February 15, 2019
Full clip of that Beto wall answer via @Julio_Rosas11–I can't tell if this was an ad hoc riff or a response he has given before, but I'm curious to see public polling on this. pic.twitter.com/IoR4uu4DSC
— Mac McClung Fan Account (@LPDonovan) February 15, 2019
Beto is looking more and more like he’s running for President.
He doesn’t have an especially “progressive” record, and I sort of expected him to avoid this really insane type of stuff.
Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico, in a full-throated embrace of open-borders rhetoric that has left conservatives wondering where other potential 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls stand on the issue.
O’Rourke’s comments came as the House and Senate passed a compromise spending billthat would partially fund President Trump’s proposed border wall, to the tune of $1.4 billion. Trump, who had been pressing for billions more, has vowed to declare a national state of emergency to fund the remainder of the project.
Amid the congressional debate, Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw wrote on Twitter earlier Thursday that he wanted O’Rourke to answer a simple question: “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?” He cited Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures suggesting that illegal border crossings dropped sharply in El Paso following the construction of a wall there.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes posed a version of that question to O’Rourke on-air: “Would you, if you could, would you take the wall down here — knock it down?”
“Yes, absolutely,” answered O’Rourke, who is widely thought to be a potential candidate in 2020 but has not formally announced his intention to run. “I’d take the wall down.”
Asked whether El Paso residents would support that move in a referendum, O’Rourke replied, “I do.”
He continued: “Here’s what we know. After the Secure Fence Act [of 2006], we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000-mile border. What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer. It’s cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain. And it’s pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death.”
Imagine deciding that open borders are not enough, and the borders actually need to be more open.
These people are just going to be crossing at normal border crossings, but they’re going to go down there and tear down fences to make it easier to cross if they don’t want to deal with the hassle of a border crossing.
Now that he’s said this, all the 2020 candidates have to do this.