An exhausted Julian Castro busted Meghan McCain for pushing “right-wing talking points” to misrepresent his position on immigration.
The Democratic presidential candidate hadn’t slept yet after taking part in the first primary debate Wednesday and making multiple television appearances Thursday morning after drawing widespread praise for his performance, and he made a remote appearance on “The View.”
“I hear what you are saying,” McCain said, “but if you decriminalize, aren’t you calling for open borders, and how can you enforce any rules if there are no repercussions for doing something illegal?”
Castro tried to correct her characterization of his views.
“Well, there would be repercussions,” he said. “Somebody is still in the court system, they’re still subject to be deported, if that’s the determination of the court. So what’s the difference between somebody charged with a misdemeanor crime and somebody charged a civil violation? At the end of the day, they’re still in that civil court process, and they may well be deported, so this is not open borders. That’s a right-wing talking point.”
“With all due respect, sir,” she began, “I don’t think it’s a right-wing talking point when you are saying that someone who is doing something illegal, that there shouldn’t be ramifications, which at a certain point, if you become a general election candidate against Trump, you’re going to have to win over people like me who are skeptical of this.”
Castro dismissed her criticism as absurd.
“How can we possibly say that we have open borders when we have 654 miles of fences, thousands of personnel at the border?” he said. “We have planes, we have boats, we have helicopters, we have guns. We have security cameras and states like my home state of Texas that put an extra $800 million into border security.”
“We can maintain a secure border,” Castro added, “and people are still subject to the law, but what I don’t believe we should do is criminalize desperation. We should criminalize crime, and the point that I made last night was, if we’re concerned about human trafficking or drug trafficking, we already have laws to criminalize that and hold people accountable for that.”
Room erupts in laughter as Democrat Peter Welch destroys Jim Jordan during impeachment hearing
There was a moment of brevity four-hours into the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the bombastic Freedom Caucus member who was added to the committee at the last moment by Republicans, had argued that the White House whistleblower started the scandal.
"There’s one witness, one witness that they won’t bring in front of us, they won’t bring in front of the American people, and that’s the guy who started it all, the whistleblower," Jordan argued.
Unfortunately for the wrestling coach turned politician, Jordan was followed by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).
Trump ignores impeachment to host Turkey’s Erdogan at the White House
President Donald Trump greeted his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House for a high-stakes meeting Wednesday that underlined his claim to be ignoring the impeachment drama unfolding simultaneously in Congress.
The two leaders were to hold several hours of meetings, including lunch, before giving a joint news conference.
While Congress listened to evidence against Trump from two diplomats in the impeachment inquiry, the US president met Erdogan on the White House's South Lawn, together with a military honor guard, before heading straight to the Oval Office.
Dem lawmaker rips apart top GOP anti-impeachment talking point: ‘Attempted extortion’ is still a crime
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) on Wednesday tore apart one of the major arguments made by House Republicans during public impeachment hearings.
Throughout the hearing, Republicans argued that there was no scandal in the president's behavior regarding military aid to Ukraine because the aid eventually got delivered.
Castro, during his questioning of impeachment witnesses Bill Taylor and George Kent, expertly pulled this talking point apart by showing that President Donald Trump's efforts to extort Ukraine only failed because he got caught.
Castro began by asking the witnesses why Ukraine didn't actually go through with plans to investigate Burisma, the former employer of Hunter Biden, even though the country had been poised to do so.