Rep. Jim Jordan unloaded a scathing rebuke of Democrats and their hypocrisy during a House hearing on border facilities and issues related to migrant family separations.
The Ohio Republican and Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee slammed Democrats for “making ridiculous and dangerous statements” in a fiery speech following an outburst by Chairman Elijah Cummings while questioning Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday.
Jordan accused Democrats of “choosing to play politics” with the border crisis issue, “fabricating stories of cruelty and besmirching the hard-working civil servants protecting the border.”
Today, the Committee is examining the #TrumpAdmin’s inhumane policy of separating children from their families at the border and the dangerous conditions in which they are being held.” -Chairman @RepCummings
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) July 18, 2019
His comments came after a grandstanding display by Cummings who ripped into McAleenan over reports of deplorable conditions at border detention facilities.
“You feel like you’re doing a great job, right? Cummings asked the Acting Homeland Security Secretary.
“We’re doing our level best in a very challenging situation,” McAleenan responded, setting off the Democrat chair who exclaimed, “What does that mean?”
“What does that mean when a child is sitting in his own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on, man!” Cummings yelled. “What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position!”
And while the left slams Trump regularly for his American pride, Cummings now took up the language by declaring that “we are the greatest country in the world.”
“We are the ones that can go anywhere in the world and save people…we’re better than that!” he told McAleenan.
Jordan called out the double standard of Democrats and their outright hypocrisy on the border issue, noting how they declared Trump’s alarm about a crisis was “manufactured,” only to come back after the situation worsens to blame the president and border officials.
Jordan laid the blame squarely on Dems with a set of opening questions for Secretary McAleenan.
“Mr. Secretary, would it have helped to get the resources when you asked for them?” Jordan asked, knowing full-well the answer.
“Of course,” McAleenan answered.
“They won’t fix the asylum law,” Jordan continued. “[They] won’t fix border security wall, say it’s ‘not a crisis,’ say it’s manufactured,’ say it’s ‘contrived’ when it actually is a crisis!” Jordan said.
He went on to note the many steps that should have been taken to address the situation, adding “what would also help, is if folks on the left would quit saying some of the crazy things they’re saying that I think incentivize more people to come and create this crisis.”
Jordan slammed House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler for accusing Customs and Border Patrol of committing “negligent homicide” and engaging in “torture.”
“This rhetoric is wrong, it’s despicable and does nothing to fix the problem,” slamming Democrats for “changing their tune” because the facts could no longer be ignored.
“What do Democrats do when they have to acknowledge a problem that doesn’t align with their politics? They look for someone to blame. Who else but the president of the United States and the hard-working men and women who work tirelessly every day trying to secure our border,” Jordan said.
He took aim at outrageous comments and criticisms by Democrats that only serve to demean the federal employees and “spark unnecessary outrage.”
“During the presidency of Barack Obama, we didn’t see outrage from the Democrats then,” he continued, asserting that “not one single so-called cage has been constructed by the Trump administration.”
“This is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” Jordan concluded, directing steps Democrats must take if they are “serious” about reform. “Frankly it’s getting worse by the day.”
Jordan also took to Twitter to slam Democrats there as well:
First Democrats ignore the border crisis.
Then they blame the President for the crisis, even though he’s working to fix it.
All while making ridiculous and dangerous statements that incentivize more illegal immigrants to come in the first place! pic.twitter.com/tTUuSkD6pm
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 18, 2019