Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took Congressional Democrats to task over their lies regarding the national emergency at the U.S. southern border, which they have allowed to worsen in order to blame the crisis on President Donald Trump.
Gaetz played a clip on a loop of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) laughing off the notion of a humanitarian crisis at the border while being asked about it in an interview from January before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) issued a point of order suggesting Gaetz repeating the “out of context” clip was inappropriate. She was informed by the parliamentarian that he was not out of order.
“I just think that’s quite something when you’re fed back your own words from your own leadership from earlier this year, you think that’s out of context and inappropriate and not allowed,” Gaetz said referring to the clip.
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“Again, we didn’t raise the issue. It was the gentlelady from Texas that said these allegations from Republicans that we were in denial, they’re offensive, we’ve always known of the crisis, and the Democratic whip laughed,” Gaetz continued.
Clyburn was not the only Congressional Democratic leader who denied the reality of the crisis at the U.S. southern border. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did so as well.
“Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes,” Schumer said in January. “This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
Sen. Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren (D-MA) denied the order crisis as well while it was unfolding, only to virtue-signal and blame Trump when it became politically convenient for her to do so.
So Elizabeth Warren says she went to the border in June 2018 and saw a humanitarian crisis, but then in March 2019 she tweeted that the border crisis was fake. pic.twitter.com/SBLW1fIhXb
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 26, 2019
Gaetz made note that the Trump administration has been sounding the alarm bells the entire time.
“You know who doesn’t think it’s funny? The Trump administration, because [Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security] Secretary [Kevin] McAleenan has been ringing the warning bell for months about the crisis. He begged you all to take action more quickly,” Gaetz said.
“It should be very clear from these numbers that we ‘re facing alarming trends and a rising volume of people illegally crossing our southwest border, or arriving at our ports of entry without documents,” McAleenan said back in March. “The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.”
Democrats have ignored the warnings from the Trump administration, instead choosing to play politics with the issue of border security with U.S. communities and migrant children suffering mightily as a result.
“One of the reasons why so many young people, so many vulnerable people are in tragic conditions is because we didn’t act when the administration wanted us to provide funding that was absolutely necessary to care for people,” Gaetz explained.
“It wasn’t the Republicans that were in denial. It was all of you, and it was in your own words from your own leadership. Be offended with the Democratic whip, not the House Republicans,” Gaetz concluded.
The smack down can be seen in its full context here:
Dems, when they’re fed back their own words, from their own leadership, from earlier this year, they think it’s inappropriate!@WhipClyburn laughed at the crisis on our border. Thought it was funny. You know who doesn’t think it’s funny? The @realDonaldTrump administration. pic.twitter.com/LmC0WgIHsU
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 11, 2019
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