The clean-up effort for Phil Bredesen’s disastrous interview with WCYB is hitting high gear.
When asked last week 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 Tennessee Star reported last week.
The video of Bredesen’s remarks is available to watch here.
After the Bredesen team dashed off an emergency op-ed to The Tennessean – which tried to walk back everything Bredesen said in the video – his team realized it wasn’t enough, and rolled out a new ad talking about how the man who called the wall “political theater” and said the migrant caravan was “not a threat” was tough on the border, the Tennessee Republican Party said in a press release.
Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman, said, “Phil Bredesen made a huge mistake – he actually told Tennesseans what he really thought about immigration. Team Bredesen can mop all they want, but that’s one mess they won’t be able to clean up.”
In the new ad, Bredesen talks about how he supported President Bush, while conveniently forgetting when he said about Bush, “I can’t even say ‘our president’ or ‘my president’ anymore.”
Blackburn’s campaign said, “Phil Bredesen is dangerously wrong on immigration and out of touch with Tennesseans. Marsha Blackburn is 100% supportive of securing our border. As our Senator, she will work with President Trump to build the wall and stop the caravan.”
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.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.