Sean Hannity has been down to the border ten times – and he has been briefed by Texas governor Rick Perry. Therefore, he knows better than U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who sits on the Intelligence Committee, that ISIS could be sneaking into the U.S. through Mexico at any moment.
Appearing on the Hannity show last night, Gutierrez tried to tell Hannity that the threat from jihadis is not from the border:
The fact is, Sean, at the current moment, there are 2,000 jihadists, with ISIL, that aren’t going to come across the border. You know how they’re going to come here? They’re going to come here with visas.
…I know what briefing you went to. …I’m a member of the Intelligence Committee. I get briefed by the intelligence community of the United States of America. …The threat right now isn’t a jihadist coming through the border. The greatest threat is simply getting on an airplane because they don’t need a visa. They simply come.
Hannity kept interrupting. He said argumentatively, “I agree with you.” But Hannity was not about to give up his fear mongering about (and political exploitation of) the border just because a U.S.Congressman briefed by the U.S. intelligence community says there are more important things to worry about. Saying that people from Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan have come through our "open border," Hannity demanded to know whether Gutierrez saw that as a “clear, real, present danger to the United States.”
When Gutierrez tried to answer without a simple yes or no, Hannity put on his bullyboy hat and commanded, “Answer that!”
“Obviously, any threat and any ability the terrorists have to gain access to the homeland is a threat to the homeland,” Gutierrez began. But again, he tried to explain that the bigger threat is not at the border.
But Hannity knows better of course. “I’ve been down there ten times!” Hannity said, “proving” he’s an expert on the subject.
From there, the conversation moved on to a debate over immigration reform. Gutierrez said, “It would be folly” to pass a “secure the border first” bill. “I would be derelict in my duty,” he said. But he was unable to finish because “national security and border expert” Hannity kept talking over him.
Finally, Gutierrez referred to an excerpt from the 9/11 Commission report, which we had with him at the ready. The 9/11 terrorists were chosen as the ones to attack us because of “their ability to get valid U.S. visas,” Gutierrez said.
But Hannity could not have cared less. “I got it! Do both!” he sneered.
Gutierrez continued, “ISIL gets a million dollars a day. They’re putting ‘em First Class and sending ‘em to America and they could be Americans just like you or I.”
But “great American” Hannity showed he’s ready for any terrorist attack. “If something happens, I will blame members of Congress for not doing their job,” he threatened.
Oh, come on, Sean. You’d never exploit a horrific tragedy like a terror attack without blaming President Obama first and foremost.
If Hannity really wanted to credibly counter Gutierrez, he would have hosted a debate with a real expert, rather than just showboating his own fake expertise.
Watch Hannity's arrogant, disrespectful behavior toward a U.S. Congressman (who remained polite and respectful) below.
Hannity has been leading the crusade for more border security for years now. Way back, it was just ordinary Mexicans who stoked fear in Hannocchio. But who can blame him, as his xenophobia has always been in overdrive, far more than any other right wing broadcast slimeball.
Then a few months back, we had the huge invasion of little brown children. “Keep ’em out!” screeched Slanthead, “They all have cooties!”
Then, in Hannity’s mind, the lice morphed into dreaded ebola.
Now of course, it’s ISIS and all other sorts of evil terrorists who are sneaking across.
Maybe it’s time for Slanthead to board another Rio Grande patrol boat with his good buddy, Gov. Perry.
Last time, he only got to fondly stroke the machine gun. Maybe on the next trip, he can fire it?
BTW, the best analysis of that trip and photo (self tweeted by Slanthead himself) was from Bob Cesca. If you missed it,
Worth reading again, for sure!
Has Slanthead ever been to the northern Border? I don’t think so. Of course that’s where the real terrorists sneak into the U.S, from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Nah, Hannity isn’t concerned about them, and besides increased security might also prevent the infiltration of future bartenders with blue eyes, blond hair coming over from the Emerald Isle!
His sisters, nieces and nephews are far more intelligent than this Long Island Lolito. Merri Jill is superior to him in intelligence, except for the marriage part. Can’t win them all. The intelligent gene must have skipped Hannocchio.
Hannocchio reads from teleprompters, written by Fox “News” staffers, and notes from conservative publications. He can’t think on his own without notes in front of him. Fox “News” staffers know he has a short-term memory.
He is a terrible speaker. The expressions on people’s faces speak volumns.
Yes, seniors love him, but the younger conservatives today say he’s ignorant.
There you go, Ellen; fixed it for ya. :)