To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats:
No Wall Money, No Deal.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 28, 2018
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) continues to back his promise that he won’t budge on his support for the demands President Donald Trump is making for border wall money, tweeting to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the House Democrats, “No Wall Money, No Deal.”
The South Carolina senator’s tweet on Friday comes amid Day 7 of the partial government shutdown due to the problems surrounding the wall’s funding.
Graham has previously said that the shutdown was a necessary measure in order to convince Democrats to offer more funding for the wall. Previously Democrats were negotiating with the administration over an offer less than the more than $5 billion Trump wants for the project.
The White House brought an offer between Trump’s $5.7 billion and $1.3 billion to the Democrats over the weekend, leaving Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Pelosi, the Democratic leaders of Congress, to issue a statement saying it’s Trump’s fault for “plunging the country into chaos” and “The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it.”
First off there is literally NO reason for the Democrats to give in on the border wall money.
They are sitting in the catbird seat and they know it.
The longer this thing goes on the worse it is for Trump, especially if when the Democrats take over the House they immediately start working to get the government back up and running without negotiating over the wall.
And secondly, exactly what does Vladimir Putin have on Lindsey Graham that makes him say such stupid and politically damaging things?
Graham also dredged up the Trump argument that a border wall keeps out Middle Eastern terrorists.
When it comes to radical Islam, a border wall is our last line of defense — not our first.
Our first line of defense is a forward deployed presence working with partners to disrupt enemy operations directed at our allies and homeland.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 27, 2018
I guess you could give Graham some credit for admitting that a wall is not the first line of defense, but the fact that he thinks it is a line of defense at all is problematic.
According to the Military Times, the State Department issued a report on terrorists crossing the border back in July, and this is what it said:
For some time now, President Donald Trump has been encouraging people to think of Mexico as a portal for international terrorists who “pour” into the U.S. Except, he says, for 10 who were recently caught by the U.S.: “These are very serious people.”
These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump and his vice president put through a rhetorical grinder in service of describing emigrants from Mexico as a menace.
There is, in fact, genuine concern about the potential for Islamic extremists to make their way across the border into the U.S. But that concern applies more to the Canadian border, where Trump is not planning to put up a wall.
In July 2017, a State Department report on terrorism comes out, breaking down perceived threats by country, and it does not fit into Trump’s story about danger from the south.
It says: “There are no known international terrorist organizations operating in Mexico, no evidence that any terrorist group has targeted U.S. citizens in Mexican territory, and no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States.”
At most, it notes that “Mexican government officials observed on social media an increase in terrorist group sympathizers in its territory over the previous year.”
That report dwells much more on the northern neighbor, home to “Canada-based violent extremists inspired by terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida and their affiliates and adherents.” Moreover, Canada has experienced episodes of terrorism at the hands of sympathizers of those organizations. And, the report says, Canada faces a “significant challenge in prosecuting individuals who have traveled abroad to engage in terrorism, due to the difficulty in proving association with terrorist organizations or having committed specific terrorist acts.”
So if any real danger of terrorists crossing our border exists, and it really doesn’t, it is really those sneaky Canadians we should be worried about.
If that were not convincing enough the Center for Immigration Studies also issued a report back in November of this year in which they say that there have only been fifteen suspected terrorists caught crossing the Mexican border since 2001.
Yes, let’s build a giant wall because once every year and a half or so a suspected terrorist might cross that southern border.
Makes perfect sense.
So like I said earlier, what exactly does Putin have on Graham?