After President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to bolster support for a barrier at the southern border, Republican lawmakers are scrambling to defend the decision that many find indefensible. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) is among them.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota challenged the move during a segment with Duffy (R-WI) on Monday morning. Duffy claims the country needs the wall to because people in Wisconsin are dying from heroin overdoses, and Camerota wasn’t buying it.
“You think that the 10 percent of heroin that’s coming through the southern border—not through legal ports of entry—you think that’s going to cure your drug problem in Wisconsin?” she asked.
Many commended Camerota’s unflinching line of questioning and how it exposed the holes in Duffy’s argument.
Northern Wisconsin's Meth problem is cooked in our own backyards, our Opioid problem was created by the pharmaceutical companies that give Duffy political donations. Immigrants aren't the issue for Wisconsin, bad politics are. https://t.co/5M6or0MfiO
— Jolee Walker (@birdsfrombeyond) February 25, 2019
Duffy is from my state but, thank god, is not my congressman. What a rambling mess.
GOP lawmaker flails wildly after CNN's Camerota corners him on Trump's fake national emergency https://t.co/RPezPB0bwG
— NancyRMiller (@nancyrm171) February 25, 2019
Whenever they're interviewed, GOP politicos will never give a straight yes or no answer. Sean Duffy, Rep. WI made it apparent when, regarding the border wall, the more he stammered citing false statistics, the more Alisyn Camerota of CNN made a fool of him. Ahhhhhhh, Trump.
— Virginia Mary🐾 💚❤️💙 🙏 (@gingermae333) February 25, 2019
Duffy claimed that illegal immigration has devastated his community, saying that rural Wisconsin is running out of money for out-of-home placements for children without parents, which he blames on drugs.
“But they come through legal points of entry,” Camerota pointed out. “How is a national emergency to build a couple hundred miles of fence going to solve your drug problem in Wisconsin? Ninety percent, according to Customs and Border protections, come through legal ports of entry.”