Phil Bredesen recently doubled down on his defense of the caravan marching toward the southern border.
He told MSNBC it is “beyond belief” that anyone would see the migrant caravan as “some sort of threat.”
WATCH: TN Senate candidate @PhilBredesen says it is "beyond belief" that anyone would see the migrant caravan as "some sort of threat" to the US.
— Kasie DC (@KasieDC) November 2, 2018
After the Bredesen team dashed off an emergency op-ed to The Tennessean – which tried to walk back everything Bredesen said in one 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.
Earlier this week, Bredesen said the illegal criminal migrant army is “more of a Washington issue,” The Tennessee Star reported.
“Must be a day of the week that ends in ‘y,’” the Tennessee Republican Party said.
To mark the occasion, the Tennessee Republican Party launched a new ad regarding the Democratic Senate candidate, which is available to watch here.
But what’s really beyond belief is that Bredesen doesn’t think someone charged with felony attempted murder currently marching in that caravan is a threat to Americans, the Senate Leadership Fund said in a statement, citing a story in The Daily Caller. Bredesen is too extreme for Tennessee, the Senate Leadership Fund said.
In an interview that aired Sunday, Fox News’ Griff Jenkins talked to a man named Jose with the help of a translator, The Daily Caller said. Jose revealed his criminal past and said he is traveling with the caravan to enter the United States with the hope of receiving a pardon.
Jenkins asked specifically what crime he committed, and Jose replied in Spanish that he committed a third degree felony.
“Attempted murder,” Jose added in Spanish, The Daily Caller said.
The Department of Homeland Security 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.