In what is perhaps the media’s greatest act of hypocrisy this year, they’re finally acknowledging that there’s a crisis at the border. The only problem is, this comes only after spending the rest of the Trump presidency mocking the president for acknowledging the same.
Liberals wanted to deny that there was a crisis at the border in an attempt to deflect away from the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Now that our immigration enforcement is completely overloaded and unequipt to control the extent of crossings and process individuals (especially with the rise in those crossing with children), liberals have apparently decided that they’re A-OK with the “crisis at the border” narrative, but only to suit their preferred political spin.
Byron York has assembled a lengthy list of politicians and pundits who denied a crisis at the border. They’re quoted and listed below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the situation “a fake crisis at the border.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it “a crisis that does not exist.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “There is no crisis at the border.”
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said, “There is no crisis at the border.”
House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel called the situation “a fake crisis at the border.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said, “There is no crisis at the border.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said, “We don’t have a border crisis.”
Rep. Lloyd Doggett called the situation “a phony border crisis.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer called it “a fake crisis at the border.”
Rep. Sanford Bishop called it “a crisis that does not exist.”
Reps. Jesus Garcia, Jose Serrano, Suzanne Bonamici, Donald Beyer, Pramila Jayapal, and Adriano Espaillat called it a “nonexistent border crisis.”
Former congressman and current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, “There is no border crisis.”
All are in public office and all have a say in determining policy. In the media, “Never Trump” Republicans, former Republicans, and other commentators have joined in.
Former Rep. Joe Scarborough, now with MSNBC, called the situation “an imaginary border crisis.”
Former Bush White House official Nicolle Wallace, also with MSNBC, said “There’s not a crisis.”
Former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called the situation “a fake crisis.”
GOP strategist Rick Wilson said, “There is no crisis on the border.”
Former conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes said, “There is no crisis at the border.”
The Washington Post’s Max Boot called the situation a “faux crisis.”
The Post’s Jennifer Rubin said, “There is no crisis at the southern border.”
The Post’s editorial board called it a “make-believe crisis.”
And finally, lest anyone ignore the late-night Resistance, comedian Jimmy Kimmel called the situation “a fake border crisis.”
And just look at how their tunes have since changed.
In May, Pelosi described the border situation as a “crisis” that she blames on Trump (of course). Schumer echoed much of the same, only acknowledging a crisis at the border to direct his ire towards President Trump, stating “if you want to know the real reason there’s chaos at the border, look in the mirror.”
The Washington Post headlined an article asking “What took Congress so long to make a deal to address the border crisis?” Perhaps the entire Democratic Party ignoring the crisis until now?
MSNBC is now running stories on mounting “public outrage” as “the crisis at the border grows.”
The list goes on – but practically everyone (with a few exceptions) on the list quoted above has now adopted the “crisis at the border” rhetoric.
There’s limitless irony in those blaming this crisis on Trump’s inaction, because Trump is the only one who did want to “do something.” Democrats ignored the problem until it was undeniable – which they then used as an opportunity to attack Trump.
While visa reform will need to be a large part of any attempt at ending illegal immigration, there is one policy that could prevent the exact sort of crossings we’re seeing in the news, and that’s a border wall. The likes of Pelosi and Schumer have voted to approve hundreds of miles of fencing at the border before and had strongly spoken out against illegal immigration during the Obama presidency-all that’s changed is the President.