In case you missed it, DHS Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen’s recent hearing on Capitol Hill produced some unexpected highly dramatic moments, the most memorable one being her encounter with Congressman Luis Gutierrez(D-Illinois). Instead of using his allotted time to ask Sec Nielsen questions and then hearing her response, which is what typically happens at such hearings, Rep Gutierrez instead used all his allotted time to viciously slam Sec Nielsen and the Trump administration over their constant lies. After unloading on Sec Nielsen for five minutes straight after which House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte(R-VA) motioned the DHS Secretary to respond, Rep Gutierrez walked out of the hearing in essence suggesting that he didn’t want to hear any more lies from Sec Nielsen. Ouch!!
In this must-watch video, Rep Gutierrez highlights several of the major lies that have been told by the Trump administration but then delivers this final punishing blow on Sec Nielsen herself;“It is as if you can’t see the reality of modern immigration or the contributions of anyone who came from countries other than Norway and other parts of Europe. Its as if you and the Trump administration are blind. You know what, seems like you agree with Tucker Carlson that immigrants only bring danger and dirt and division. But I have to say the all-time record for lying in the face of all the evidence was a tweet by you Madam Secretary, sent out on June 17th and it says, ‘We do not have a policy of separating families at the border period.’ That was your twitter account, that’s what you put out. Yet you come here today to tell us exactly its your policy of separating families and children from their families, another lie………Shame on us for wearing our badge of Christianity during Christmas and allowing the Secretary to come here and lie.”
The full congressional hearing is available here but the relevant clip is below
For the record, Yours Truly prefers/advocates for a more civil/collegiate tone during congressional hearings. However we can all agree that with the Trump administration things are no longer normal, especially as regards to the incessant lying Rep Gutierrez correctly laments. Yours Truly makes an exception in this case by agreeing with congressman Gutierrez’s slamming of Sec Nielsen for lying and then walking out on her. Maybe, just maybe dramatic incidents like these will make Sec Nielsen and the Trump administration realize that Americans are tired of being told bold-faced lies on a daily basis and that they need government officials to level with them.
Bottom line no U.S administration has ever been so comfortable telling provable lies to the public on a daily basis as the Trump administration does, especially through Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Desperate times call for desperate measures and maybe public displays of outrage like the one brilliantly executed by congressman Gutierrez are exactly the desperate measures needed to counter Trump administration’s lies. Secretary Nielsen’s remarks in response to Rep Gutierrez indicate clearly that she was stung by the lying charge and got the message, which is why Yours Truly considers this the best political take down of 2018. Hopefully from now on we can get truthful answers from DHS regarding other issues of great public interest including but not limited to illegal surveillance.
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