The liberal media’s prescribed narrative when it comes to the invading migrant caravan(s) is that these are poor families escaping turmoil in their home countries and represent no threat to people in the United States — the talking point comes complete with photos of various women and children.
Fox News’ Shepard Smith has even picked up on this narrative, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., countered Smith’s insistence that “there’s nothing at all to worry about” to say the news anchor “doesn’t get the same intelligence briefings that I do.”
Appearing on CNN, Gaetz was asked about Smith’s comment by host Ana Cabrera — Smith often serves as a reliable marker on the right for liberals — who pointed out that “even Fox News has pushed back” on President Trump’s alleged fear-mongering over the caravan(s) that’s matching on our southern border.
“There is no invasion,” Smith said recently. “No one’s coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about. When they did this to us, got us all riled up in April, the result was 14 arrests. We’re America. We can handle it.”
Cabrera asked Gaetz why Trump is going “negative” at campaign rallies by focusing on “this immigration divisive message rhetoric” instead of talking about the positive economic news of late.
The lawmaker replied that the president is excited about the economy.
“But that doesn’t mean we take out eye off of the ball when it comes to border security,” he added. “These caravans, this porous border, it does represent a threat to the people in the United States.”
Gaetz went on to say that Democrats have “embraced abolishing ICE, open borders and I think that should scare people.”
“It’s okay to tell people that there are bad folks that want to get across our border illegally and that we need to do the things to stop them,” he noted.
And that’s when the CNN anchor played the “Shep card,” asking if the Fox News host was wrong in his assessment.
“I think he is,” Geatz said. “Shep Smith doesn’t get the same intelligence briefings that I do that indicate there are special interest aliens who at times take advantage of the porous border.”
The Republican lawmaker sits on the Armed Forces committee in the House.
Predictably, Cabrera would soon point to the poor families in the caravan fleeing persecution and violence.
“I don’t have to win the argument that everybody in the caravan is dangerous,” Gaetz said. “I just have to win the argument that somebody in the caravan is dangerous or could be dangerous because if they are coming here to do harm to Americans, I don’t care if it’s one of them, ten of them, or 1000 of them, I don’t want them coming here disrespecting our borders.”
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