The Republican Party is crumbling as the crisis unfolds on the border. Fox News Sunday hosted Rick Perry today and promptly tore the Texas governor apart.
After asking Perry why he wants troops added to the border, Fox News Sunday host Brit Hume went after the Texas Governor’s position.
HUME: But if you strung them out along the border, national guardsmen and women, they are not, under the law, allowed to apprehend any of these children that are crossing, are they?
PERRY: Well, the issue is with being able to send that message, because it’s the visual that I think is the most important. And we know that. We listen to the conversations — or I should say their conversations are being monitored with calls back to the Central America, and the message is, hey, come on up here, everything is great, they’re taking care of us.
And that needs to stop, because if you don’t stop the bleeding, if you don’t staunch the flow of individuals that are coming up here, this is only going to get worse. And at that particular point in time, the size of this crisis is even going to be more monumental.
HUME: I think nearly everybody agrees with that, Governor, but the question I’m trying to get at with you is this — if these children who undergone these harrowing journeys, to escape the most desperate conditions in their home countries, have gotten this far, are they really going to be deterred by the presence of troops along the border who won’t shoot them and can’t arrest them?
PERRY: And I think we’re talking about two different things here. And what we’re talking about is sending the message back now so we can staunch the bleeding. Those that are already here to address them, to humanitarily take care of them, to make sure that they are safe, process them as quickly as you can to reunite them with their families. That’s the most humanitarian thing that we can do.
HUME: I get that’s the message, Governor. What I don’t quite understand is, how it is with the law being the way it is, the presence of more troops or forces on the border who are not legally able to apprehend these immigrants, these border crossers, is going to change anything without the law being changed first.
PERRY: Here’s the way it will. The presence — and we’ve done this multiple times. We’ve surged large amounts of Texas law enforcement with local law enforcement and coordinating with the border patrol into sectors. We don’t have the ability on a 1,200-mile border to do that. About 20 percent of the individuals coming across are these unaccompanied alien children. You got 80 percent of people out there that these laws don’t fall into, but we’re being pulled away having to deal with these children.
And my point is, you bring boots on the ground to send that message clearly, both visually and otherwise.
There are many reasons why Fox News would turn on Rick Perry. Fox and the Republican Party clearly don’t want Perry anywhere near the 2016 nomination. His anti-immigrant rhetoric is gaining steam because the backbone of the Republican Party is now composed of old Southern white men who hate the idea of letting more non-white people into the country.
Fox News is the gatekeeper for the Republican nomination. The way they treat potential 2016 candidates reveals a great deal about who they believe is viable. Fox became the Mitt Romney network in 2012, and they have been so protective of Chris Christie that they won’t discuss the various scandals that are ruining the New Jersey Republican’s presidential dreams.
Except for getting cutoff in mid-insane rant by ABC News last week, this was a tough interview for him. Gov. Perry had to reveal that what he is proposing is nothing more than an empty gesture. It looks like Fox News is trying to chop down Rick Perry before he gets any momentum ahead of 2016.
Fox News is trying to clear the field for Mitt Romney, or they are in the process of eating their own. Either way, the Republican circus, has come back to town and they are getting warmed up for 2016.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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