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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer admits walls work, says they're not immoral or racist


He can't defend Pelosi's extreme rhetoric

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Some of the primary Democratic objections to the border wall are that a wall is ineffective, immoral, and racist. On Wednesday, a top Democrat went on Fox News and disagreed with all three of those talking points, according to Hot Air.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spoke with Fox News host Bret Baier about the border wall, and the congressman's stumbling responses might make you wonder if anyone even knows why they oppose the wall at this point.

Hoyer starts off on message, saying, "We don't think the wall works and as you know an awful lot of Republicans don't think the wall works as well."

So, Baier asked Hoyer if he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that a border wall is an "immorality." That's when Hoyer started to waver.

"Look, I don't think this is an issue of morality, it's an issue of 'does it work?'" Hoyer said.

Baier persisted, pivoting to a quote from former Rep. Beto O'Rourke in which he called the border wall a "racist reaction to a racist myth."

"I don't talk in those terms and I don't think that's the way we ought to look at it," Hoyer said somewhat evasively.

Circling back around to the question of effectiveness, Baier took the Democrats' position to it's logical conclusion. If walls don't work, why do we have walls anywhere? Should we take down other walls?

"No, no," Hoyer responded.

"Obviously they work some places," Hoyer said.

Apparently just not at the border between the United States and Mexico.

That wasn't even Hoyer's only television mishap of the day. Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to reschedule the State of the Union due to the shutdown. On CNN that afternoon, Hoyer took Pelosi's words and ran a bit too far with them, saying "The State of the Union is off."

Hoyer's office later admitted that the congressman "had not read Speaker Pelosi's letter and mischaracterized it."

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