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Bernie Sanders calls for eliminating all medical debt at South Carolina event

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told an audience in South Carolina Friday that he is working on legislation that would “eliminate medical debt in this country.”

Sanders made the remark during a question-and-answer period following a town hall meeting in Florence on “Medicare-for-All.” A female attendee explained to Sanders that she doesn’t make enough money to qualify for ObamaCare and has a large amount of medical debt not covered by insurance.

When the woman asked Sanders if he had a plan for that, the self-described democratic socialist told her: “In another piece of legislation that we’re offering, we’re gonna eliminate medical debt in this country.”

The Sanders campaign confirmed to Fox News that the proposal was new, but details were scant.

“We are introducing legislation that would end all medical debt in this country,” Sanders told reporters as he departed the town hall. “The bottom line is it is an insane and cruel system, which says to people that they have to go deeply into debt or go bankrupt because of what? Because they came down with cancer or they came down with heart disease or they came down with Alzheimer’s, or whatever …

“In the midst of a dysfunctional healthcare system, we have to say to people that you cannot go bankrupt or end up in financial duress,” Sanders added. “That is cruel and something we’ve gotta handle. This is something that we’re working on and that we will introduce.”

Sanders has long touted his “Medicare-for-All” proposal, which would replace job-based and individual private health insurance with a government-run plan that guarantees coverage for all with no premiums, deductibles and only minimal copays for certain services. Health care has become a key issue in South Carolina, which is among the Republican-led states that turned down Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Sanders’ legislation does not specify new revenues, instead providing a separate list of “options” that include higher taxes on the wealthy, corporations and employers while promising the middle class will be better off.

“You’re going to be paying more in taxes,” Sanders said Friday to a man asking how he’d benefit from Medicare for All if his employer currently pays for most of his premiums. “But at the end of the day, you’re going to be paying less for health care than you are right now. It will be comprehensive.”

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The healthcare industry has become a favorite whipping boy for Sanders, who told his audience Friday: “Thirty years from now your kids and your grandchildren will be asking you was it really true? That there were people in America who could not go to the doctor when they wanted to? Was it really true that people went bankrupt because they could not pay their healthcare bills? And you will have to tell them, ‘Yes, it was.’ But together we are going to end that obscenity and we’re going to end it in the next few years.”

The new proposal is not the only debt that Sanders has called for canceling. He has repeatedly called for the elimination of $1.6 trillion in student loan debt as well and calling for public college and universities to be tuition-free.

According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Sanders is the second choice among Democrats nationwide, garnering 17.1 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a comfortable lead with 28.9 percent support, while Elizabeth Warren is narrowly behind Sanders in third place at 16.5 percent support.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andrew Yang’s bold prediction about dwindling NBA star receives support

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gained immense support Thursday when he made a prediction involving the Brooklyn Nets and one dwindling NBA star.

Yang predicted the Nets would sign free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony to a deal in the wake of one of their players getting suspended for the first 25 games of the season.

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“I bet the Nets sign Carmelo now that Wilson Chandler got suspended,” Yang tweeted.

Chandler received the suspension for testing positive for Ipamorelin – a drug that increases the release of growth hormone. The league said his suspension will start at the beginning of the season.

Brooklyn signed Chandler to play some valuable minutes for the team while prized free-agent signing Kevin Durant rehabs from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in the NBA playoffs.

Anthony has not played a game in the NBA since Nov. 8 with the Houston Rockets. He was later traded to and waived by the Chicago Bulls.

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Carmelo Anthony has not played a game in the NBA since last year. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

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Yang’s tweet garnered some attention from the basketball community.

While on the campaign trail, the 2020 candidate has dived into sports waters.

Earlier this month, Yang released a statement on his campaign website calling for the NCAA to pay student-athletes, saying “paying athletes in certain sports would lead to more resources going to the players who are both the main attraction and putting their bodies on the line each game.”

He also tweeted congratulations to former New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin for continuing his basketball career in the Chinese Basketball Association.

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Yang will be a part of the Sept. 12 Democratic debates set to take place in Houston.

