WATCH: Dem Luis Gutierrez Goes Off on ‘Remorseless’ Trump DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) spat hot fire on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling her a “remorseless” liar, and decrying the “shame” of the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Gutierrez used his entire alotted time to absolutely torch Nielsen, as well as her predecessor John Kelly, and the entire Trump administration.
“Secretary Nielsen, the majority on this committee must think you are doing a fantastic job, because they’ve ordered this hearing so that you can come before us and look tough and remorseless, just in time for the holidays,” Gutierrez began. “The remorseless secretary during the holidays.”
He added that “I want to start by praising this Administration, and the role that it’s had, because there’s one thing that this administration is done better than any other administration in American history, and that is lie.”
.Gutierrez then rattled off a list of those lies, such as “when the press secretary came out and said this is the largest inauguration crowd ever in the history of America. Of course everybody laughed because they were more people at other inaugurations, and the president own remarks on a world stage at the UN General Assembly, he said he had accomplished more as president than anyone before him, and the world laughed.”
“But specifically, the area of Homeland Security, lying has become elevated to a new and astounding level of mendacity,” he continued. “President Trump descended the golden escalators at Trump Tower to announce candidacy by saying Mexico was sending us the worst. Rapists, murderers. Then he said he was required to break up migrant families because of bad law that the Democrats gave us.”
He also blasted former Secretary and outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, recounting a meeting between Kelly and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at which, Gutierrez says, Kelly told them “the reason we can’t have too many poor uneducated Latinos in America is because they will never assimilate into American culture like previous waves of immigrants.”
“But I have to say the all-time record for lying in the face of all the evidence was the tweet that you, Madam Secretary, sent out on June 17th, and it says ‘we do not have a policy of separating families at the border, period.”
Despite the fact that Donald Trump has repeatedly, and as recently as this week, admitted that the purpose of the “zero tolerance” policy was to deter border crossings by separating children from their families, Nielsen had repeated the lie earlier in the hearing.
“It seems like you agree with Tucker Carlson, that immigrants only bring danger and dirt and division,” Gutierrez added, referencing the comments that have advertisers fleeing the Fox News host’s show, Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Gutierrez concluded with a blistering critique of the administration’s relative Christian-ness.
“It is repugnant to me, and astonishing to me, that during… Christmas, a time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph, thank God there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt,” Gutierrez said. “Thank God that wall wasn’t there, thank God there wasn’t any administration like this, or he would have to have perished on the 28th, on the Day of the Innocents, when Herod ordered the murder of every child under two years of age. Maybe I haven’t gone a lot to Bible school, but I know that part. Thank God. Shame on everybody that separates children and allows them to stay at the other side of the border fearing death, fearing hunger, fearing sickness. Shame on us for wearing a badge of Christianity during Christmas, and allow the secretary to come here and lie.”
Watch the clip above, via C-Span.
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