Kirsten Gillibrand explains ‘dramatic change’ on immigration. She used to believe in border control.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has shown early on the ability — and willingness — to contort herself into whatever it takes to win an election, a trait that she’s now falling back on as one of a bushel of Democratic presidential candidates.

At a CNN town hall Tuesday evening in Washington, D.C., Gillibrand took a question on immigration from a Kool-Aid drinking American University student — he called it “the defining issue of the 2016 election.” Arguably.

“You have previously been a hardliner on immigration,” he began. “You have supported declaring English as the official language of the United States, as well as cracking down on sanctuary cities. When you’re running against a xenophobic demagogue like Donald Trump, how can you stand firm with the shaky record that you have on immigration?”

Gillibrand responded by saying she was “ashamed” of her conservative views of the past — you know, having the audacity to support the rule of law.

 

Responding that she has “a very strong record on immigration,” Gillibrand noted she has a long record of “fighting for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” which means she supports amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Following the prescribed liberal narrative, she proceeds to conflate legal and illegal immigration as she cites the Statue of Liberty and speaks about “huddled masses” — hey, Gillibrand is new to this whole presidential thing.

In the face of 12-20 million illegal immigrants, The Democrat distorts the issue of wanting secure borders to a simple matter of being “afraid of immigrants,” before shamelessly attacking President Trump for separating families at the border — Gillibrand sat silent all throughout the Obama administration as the practice took place.

CNN moderator Erin Burnett pointed out the “dramatic change” in her position over the years to ask, “What made you change?”

“When I was a member of Congress from upstate New York, I was really focused on the priorities of my district,” Gillibrand replied. “When I became senator of the entire state, I recognized that some of my views really did need to change. They were not thoughtful enough and didn’t care enough about people outside of the original upstate New York district that I represented. So I learned.”

She added that “it’s really important that you’re able to admit when you’re wrong and that you’re able to grow and learn and listen and be better, and be stronger.”

Gillibrand then pivoted back to serving up red meat for the liberal audience, bashing Trump by calling the president of the Unites States “cowardly” for remaining true to his campaign promise to fix a broken immigration system that directly benefits the Democratic Party.

“That is something that Donald Trump is unwilling to do. He is unwilling to listen, he is unwilling to admit when he’s wrong. He’s actually incapable of it,” she said. “And I think it’s one of the reasons why he is such a cowardly president.”

Gillibrand wrapped up her passionate attack on Trump by claiming she will bring the country together and that we should treat others the way we want to be treated, which presumably includes illegal immigrants.

“And because I did not do that as a House member, I was ashamed,” she concluded.

As for bringing people together, the 5 million or so members of the NRA can be sure the lawmaker wasn’t talking about them, as she ripped the pro-Second Amendment organization in a series of false accusations that Burnett allowed to stand.

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