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Abbott shuts down ABC host with reality check when she tries to shift blame for border crisis
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Abbott shuts down ABC host with reality check when she tries to shift blame for border crisis

'Such an extraordinarily subtle, pernicious distortion of the truth'

On “The Rubin Report” this week, BlazeTV host Dave Rubin shared a video clip of ABC News’ Martha Raddatz attempting to convince Americans that Republican rhetoric from the likes of former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is to blame for the ever-worsening crisis at the southern border — not the Biden administration's policies.

"You talk about the border wall. You talk about open borders. I don't think I've ever heard President Biden say, 'We have an open border, come on over.' But the people I have heard said it are you, or former President Trump, or Ron DeSantis," Raddatz said to Abbott on ABC's "This Week."

"That message reverberates in Mexico and beyond. So they do get the message that it is an open border, and smugglers use all those kinds of statements," she added.

"It was known from the time that Joe Biden got elected — that Joe Biden supported open borders," Abbott replied. "It is known by the cartels that have sophisticated information, whether the Biden administration is going to enforce the immigration laws or not. It's known across the world, but most importantly known among the cartels."

Raddatz wasn't quite ready to give up. "And how do you play into that? What can you do better?" she asked.

"We have every level of government doing everything we can to prevent people from coming into the country illegally, or repelling them, or arresting them and putting them behind bars," Abbott stated.

"Do you see what [Raddatz] just did there?" Dave asked after playing the clip. "She's saying to Greg Abbott, who has all these Texas border towns, she's saying because you guys say that Biden has an open border, that's why people are coming. Not because of Biden's actions. So she's trying to blame the people who are calling out the problem, for the problem itself."

He added, "She completely flips the reality ... it's not Biden who says 'open borders.' It's you guys — who are not in charge of the border. It's you, Greg Abbott. It's you, Ron DeSantis. It's you, Donald Trump. And that's what the migrants hear ... and that's why they're coming. It's such an extraordinarily subtle, pernicious distortion of the truth. Gross, disgusting, but this is what they do to all Republicans."

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