Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich called a California Democrat out on his party’s cavalier attitude toward illegal immigration — except when it comes to a certain Slovene-American immigrant who happens to be the wife of Donald Trump.
Gingrich locked horns with Clinton surrogate Rep. Xavier Becerra On “Fox News Sunday over the issue, raised by the Democrat.
“After 30,000 e-mails have been disclosed, what we don’t yet know is one tax return from Donald Trump, we don’t yet know how his wife gained her immigration status –” Becerra began at about the 5:00 minute mark.
After some back-and-forth and crosstalk, Gingrich said that it was public knowledge that Melania Trump had obtained a green card before she and the Republican presidential nominee had met.
“How did she get the green card? ” Becerra asked several times.
“She applied for a green card,” Gingrich answered. “She didn’t know Donald Trump.”
After they seemed to both agreed that Mrs. Trump legally immigrated to the United States, Gingrich threw down his trump card.
“This is the only immigrant in America you’re worried about,” he told Becerra. “I think it’s amazing the one person you decide to pick on happens to the wife of Donald Trump.”
“It’s interesting that the immigrant basher is unwilling to explain how his wife, an immigrant, gained her status,” Becerra said, not letting go of the issue.
Then Gingrich took issue with the label “immigrant basher.”
“[Trump’s] not an immigrant basher, his mother was a legal immigrant, his wife is a legal immigrant, he employs legal immigrants,” he said. “He just likes his immigrants to be legal.”
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