Tapper and Johnson Have Intense Debate Over Border
On Wednesday, CNN anchor Jake Tapper learned the hard way not to mess around with House Speaker Mike Johnson, as the Republican congressman from Louisiana shut him down during a live interview.
Tapper, a staunch defender of President Joe Biden’s policies, was no match for Johnson’s defense of his recent trip to the southern border with over 60 House Republicans. The purpose of the trip was to witness firsthand the deteriorating state of affairs at the border, which has been exacerbated under Biden’s administration.
As Tapper attempted to defend Biden’s handling of the crisis, Johnson repeatedly brought up hard facts and called for action on the issue. Johnson argued that before Biden seeks support for additional aid to Ukraine and Israel in their respective wars, he must first address the virtual free flow of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States.
Johnson pointed out that Biden has yet to visit the border for real, only making a photo-op appearance last year. Tapper, in an attempt to defend the president, claimed that Biden had been to the border before. However, Johnson stood his ground, retorting that Biden should spend a couple of days on the ground, like he and his fellow congressman did, to truly understand the gravity of the situation.
During the interview, Johnson also brought up concerning statistics, stating that estimates range from seven to nine million illegal aliens entering the U.S. under Biden’s administration. He also highlighted the national security threat posed by these individuals, as hundreds of them are reportedly on the terrorist watchlist. Tapper immediately tried to lessen the severity of the issue, claiming that there aren’t “hundreds of known terrorists” entering the country.
Johnson quickly corrected him, stating that these individuals had been flagged on the terrorist watchlist, meaning they met the criteria required to be on such a list. He added, “These are dangerous people who are coming to the country.”
Tapper then attempted to play the “what about Trump?” card, arguing that even former President Donald Trump couldn’t seal the border. However, Johnson was quick to note that the president has the authority to do so under existing federal law. In response, Tapper tried to claim that the U.S. Border Patrol wants additional funding to handle the influx of immigrants, but Johnson refuted this, stating that the Border Patrol actually wants the flow to be stopped entirely.
Johnson also clarified that this issue is not about sending more money, but rather about changing the policy. He criticized the White House for not understanding this crucial point. In a final attempt to defend Biden, Tapper claimed that not even Trump could “turn off the faucet” at the border. Johnson swiftly shut this down, stating that the Border Patrol does not need more personnel, but rather a change in policy.
The exchange between Tapper and Johnson highlighted the stark divisions between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the handling of the border crisis. Johnson, along with his fellow Republicans, holds Biden accountable for the surge of illegal immigrants and the national security threats that come with it. As Tapper, as a representative of the liberal media, tries to downplay the severity of the situation and defend Biden’s policies.
As the interview came to a close, it was evident that Johnson and the Republican Party were committed to addressing the crisis at the border, and they would not back down until the changes they were advocating for were made. It remains to be seen if Biden and the Democrats will take heed and take action to secure the border and protect the national security of the United States.