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Trump Suggests Machine Guns Would Deter Immigrants Better Than a Wall
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=25345"><span class="small">Zack Ford, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:24

Ford writes: "In a wide-ranging 45-minute live interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday night, President Donald Trump defended the $25 to $35 billion dollars he hopes to spend on a wall for the southern border."

U.S. military members install concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the border in Laredo, Texas. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)
U.S. military members install concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the border in Laredo, Texas. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)


Trump Suggests Machine Guns Would Deter Immigrants Better Than a Wall

By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

28 March 19


"It's a very effective way of doing it."

n a wide-ranging 45-minute live interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night, President Donald Trump defended the $25 to $35 billion dollars he hopes to spend on a wall for the southern border. He bemoaned, however, that it would be far more effective if armed soldiers could just point machine guns at immigrants as they tried to enter the country.

“You go to a lot of the generals, they will tell you, this is a national emergency,” Trump claimed, arguing that the country needs to be defended from the people “pouring in” that officials keep “capturing.”

“But we don’t do like other countries! Other countries stand there with machine guns ready to fire,” he said. “We can’t do that and I wouldn’t want to do that, okay? It’s a very effective way of doing it and I wouldn’t want to do it. We can’t do it.” That’s why, he insisted, building more walls is essential.

Trump doubled down on his scaremongering on Thursday morning, threatening on Twitter to completely close the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump’s claim of a national emergency at the border is a farce. The majority of Congress has confirmed as much, passing a resolution blocking his declaration — though not enough Republican lawmakers agreed to override Trump’s veto of that resolution. The Pentagon has already transferred $1 billion from a military personnel fund to begin construction of new barriers at the border.

Trump’s claim that generals agree that the border is a national emergency also falls flat. Last month, a coalition of former national security officials denounced his power grab, stating that they “are aware of no emergency that remotely justifies” his actions. On Tuesday, when members of the Senate Armed Services committee questioned Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command, he could provide no justification for the national emergency except to reiterate that Trump had, in fact, declared it.

Over the course of the rest of the Fox News interview, Trump talked at length about the Mueller investigation (which he described as “treasonous”) as well as several other topics. For example, he claimed that wind power doesn’t work because “it only blows sometimes,” that Democrats “hate” and “despise” Israel, and that Republican lawmakers will somehow protect people with pre-existing conditions despite pushing to overturn the very protections for this coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

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+20 # DongiC 2019-03-28 17:46
For how long do we have to suffer the likes of Fox News and its coterie of lying, cynical and immoral commentators misleading the public with their assortment of fake news? They are detrimental to the functioning of our democracy. Can it survive their battery of deceptions, half truths and downright lies? Being a good citizen is hard work especially when Hannity et al give their version of what is really happening.
 
 
+3 # Thomas Martin 2019-03-28 22:15
We’re being played like fools by Trump. Those who don’t agree with that, who are supporting him, should tell us what they like about him … and then tell us what they don’t like about having a safe and secure world for All of us to live in … to me, that is what we should be working for!
 
 
+3 # tedrey 2019-03-28 22:26
It was almost amusing to hear Sean Hannity asking extensive "questions" including all the points he wanted Trump not to forget in his "answers."
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2019-03-29 02:06
Trump is truly barbaric. He plants the idea of machine guns on the border and then denies that he wants to do it although other countries (of course, unmentioned) are willing to stop immigration this way. Sir Donald cleverly introduces the idea of violence as an acceptable way to answer immigration. Then, he suggests that his wall is a better way to go about things. Notice how skillfully this expert on evil goes about his business weaving falsehood after falsehood into a basket of deception.

And no, our generals have NOT declared an emergency on the border. Another Trump deception. I think telling the truth is against Trump's basic nature. He seems to have some fundamental need to prevaricate.

Finally, who are these dangerous immigrants posing such a threat to our very way of life? The majority are women and children fleeing imminent danger in their own worlds and desperately seeking safety in ours. Trump and all his base should feel deepest shame for their treatment of such wretched souls. Too bad we can't replace the former (Trump & co.) with the latter (immigrants). We would be infinitely ahead!
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2019-03-29 09:56
Trump Suggests Machine Guns Would Deter Immigrants Better Than a Wall
By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress
28 March 19

"It's a very effective way of doing it."

- votes would deter dickhead better than machine guns! -

we had the absolute ability to deter dickhead in 2016, but a few too many, especially here, were far more worried about deterring hillary!

well! you hillary-haters get another chance to deter dickhead in 2020 - you are the puritan gift to dickhead that keeps giving!

perhaps this time around you won't whiff?

this time! lets deter dickhead? without the poison-pill pledge, if bernie doesn't win the nomination? to vote for dickhead? to write-in bernie? to vote 3rd-party? or otherwise to re-elect dickhead?
 
 
+4 # Larry 2019-03-29 14:04
Donald Trump is the primal scream of neo-fascism in America, echoed and amplified by the bullhorn of Fox News. It is the rapidly accelerating metastasis of this ugly movement, not Trump-Fox, that most seriously threatens the existence of democracy, not to mention minorities, immigrants, liberals, progressives, etc. The apparent failure of Democrats and progressive independents to acknowledge this is revealed by their fixation on the Trump-Fox cabal, rather than the culture of bigotry, hated and greed that spawned it. Until we confront and excise this fatal pathology, Trump-Fox and other symptoms, such as hate crimes, will only worsen, and the disintegration of our democracy may soon be irreversible.
 
 
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-03-30 09:28
‘Other countries stand there with machine guns ready to fire…’
Name them. Mine (Canada) doesn’t, for one; but Trump’s policy is close enough to Stalin’s Iron Curtain.