With no football on Sunday, Chuck Todd engaged in his typical Monday morning quarterbacking, attempting to fill the void with criticism of the President and the elusive “gotcha moment” that is his most sought after prize. Too bad for Todd, he’ll get his customary participation trophy for his interview of Reince Priebus and nothing more.
Todd asks Mr. Priebus, “I want to start with timing on the executive order and the sense of urgency in trying to implement it immediately. Was there any thought given to creating a 72-hour grace period, a one week grace period, in order to allow border patrol agents to understand what the rules are, allow agencies in the federal government to understand what the rules are? It seems that a lot of the chaos yesterday could have been avoided had you at least included some sort of time grace period. Why was that not included?”
Priebus gets a sack on the first play, telling the accusatory host, “Well, I don’t think you want to have a grace period, Chuck, because then people that want to do bad things to Americans would just move up their travel date two days in order to get into the country before the grace period’s over. So I think it’s one of these things, and if you ask a lot of the people at Customs and Border Protection will tell you you’ve just got to rip off the Band-aid and you have to move forward.”
And so, it wasn’t chaos. The fact of the matter is 325,000 people from foreign countries came into the United States yesterday and 109 people were detained for further questioning, most of those people were moved out, we’ve got a couple dozen more that remain and I would suspect that, as long as they’re not awful people, that they will move through before another half a day today. And perhaps some of these people should be detained further and if they’re folks that shouldn’t be in this country, they’re going to be detained. And so, apologize for nothing here.”
Todd goes on to accuse the administration of not putting out the rules in advance to “some of these agencies, why not?” Priebus responds to that idiotic claim, saying, “No, Chuck, of course we were working with the agencies, we were working with the agencies for a long time.
They then get into it over the topic of green card holders, with Todd being argumentative in a manner not unlike his discussion with Kellyanne Conway in which he overly was belligerent and hostile. In response to his efforts to corner and twist the comments of his guest, Priebus cautions Todd at about the 4:20 mark, “If you would just slow down for a second and listen I could answer your question.” Playing Mr. Innocent, Todd says, “I understand that but you’ve twice confused me so I’m trying to understand the clarity.” No, Chuck, you’re trying to embarrass him and get him to give you a damaging sound bite. He’s telling you to shut up and listen, which you’d have understood had you not been running your mouth during his answer.
Priebus adds, “It’s because you don’t stop talking, Chuck, I love you but I mean, let me answer the question.”
Be careful Reince; with this guy a statement like that is dangerously close to vermin bestiality.
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