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Biden pushes back on report refuting disputed war story: ‘I don’t see what the problem is’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden responded Thursday to a Washington Post report claiming that a military story he shared on the campaign trail “never happened,” saying in an interview “I don’t know what the problem is.”

The Democratic frontrunner’s blunder took place earlier this month when Biden recounted a story he claimed to be “God’s truth” at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

Biden offered an emotional account of his decision to travel to Afghanistan, despite concerns about visiting a war-torn area, in order to honor a Navy captain for retrieving the body of his dead comrade during battle.

According to Biden, he brushed off concerns about the risk of him traveling to the deadly area. “We can lose a vice president,” he said, recounting his words to a crowd during an event on Friday. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” His story involved the captain dramatically telling Biden he didn’t want the medal because his comrade ended up dying.

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The Washington Post reported Thursday that the event “never happened,” after speaking with a dozen military and campaign sources.

“It appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story,” The Post’s Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe wrote. “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”

During an interview on Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart’s Cape Up podcast, Biden acknowledged that he had not read the report but stood firm against the criticism.

“I have not read the article but my response is similar to a story you had about the fact that, you know, ‘Joe Biden, you know talked about the assassination of Barack Obama.’ Well, everybody understood the context. It was a totally different context that it was all about. Later, everybody clarified it,” Biden began. “There was no gaffe there. I was making the point to a group of young people that imagine if your generation were confronted with the things that happened in mine.”

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“The assertion I made was there was a young man who I attempted to pin a medal on at the request of the commander and he said, ‘I don’t want it. He died, he died’ Well, it turns out that’s true,” Biden continued. “There was a separate incident that occurred at a different time and a different circumstance, but what I was talking about was a young man- I mean, what was the gaffe when I said there was a young man I tried to pin a medal on and he said, ‘I don’t want it, sir. He died, he died, he died.’

“It was a young man, my recollection was, that he pulled a colleague of his out of a burning humvee and he risked his life doing it and the young man died that he tried to save. His commander has asked me to pin a medal on him when I was in theater and when I went to do it, he said ‘I don’t want it, sir. He took it, I pinned it on him, but he said, ‘He died, sir. He died.

“I was making the point about how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we lost. And I don’t know what the problem is. I mean, what is it that I said wrong?”

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Capehart then read an excerpt from the Post’s report; “Almost every detail in this story appears to be incorrect based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders, and Biden campaign officials. It appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion, and regret that never happened.”

“You just confirmed it happened,” Biden shot back.

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Jason Chaffetz: Gillibrand dropping out of 2020 race a ‘realistic’ decision

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The decision by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to exit the 2020 presidential race is beneficial to New York state and realistic for the lawmaker, according to Jason Chaffetz.

Gillibrand’s decision shows her campaign failed to gain traction, Chaffetz claimed Wednesday on “The Five.”

“It’s a realistic viewpoint,” he said. “She never caught on, didn’t have a message that resonated.”

“She can blame a lot of things — it just did not work. I think it’s better for her and New York and everybody else.”

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND DROPS OUT OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

The New Yorker, who first joined the Senate after Hillary Clinton was nominated secretary of state by then-President Barack Obama, thanked her supporters on social media.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Gillibrand wrote.

“Now let’s go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate.”

Adding to Chaffetz’s reaction, host Dana Perino claimed some political observers in the state were beginning to express serious doubts about Gillibrand’s presidential viability.

“There were people in New York starting to say, ‘Excuse me, you know you’re not going to become president, why don’t you focus on being here at home?'” Perino said.

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In a separate video on Twitter, Gillibrand said she nonetheless wanted to win the party’s nomination. “But it’s important to know when it’s not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country.”

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She added, “I believe I can best serve by helping unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020.”

Prior to becoming senator, the 52-year-old was a Democratic U.S. congresswoman from an upstate district.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Sean Spicer: Trump critics should learn from his supporters instead of demonizing them

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President Trump’s critics — whether they be Democrats or Never-Trump Republicans — should listen to those who elected him instead of continuing to demonize them, according to Sean Spicer.

