Katy Tur of the progressive news channel MSNBC pressed back on Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) when he characterized President Trump’s policy towards migrant minors as “terrorizing.”
Here’s what happened
Murphy was commenting on the controversial policy of separating children from their parents when they attempt to enter the country illegally.
“The problem is if we give in on this,” Murphy explained, “he will take other vulnerable populations hostage all across this country as a means of getting the rest of his objectives done.”
“He should be a human being”
“So you’re saying no so no compromise whatsoever with the president when it comes to his border wall,” Tur asked, “no compromise for Dreamers, no compromise for this policy that’s currently ripping families apart?”
“Well remember, Katie,” he responded, “we were very willing to compromise for full protection of Dreamers, the Senate Democrats endorsed a proposal that would have given the president substantial funding towards the wall that he wants in exchange for protection for these kids.”
“But again these kind of tactics that he’s employing um, the terrorizing of these little kids,” he added, “that’s a tactic that won’t end if collectively as a Congress we give into it.”
“He should just be a good person,” Murphy said, “he should be a human being and he should stop terrorizing these kids.”
“You’re calling the president a terrorist”
“Senator, it sounds like what you’re saying is you don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Tur pressed, “and you’re calling the president a terrorist in this scenario.”
“You’re saying he’s terrorizing kids,” Tur explained, “I mean the policy is don’t negotiate with terrorists because when you give them what they want, they only hold more people hostage or et cetera. I mean that is what you just said, if you give the president what he wants he’ll hold more vulnerable population groups hostage.”
“Well, I did not call the president that name,” Murphy responded, “but what I did say is what he is doing to these kids is terrorizing these kids, it is inflicting terror on them, it is fundamentally traumatizing them in a way that they will not recover from, that is an accurate description of what he is doing.”
Here’s the video of the comments from the Senator:
How we got here:
Immigration continues to be a contentious and difficult issue as the president has offered to compromise several times with the Democrats, but they have tried to push Trump into conceding on DACA while offering very little on their part.
More recently, some moderate Republicans have attempted to force a vote on DACA amnesty for illegal aliens who were brought into the country as children in order to get it off the table for the midterms.