On Monday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw went up against several of the divas on “The View” on such topics as anti-semitism, Ilhan Omar, and President Trump.
On the border crisis, Crenshaw said, “Every country has the right to own its own sovereignty. Every country has the right to manage who comes in and out of those borders. And right now, it feels as though the United States does not have that right … We have no effective control over our border right now.”
He was asked about the President’s proposal to charge a fee for seeking asylum. “Those illegal immigrants are already paying a fee, he said. “They pay a fee to the Mexican drug cartels – they have to. Mexican drug cartels have complete operational control of our southern border.”
Crenshaw also said that most immigrants “don’t have a valid asylum claim” once border control receives their documentation. “What they’ve learned over the years is they only to raise their hand and say they’re claiming asylum, and they need a child with them. So our laws that are based on good intentions are actually incentivizing child trafficking. No matter what, they’re taking advantage of the asylum process,” Crenshaw said.
Co-host Meghan McCain asked former Navy SEAL and Lt. Commander Crenshaw, who has been a vocal critic of Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, why he thought Democrats have been reluctant to call Ilhan out on her anti-semitic comments on Israel.
“I think unfortunately we’re playing a team sport these days,” Crenshaw said. “We just had a long discussion about how Republicans feel about Trump, and I think you’re seeing the same issues play out on the Democrat side with somebody on their own team, and they’re not sure how to handle it, even though they might behind closed doors disagree with what she’s saying.”
Joy Behar, co-host and lefty antagonist jumped in to say, “I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the fact that she’s a new congresswoman. And on the right, what we have is the President of the United States in Charlottesville, saying there are good people on both sides and people are yelling ‘Jews will not replace us.’ There are not good people on both sides.”
“In that same sentence, he also said I’m definitely not referring to white nationalists,” Crenshaw said.
“Why do you apologize for him?” Behar whined.
“I’m not apologizing. You have to read what he actually said.”
“It wasn’t in the same sentence, it was actually in a statement two days later,” said co-host Sunny Hostin.
“No, it wasn’t,” insisted Crenshaw.
“But I will say, I don’t think it matters,” McCain said. “I think bigotry and any …”
“I agree with you,” said Behar.
“You and I are on the same page today,” said McCain.
After a bit more back and forth, the discussion swung back to Omar. “Unless she’s referring to another event besides 9/11, I don’t see how it was taken out of context,” said Crenshaw. I think what people are trying to say is she was explaining a broader point, yeah, that’s true. I have no problem “with her broader point.”
“Yes, that Muslims were, all Muslims were … civil rights were being taken away,” said Hostin.
“But in that point, to refer to 9/11 as ‘some people did something,’ unless you’re referring to a different event, and I don’t think she was, then it clearly was not taken out of context. I don’t think she’s apologized either.”
“Didn’t Bush also say these people that took these buildings down,” said Hostin, “and no one sort of objected to it being framed in that way, but it seems that when Ilhan Omar says anything …”
“It was dismissive in tone, in gesture, and in words. It was dismissive.”
Worth commenting here that Rep. Crenshaw is a rising star in the Republican party, poised, articulate and charismatic. Presidential material, some might say.
“I want to point something out,” said co-host Whoopi Goldberg, “because this is a conversation I’ve been a part of with you all. One of the things we’ve never had before is a Muslim congresswoman. So her feelings about Israel may not be the same as ours. So we have to listen so we understand why people feel the way they feel. This is a new — this is the United States as we said … This is the United States as we say we want it. I can’t finish … (hard wrap)
“… yes, everybody has the right to say how they feel about Israeli foreign policy …” Crenshaw managed before the show went to break.
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