Dem Rep Gallego: ‘Orwellian’ Trump Administration Creating ‘Hysteria’ with Troops on the Border

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) claimed the Trump administration was creating “hysteria” by using the National Guard as a deterrent against illegal immigration, which Gallego said was intended to “bolster his low poll numbers.”

Gallego said, “The politics of this is that the president is essentially using the National Guard, creating this hysteria that there’s somehow a national emergency, and using our taxpayer dollars to try to bolster his low poll numbers, especially with his base. Fact is, the president lost. He was not able to get his border wall. The Congress, in a bipartisan manner, tried to give him actually a really good deal to have a border wall and would have done a lot more of what he will do with his National Guard and border security, but him and his advisors don’t know how to take a good deal. So he failed. Now they’re lashing out to do anything to get a lifesaver and survive.”

On Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen saying the repaired wall was part of Trump’s wall, Gallego said, “I think that they’re trying to move us into a very Orwellian world, claiming something old is new, and something new is old. This presidency is more worried about the PR toward people watching Fox News and reading Breitbart than they are actually accomplishing true border security.”

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