While appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino called out the Democratic Party for not condemning people’s disrespect for law enforcement.
“This ‘abolish ICE’ platform, these constant attacks on police officers — I mean, where are the morals and ethics of your party?” he asked.
His comments came as President Donald Trump’s administration fended off criticism of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as multiple Democratic politicians called for the government to abolish it.
“Where are the leaders in the Democrat Party standing up and saying, ‘Guys, ladies. This is too much. We can have sincere political disagreements on these issues, but these are American heroes working to keep our community safe for nothing,’” Bongino said.
.@dbongino: “There are so many empty seats at Thanksgiving from military people and from law enforcement officers who’ve lost their lives to keep your neighborhoods safe. The least we can do is respect these guys.” pic.twitter.com/3vWxL1m9Qx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 4, 2018
In June, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon provided perhaps the most vehement ICE criticism when she called the agency a “terrorist organization.”
Vice President Mike Pence defended the agency, directly addressing Nixon’s comments and calling them “despicable”:
In 2017 ICE made 4,818 gang arrests (796 were MS-13) and just last week busted a child sex trafficking ring — yet top Dems like Cynthia Nixon call our ICE agents “terrorists.” Despicable. https://t.co/x0phQWbbru
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) July 6, 2018
Trump, for his part, welcomed attacks on ICE, saying they would make it even easier for Republicans to win in the 2018 midterms.
“I hope they keep thinking about it because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” he said.