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Watch: Rep. Donalds Torches Dems to Their Faces After Being Accused of Spreading 'White Nationalism'

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A black Republican was not having it when Democratic members of House Oversight Committee accused him and his Republican colleagues of promoting “white nationalism” because they were holding a hearing on the southern border crisis.

Shortly into the hearing Tuesday, GOP Rep. Byron Donalds Florida said, “I’m just going to cut to the chase. For my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who want to state that we’re using this hearing for white nationalism, I’m not doing that.”

Donalds, added, “So, if you feel that strongly, come walk up to this side of the room and let’s talk about it face to face.”

“But leave that kind of silly stuff for somebody else. Don’t bring that here today. This stuff is serious.”

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Prior to the hearing, committee Democrats had posted on their official Twitter account, “Good morning and good luck to everyone except @GOPoversight members who are using today’s hearing to amplify white nationalist conspiracy theories instead of a comprehensive solution to protect our borders and strengthen our immigration system.”

Oversight committee Chairman Rep. James Comer of Kentucky also responded to the tweet saying, “Really? I don’t even know what to say about that.”

Comer reminded committee members that it’s against House rules to “engage in personalities regarding other members or to question the motives of a colleague.”

“So remarks of the type we just saw in the tweet are not permitted by the rules and are not in keeping with the best traditions of our committee,” Comer stated.

Later in the hearing, Donalds pointed to the record numbers of apprehensions of those trying to cross illegally into the U.S. at the southern border.

For most of the last dozen years, he explained going year-by-year, the number of encounters ranged between 300,000 and 500,000, with the exception of 2019, when there were over 850,000 apprehended.

However, that number went back down to about 400,000 in 2020.

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After President Joe Biden took office, the numbers shot up to all-time record highs of more than 1.6 million in 2021 and 2.2 million in 2022.

What changed, Donalds contended, is that Biden rescinded the Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain in Mexico” policy), stopped construction of the border wall, and “gutted interior enforcement” of immigration laws.

“Do you believe these policy changes actually led to the drastic increases in border encounters at the southern border?” Donalds asked Border Patrol Chief John Modlin, who oversees the Tucson Sector of the southern border.

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“The thing I can tell you that goes to the spike you’re talking about is in the Tucson sector, interviewing people post arrest, what became the most common response was that they believed that when the administration changed that the law changed and policy changed and that there was an open border,” Modlin said.

Donalds responded, “The law did not change, Joe Biden decided not to follow the law.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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