The second highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives made four damaging admissions on Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
During an interview with Fox News, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, said Democrats have supported border barriers in the past, said border barriers are not “racist,” admitted border barriers work, and rejected Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s claim that border barriers are “immoral.”
Host Bret Baier asked if he agreed with Pelosi calling the wall “immoral.”
“I don’t agree with that,” Hoyer responded. “Look, I don’t think this is an issue of morality; it’s an issue of does it work? 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.”
“We’ve supported substantial restraints,” Hoyer continued. “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. A wall is — that protects people is not immoral.”
Then, Baier asked Hoyer about recent remarks made by Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat eyeing a 2020 presidential run.
“You have all kinds — you have all kinds of Democrats speaking out about the wall,” Baier said. “Beto O’Rourke, a congressman who may be running for president, who knows, said that wall in itself is a racist reaction to a racist myth that does not reflect the reality of this country at all. Do you think a wall, a barrier is racist?”
“I don’t talk in those terms,” Hoyer responded. “I don’t think that’s the way we ought to look at it.”
Baier then asked if Hoyer would support removing existing barriers in areas along the southern border, which have been successful in curbing illegal immigration.
“No,” Hoyer replied. “No.”
“So they work there,” Baier responded.
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) 17 января 2019 г.
The interview was incredibly revealing for two reasons.
For starters, the No. 2 Democrat in the House rebuked Pelosi’s claim that border barriers are “racist” and “immoral.”
Secondly, he also admitted that they work in some places and that he would not support tearing them down in those areas.
Recent polling also shows a majority of Americans agree with the president on the issue of border security.
According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, approval for Trump’s proposed wall has soared in popularity with American voters across the board, especially with swing-state voters.
The poll also shows that there’s an increase in support for the wall among nearly all demographic groups across the country.
Reporter Ryan James Girdusky tweeted out some of the major revelations from the poll:
Some good news for Trump on the border wall in new ABC/WaPo Poll:
Support for a border wall increased from 34% to 42%
Among college-educated, up 13pts
Among Independents, up 11pts
Among midwesterners, up 14pts
Among 18-39 yr. olds, up 5pts
Among nonwhites, up 6pts
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) 13 января 2019 г.
Support for the wall overall has undeniably increased.
There’s also a major uptick in support for the wall among nearly all demographic groups across the country.
And, the poll shows that fewer Americans oppose the wall.
Trump has been determined to get at least $5 billion in funding for the wall amid the government shutdown.