Congressman Steve King (R-IA) made an appearance on the Tucker Carlson program following President Trump’s speech in Phoenix, with the topic one he addressed in that speech, the construction of America’s southern border wall.
President Trump declared his willingness to stand firm in the face of a threatened government shutdown by Democrats if the funding is not provided. King agrees that is the right approach and supports the President in his effort.
Carlson notes that “almost nobody” in the DC Swamp supports a border wall although the country does. That’s probably due in large part to the fact that they are not patriots, they don’t have to live with the negative effects and many if not most are paid off by the big money beneficiaries of illegal immigration. He asks, “How are you going to get it done when so few here support it?”
King replies, “Well, I think that their lack of conviction that’s been demonstrated in the past will manifest itself in this little battle, Tucker, and I say that with a bit of sarcasm in my voice, but if you remember there was a government shutdown in 2013. It was over a principle of not funding the unconstitutional Obamacare legislation that was there and the ‘president’ [Obama] shut the country down. And he closed down our national monuments and made it as difficult as possible for the American people and eventually Congress caved in on a principle, a constitutional principle, I might add.”
“Well, this is a mandate that came from the American people. The mandate says ‘build the wall.’ The President said he’s going to build the wall. If he vetoes an appropriations bill because it lacks funding for the wall, $1.6 billion has been his ask, if he vetoes that Congress has to override the veto. The votes won’t be there to override a Presidential veto and eventually this will get done.”
King says, “Another thing is the Democrats are ready to shut the government down if they don’t get a half a billion dollars in funding for Planned Parenthood. So whose principles are stronger here, the Democrats wanting to fund the abortion that comes out of Planned Parenthood or the Republicans like me and the President who want to follow through on the mandate that came from the American people?”
“This will get done, the funding will come through,” says King. “I’m very confident of it and I say it out loud here because I believe it will come true. Carlson asks why the Republicans don’t force the left to explain why they’re against the wall. King is kind in his response, saying he believes many Republicans are just over-thinking it and because the opponents have been more vocal they’re buying into some of those arguments.” He’s not going to call them out as being bought off lobbyist call boys and girls – not yet, anyway.
He notes that the arguments that it’s too expensive aren’t serious, that there are $60 billion in transfer payments wired out of the US to locations south of the border, a lot of which is laundered drug money. He points out that “We build interstate highways across expensive Iowa cornfields for $4 million a mile, that pays for real estate and everything. We can build a wall cheaper than we can build an interstate and we need to do it and it will pay for itself, I believe, before we can even get it completed.”
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