During a morning segment, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Americans who believe President Trump’s claim that there is an immigration crisis going on at the border are “stupid.”
The comment came amid a rant where Scarborough argued mainstream media networks should refuse to air President Trump’s primetime address to the nation.
“Why in the world would the networks run Donald Trump’s address tonight when we know that Donald Trump is going to be using it to spread these lies?” Scarborough asked via the Washington Examiner.
“He is going to be telling nothing but lies and falsehoods, and he’s going to be twisting reality,” the host continued. “And at this point I’ve got to say, how stupid are Americans who still believe there’s a crisis on the southern border?”
Scarborough and other guests on his show argued that the Trump administration has incorrectly said hundreds of terrorist suspects are being caught at the southern border, when border officials only catch a handful each year. Scarborough said Trump has been “lying” about the threat, which his administration’s own data shows is not as serious as Trump says.
“All to justify the president going on tonight making up an emergency so he can build his wall along the southern border,” Scarborough said. “It’s outrageous.”
He also accused Trump of lying about the caravan during the election, and of trying to scare people into thinking they’d be accosted by illegal immigrants at their local Cracker Barrel.
“They played you for suckers, they played you for fools, and I know that makes you angry,” Scarborough said to Trump’s supporters.
Scarborough’s comments fly in the face of President Trump, his administration officials, and nearly half of Americans who agree that there is an immigration crisis occurring at the border.
During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the border situation as a “national crisis” and a “humanitarian crisis.”
“We have a completely broken immigration system. We have a national crisis— not just of safety and security— but a humanitarian crisis. We have drugs, we have human traffickers, we have terrorists that come across our border and there has to be a stop to that. We want to do—not just a wall, certainly that is one of the most important factors—we know that it works. We know that in the places that it has been, it’s 95 percent effective. We want to be effective across the board. That includes the wall and technologies across it.”
And check this out from former Acting Immigration Customs and Enforcement Director Tom Homan:
A recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe immigration is a top issue facing the country today.
“An increasing number of Americans mention immigration as one of their top five concerns,” AP-NORC reported. “In the wake of the year’s headlines about the border wall, the separation of children, and efforts to overhaul immigration, 49 percent mentioned an immigration issue, up from 27 percent last year.”
According to the AP-NORC poll results, Independents and Democrats were increasingly more worried about the immigration issue.
“Although immigration is overwhelmingly the top issue for Republicans, the number of Democrats and independents that mention immigration increased significantly as well,” AP-NORC continued. “The survey was completed before the federal government shutdown over funding for the border wall.”
The Washington Times adds:
Republicans continue to be more likely to cite immigration as a top issue than Democrats, an indication of the GOP’s greater intensity on the issue. But it’s an increasingly important issue to members of both parties.
The poll found that 65 percent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 percent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 percent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago.
President Trump announced that he would be addressing the nation on the “Humanitarian and National Security crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday night.