Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that a deal could not be made with President Donald Trump to reopen the government because his real secret goal was to clear the U.S. of all immigrants and people of color.
'This has never been about a wall'
Jayapal enthusiastically agreed to Hayes' claims about Trump's true goal for the border wall while referring to a statement made about "white supremacy" by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
"Donald Trump is at the border," said Hayes, "and shutting down the government over this entirely ridiculous enterprise because he almost certainly correctly thinks his political fortunes are dependent on the Steve Kings of the world and the people who love him.
"People animated by bigotry and fear," Hayes continued, "people who have come to view their identity as existentially under threat from desperate Honduran moms in flip-flops. Those people cannot be appeased, because what they want is not policy, what they want is an ethnically pure America, and thats why this impasse can't be solved in any normal deal-making terms."
Hayes then brought in Rep. Jayapal. who agreed with him whole-heartedly.
"Do you think a deal can be made," asked Hayes, "or do you think this is fundamentally existential and cannot be made?"
"It is fundamentally existential if he continues to insist on a wall, and you know, you just said it so beautifully, Chris," Jayapal responded, gushing over Hayes.
"This has never been about a wall," she claimed.
"He actually could have gotten funding a couple of years ago," she explained, "or a year ago, for a wall. It was part of a deal that was proposed, not all of us agreed with that deal, but it was proposed to him and he turned it down because his ultimate goal, as you said, to make America pure in the sense of not having immigrants, not having folks of color here, and shutting down every form of legal immigration."
She also claimed that Muslims and Latinos had been injured and harmed because of the rhetoric issued from the White House about immigrants.
Jayapal added to her claim on Twitter after the segment on MSNBC.
"Trump has never been interested in being a president for the whole country," she claimed.
"People of color and immigrants know this too well," she added. "His wall was never about policy: it has always about Trump's efforts to lead a more 'pure' America."