House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) rejected his party’s narrative on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall during a Wednesday interview on Fox News.
Fox News’ Bret Baier pressed Hoyer over comments made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who recently said: “A wall is an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation. It’s a wall between reality and his constituents. His supporters.”
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.”
Next, Baier pressed Hoyer over recent remarks made by Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
“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 remove existing barriers in areas that already have a wall.
“No,” Hoyer replied. “No.”
“So they work there,” Baier responded.
Hoyer talked around the question, so Baier pressed again, asking: “So they work some places?”
“Obviously they work some places,” Hoyer admitted.
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) January 17, 2019