When Rep. Jesús Garcia (D-Ill.) personally attacked former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan during a contentious House Oversight Committee hearing last week, Homan wanted to respond by "beating" him, the career immigration official revealed Monday.
What did Garcia do?
During the contentious hearing, Garcia broadsided Homan with a half-dozen politically charged, personally insulting questions that included questioning whether Homan is racist and if he cares about dying children.
"Mr. Homan, I'm a father. Do you have children? How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch? Do you not care? Is it because these children don't look like children that are around you? I don't get it. Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?" Garcia asked.
Homan responded by calling Garcia's questions "disgusting" while defending his 34-year career, which he said focused on saving and protecting lives, including immigrants.
What did Homan say Monday?
He told "Fox & Friends" that he nearly flew off the handle when Garcia verbally attacked him.
"If you notice, I hesitated a minute before I started yelling because I actually think about getting up and throwing that man a beating right there in the middle of the room because when you tell somebody that's spent their career saving lives that I don't care about dying children and I'm a racist, that's where I broke and that's where I had enough," Homan explained.
Homan, who retired last year, said Democratic lawmakers "did not want to hear the truth" and were only interested in "political theater."
"That's what this hearing was all about: pushing a false narrative," Homan said later. "This was nothing but political theater to push a false narrative against this president, this administration, the heroes at ICE, and the Border Patrol.
"I wasn't going to be silenced," he added. "So they want a fight? I gave them one."
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