mental capacity," the governor said with a wry tone.
Trump-loving Florida governor torn to pieces by Dem lawmaker for ‘immoral’ handling of COVID-19 pandemic
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) on Thursday tore into Trump-loving Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While appearing on CNN, Shalala hammered DeSantis for being unwilling to take in non-Florida residents --including many American citizens -- who are stuck on a cruise ship filled with infected people.
"It is immoral to not let them come," she said. "Look, the British, the Germans, no one in the world is turning away Americans if they have coronavirus in their countries. We have to admit them."
Shalala then crushed DeSantis for taking so long to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, and in particular for waiting for President Donald Trump to signal it would be the right move before acting.