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GOP Congressman Admits He Opposes Immigration ‘Because It Changes The Voter Pool’

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Rep. Mo Brooks is a staunch anti-immigration activist, even opposing legal immigration.

Republican U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama took to the House floor to read aloud a letter he wrote last week to Rep. Paul Ryan explaining why he will vote for him for Speaker. Brooks says Paul Ryan agreed to never allow an immigration bill to be brought to the floor for a vote as long as Barack Obama is president. (Brooks yesterday announced he will not vote for Ryan.)

One might label Brooks’ actions being an informed voter, or one might label them a very public attempt to strong-arm a lawmaker in a policy-for-votes trade.

As stunning as that exchange was – Brooks says Rep. Ryan agreed to his demands – that may not be the least egregious aspect of Brooks’ recent actions.

In an interview with Talking Points Memo this week, Brooks explained why he is anti-immigration.

“Immigration is far and away the most important problem facing America because it changes the voter pool, thereby controlling the outcome of every single public policy challenge America faces,” Brooks said.

“Changing the voter pool” means changing the ratio of Democrats to Republicans, and thus, increasing or decreasing a party’s chances of remaining in power – and a congressman’s chances of keeping his job – “thereby controlling the outcome of every single public policy challenge.”

In other words, Republican blather about supporting “strong borders” really means supporting the firewall their gerrymandering has given them to control the House, and the political process. 

“Brooks’s comments,” Jon Green at Americablog observes, “confirm what has been thus far understood but unsaid in the debate over immigration reform: It has nothing to do with the relative security of our borders and everything to do with preventing millions of Latino immigrants from taking part in the political process.”

Just how anti-immigrant is Rep. Brooks?

In 2011 Brooks explained his “intensity” on “the illegal alien issue.”

“They have no right to be here. They are clogging up our emergency rooms, and making our education system more expensive. If you go to the Madison County Jail, there are far too many illegal aliens there because they have victimized Americans,” Brooks said.

“As your congressman on the house floor, I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens,” the Alabama Congressman concluded.

At least he drew a line at shooting.

Last year, Rep. Brooks accused Democrats of waging a “war on whites.” 

 

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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