When asked Wednesday about the illegal alien army marching toward America, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen laughed, saying, “A few thousand very poor people coming to our border is not a threat to our, is not a threat to our security.”
The video of Bredesen’s remarks available to watch here.
Bredesen’s opponent, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) is not amused.
She said in a statement, “These comments demonstrate how out of touch Phil Bredesen is with the Tennesseans he seeks to represent. There is a right way to come to this country, and there is a wrong way to come to this country. This mob, which the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed includes gang members, individuals with criminal histories, and people from the Middle East, is seeking to enter our country the wrong way. Phil Bredesen would like to roll out the welcome mat for them, hand them a state-issued, taxpayer funded driving certificates, and get them to work for his campaign. This is a clear difference between the two of us. I will continue to fight against illegal immigration, by ensuring existing immigration laws are followed, building the wall, stopping sanctuary cities, penalizing elected officials who refuse to follow federal law, and deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes.”
The Washington Examiner confirmed the migrant army is composed of criminals from various nations:
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended claims by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that violent criminals are a component of the Honduran caravan making its way through Mexico toward the U.S., after reporters at the White House questioned how they know that.
‘@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,’ DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday evening.
‘Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.,’ he said.
Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.
— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) October 23, 2018
Garren Shipley, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said, “Phil Bredesen might not be concerned about an influx of gang members and other dangerous people into the country, but President Trump and Marsha Blackburn are. Tennesseans want secure borders. Based on Phil Bredesen’s comments today, it’s clear that he doesn’t.”
Steve Gill, Tennessee Star Political Editor, also was not amused by Bredesen’s reaction.
“Phil Bredesen is not concerned about the much more than a few thousand primarily military age males marching towards our border with every intention of illegally entering our country, by force as they demonstrated on the southern border of Mexico. But most Tennesseans are smart enough to know better. The horrific tragedy of 9-11 was caused by a mere 19 people committed to killing thousands of us; can Phil say with any degree of certainty that there are not 19 amongst the 14,000 in the marching mob that wouldn’t wish us harm either individually or on a massive scale? If we presented him with a bowl of M&Ms and told him only a handful are poisoned would he grab a fistful and eat them?”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.