Tomi Lahren is over the moon about the national address on border security President Donald Trump gave last night. The president lifted a line of his speech from a Fox News interview Lahren gave last year, and she wants everyone to know it.
"Something @realDonaldTrump said in his #OvalOfficeAddress tonight sounded familiar," she wrote, referencing when she told the network that people lock their doors 'not because you hate the people outside. It's because you love the people inside.'"
Something @realDonaldTrump said in his #OvalOfficeAddress tonight sounded familiar 😉 https://t.co/LfQzmlvs5i— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren)1547004907.0
Indeed, the president, justifying his proposed border wall on our nation's southern border, said the same thing last night.
"Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their homes?" he said. "They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside."
ICYMI - WATCH: President Trump #BorderSecurity Address (FULL SPEECH) https://t.co/8UgYNHgz7t— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1547041407.0
To hear Lahren tell it, this was an honor. But the response was not quite what she had hoped.
@TomiLahren @jaketapper @realDonaldTrump When I lock the doors of my house in real life, I’m trying to keep out Ame… https://t.co/Pwi0Zi03gr— James N. Jumper (@James N. Jumper)1547007187.0
@TomiLahren @realDonaldTrump In fairness to the President, takes a lot of his cues from blonde conservatives he sees on Fox News— David Radcliff (@David Radcliff)1547007104.0
And then there's this point: Crossing a border is classified as a misdemeanor. However, there is no way to seek asylum––a perfectly legal right––without breaking the law and crossing the border in the first place.
@TomiLahren @jaketapper @realDonaldTrump My house is not a port of entry. Legally people can present themselves and ask for asylum.— Adriana RM (@Adriana RM)1547007886.0
Many have criticized the president's address as one based on lies and racism.
Those claims were debunked ahead of his address by former GOP Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who said that while both human trafficking and drug trafficking exist, they do not amount to a crisis.
“I visited the Southwest border in 2010 when I was working for United States Senator George Lemieux of Florida,” he said. “There was a crisis back then. Things at the border have gotten a lot better over the last 12 years. We’re seeing the number of people attempting to cross illegally drop dramatically, so no, I would not characterize this as a crisis.”
Former GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo: No, there's not a crisis at the border https://t.co/ouG53hWWSe— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire)1546965258.0
Debunked or not, the address lived up to expectations.
Bald-faced lies. Racial demagoguery. The complete manufacturing of crises. What a complete and utter debasement o… https://t.co/PVMgQKqEaM— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar)1547004254.0
Trump, just say you’re a racist and xenophobe trying to change the racial makeup of immigrants in the United States… https://t.co/ShUQSnwoLD— Denea Joseph (@Denea Joseph)1547003815.0
To Trump, the wall was never more than an applause line. And now it's failing. Tonight he droned and squinted, like… https://t.co/z7VFhnuWom— Rex Huppke (@Rex Huppke)1547011554.0
Trump further used the address as an opportunity to fundraise. In an email sent Tuesday afternoon he asked supporters to donate to his "Official Secure the Border Fund" through the Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
"We need to raise $500,000 in ONE DAY. I want to know who stood with me when it mattered most so I’ve asked my team to send me a list of EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT who donates to the Official Secure the Border Fund," read the email. "Please make a special contribution of $5 by 9 PM EST to our Official Secure the Border Fund to have your name sent to me after my speech."