A top congressional Democrat refuted almost every single one of his party’s arguments against President Donald Trump’s desired border wall.
“Look, I don’t think this is an issue of morality; it’s an issue of does it work?” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Fox News Channel’s Special Report after host Bret Baier played a video clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi describing the proposed wall as a so-called “immorality.”
“And Senator Cornyn, Senator Graham, other members of the United States Senate have put in question whether a wall works, whether that is the best way to secure the border.”
“Now is — are some restraints? We’ve supported substantial restraints. We’ve supported fencing. We’ve supported other technologies. So my own view is that this is not an issue of morality. A wall is immoral if it tries to imprison people who shouldn’t be imprisoned.”
Hoyer was correct. Though members of the left often compare the president’s wall to the Berlin Wall, the two share little in common. Whereas the Berlin Wall was designed to trap people in East Berlin in a veritable prison, the president’s wall is designed to keep criminal aliens out of the country.
Continuing the discussion, Baier then asked Hoyer about allegations by other Democrats, including Rep. Beto O’Rourke, that just the very notion of a wall is somehow inherently racist.
“I — I don’t — I don’t talk in those terms. I don’t — I don’t think that’s the way we ought to look at it,” the House majority leader replied, before explaining why he personally opposes the wall.
“[T]here are an awful lot of people who just believe in and of itself [that the wall] will not work. And a wall is not the best place to spend money. That’s what I believe.”
But when pressed by the Fox News host about those walls and fences already in place, the Democrat congressman hesitantly admitted that they work just fine.
“So for the people who are living in those Border States, especially with some barrier that has been constructed, would you remove those existing barriers because you say they don’t work?” Baier asked.
“No. No,” Hoyer replied.
“So they work there?” the host said.
Listen to how the Democrat replied in the video below:
“Bret, let me tell you, you just said the people who live on the border area. You talk to the people along the Rio Grande. And particular a lot of towns that have comers back and forth on a regular basis and have no problem,” he initially said.
“That’s why Senator Cornyn is not a huge advocate of the wall. And you — you can ask him and read his quotes. I’m not saying his not supporting the president in building the wall …”
“So they work some places?” Baier then pressed one last time.
“Obviously they work some places,” Hoyer conceded.
And just like that the House majority leader managed to upend the Democrat Party’s core arguments against the president’s desired border wall, as noted by social media:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) admits:
-Democrats have supported border barriers in the past
-Border barriers are not “immoral”
-Border barriers are not racist
-Border barriers “obviously work [in] some places” pic.twitter.com/E7Liy8w07x
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 17, 2019
The best part was when @BretBaier asked if he would remove the walls already in place, he says NO. Brett says, oh so they work in some places?. Lol. Owned him!
— Corn from a Jar™ ? (@VOLUNTEERS_TN) January 16, 2019
@LeaderHoyer in case you were wondering you crushed that interview and proved Trump is right on this one. I bet your going to hear it from your handlers over this one!
— Chris Black (@ChrisBlack3) January 16, 2019
Steny Hoyer just said on Brett Bair that a wall doesn’t work, but he has supported fencing. Then, when asked whether we should take down existing walls he admitted they do work in some places… God help us.@LeaderHoyer#BuildTheWall
— Jack Kriskey (@JKriskey) January 16, 2019
— mathewsjw (@mathewsjw) January 17, 2019
So to be clear:@LeaderHoyer the standard 10ft barrier fencing works in some places but a 30ft replacement wouldn’t work?
— Cry Partisan (@CryPartisan) January 17, 2019
Hoyer is also at odds with Pelosi’s use of “immoral” to describe a border wall/fence. Says he wouldn’t classify it that way. “A wall that protects people isn’t immoral.”
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 16, 2019
Sounds like Hoyer isn’t on her side on this one.
— ParsingAmerica (@NoChromeHD) January 16, 2019
— Mike Fuller (@MikeFullerwrite) January 16, 2019
Instead of siding with Pelosi and her allies, all of whom have used the president’s insistence on constructing a border wall to continue disparaging him and his supporters as racists and bigots (never mind the facts), Hoyer has, it would appear, chosen to side with logic and reason.
Or at least to some degree. While he still remains adamant that “a wall is not the best place to spend money,” the data shows that both illegal immigration and drug smuggling have decreased notably wherever sturdy walls or fencing already exist along the southern U.S. border.
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