Post-tax reform, things were moving forward until “s—holegate” came along and some commentators just want the latest controversy to blow over already.
On Monday morning, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade sparred with his co-hosts over President Trump’s alleged “s—hole countries” characterization of Haiti and African nations.
Kilmeade called the president’s alleged remark “unfortunate,” and discussed the conflicting accounts of last week’s White House immigration meeting.
Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have said the president did use the phrase, while senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., as well as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have contested the accusations.
“Bottom line is, unfortunate comments were exchanged behind closed doors,” Kilmeade concluded.
The Fox host went on to urge both sides to put the issue aside and strike a compromise by Friday in order to avoid a government shutdown.
“Having said that, looking at everything in the rear view mirror, you got five days to come up with a deal. Now, as much as you might say to yourself I agree 100 percent with Tom Cotton, he only has 51 votes.
“What are you gonna do to get nine more senators to vote to pass a two-year budget? So you have to negotiate, and you can’t do that calling each other racists and denying comments.”
Guest host Rachel Campos-Duffy disagreed with Kilmeade’s assessment that both sides are to blame for the momentary stall in negotiations, placing the responsibility squarely on the shoulder of Democrats.
“Who is calling each other racists?” the former “Real World” contestant asked. “There’s only one side calling racists, and they are the people who say they want to make a deal to help the Hispanic community but actually don’t want to make a deal. Because if you wanted to make a deal, Brian, you would not have, as a negotiator, gone out and scuttled it.”
Kilmeade responded that “because of the way those comments have been portrayed, the president has lost a degree of leverage, whether you like it or not.”
Campos-Duffy continued her assault on Democrats, accusing them of not caring about Dreamers, but only using them for political purposes.
Kilmeade fired back with a reassertion that the Trump administration needs to negotiate. “Sit there and go ‘I need more border money, well I need a better job on chain migration.’ Don’t get out of the room until you have a deal.”
Co-host Steve Doocy then joined in the fray. “The Democrats do not want to give the President of the United States any win,” he said.
“They don’t want to give him any win,” Campos-Duffy agreed. “They want to talk about race that’s easy subject for them. That’s how they can just scuttle the whole thing and talk about race. And they’re using the Dreamers. They are using the Dreamers.”
Doocy called Democrats’ behavior “sad.”
“Were they acting on Tuesday?” Kilmeade asked in reference to Democrats’ participation in a televised bipartisan meeting on immigration last week.
“Was [Rep.] Steny Hoyer [D-MD] acting on Tuesday?” he continued. “If you think he was acting, and those other Democrats in the room were acting, then they didn’t want a deal.”
Trump has lashed out at Democrats for refusing to make a deal by accepting border wall funding and an end to chain migration in exchange for a DACA bill, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“[Democrats] don’t want security at the border, they don’t want to stop drugs, they want to take money away from our military which we cannot do,” the president said, referring to the possibility that a government shutdown could interfere with military pay.
Are Democrats using outrage over a word Trump allegedly said to try to force his hand on immigration? Liberals again prove there’s no limit to how low they will go.