The former White House press secretary responded Tuesday on “Hannity,” after host Sean Hannity played a clip of conservative Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin calling for the Republican Party to “in essence, burn down.”

“It’s amazing when these folks on the left and those Never Trumpers that claim to be from the right go out and demonize everyone who supports this president,” he said.

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“This president got 306 electoral votes — he won states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Instead of demonizing us, instead of trying to ostracize us, they might try to learn from us.”

On MSNBC, Rubin — author of the “Right Turn” blog — said Trump supporters should be “shunned” from what she called “polite society.”

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“Shaming these people is a statement of moral indignation that these people are not fit for polite society,” she said.

“It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose, we have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party.

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“We have to level them because if there are survivors… they will do it again.”

In his discussion with Hannity and Washington Times columnist Charlie Hurt, Spicer said the president’s message resonated with hard-working people who should not be cast aside.

“It’s about time we started listening to these people more instead of pushing them further and further away.”

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Guy Benson: Attacks on Elizabeth Warren for past Republican ties are ‘a lame hit’

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Will the Republican past of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hurt her campaign?

According to the host of Fox News Radio’s “Guy Benson Show,” Warren has cemented herself as a progressive and criticism over her past political affiliations likely won’t hurt her.

“I feel like that is a lame hit on her. I am not an Elizabeth Warren supporter or fan in almost any way but I’m not sure that’s going to work, saying, ‘oh well, she used to be, what, 30 plus years ago, a Republican,'” Guy Benson said Monday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

Last week, actress Susan Sarandon apparently took a dig at Warren’s past Republican affiliations while introducing Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a campaign event.

“[Sanders] is not someone who used to be Republican,” Sarandon said. “He is not someone who used to take money, or still takes money, from Wall Street. He is the real deal.”

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Warren was a Republican until 1996 when the senator was 47.

Benson said Warren didn’t need to worry about being perceived as a conservative Republican.

“I think most people on the left, most people in the Democratic Party, recognize that she is for better — and I think usually for worse — a hardcore, often abrasive progressive,” Benson said.

The radio host also weighed in on the latest Monmouth poll that had Warren and Sanders in the lead with 20 percent each, and the former frontrunner Joe Biden slipping to third with 19 percent.

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As to why Biden dropped so much, Benson speculated that may be due to former vice president’s recent gaffes.

“Maybe the gaffes, maybe this seeming brain cloud and the fuzziness, that might be spooking some people,” Benson said.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

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Bill de Blasio tells voters: To defeat Trump, ‘choose the tallest candidate’

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his height during a televised town hall on Sunday, urging voters to “choose the tallest candidate” in order to defeat President Trump.

CNN’s Ana Cabrera kicked off the primetime special by addressing the “elephant in the room,” telling the 2020 candidate “you are really tall” and estimated how he’s “a foot taller” than she is.”

“But we’re all Americans,” de Blasio jokingly replied.

Cabrera then noted that if elected, de Blasio would be the “tallest president ever,” exceeding Abraham Lincoln’s 6’4 with his 6’5 standing.

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“How is that height advantage working out for you?” Cabrera asked.

“Remember, the taller candidate has won every general election for president, but I think three times only. There’s only three exceptions in the history of the republic,” the New York City mayor said. “So if you want to get rid of Donald Trump, choose the tallest candidate.”

De Blasio is the tallest candidate in the 2020 field. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke is the second tallest, tying Lincoln’s 6’4. President Trump stands at 6’3.

The mayor’s town hall was disrupted by a protestor who demanded further accountability from the NYPD following the 2014 death of Eric Garner. De Blasio faced a similar outburst at the Democratic debate in July. Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who prosecutors say used a banned chokehold on Garner, was fired by the NYPD last week.

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While he might be a skyscraper among presidential hopefuls, the mayor remains short in the polls. In the latest Fox News poll, de Blasio received only one percent among likely Democratic voters.

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Joe Kennedy III considers 2020 Senate primary challenge against Markey

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Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III is considering a 2020 Senate primary challenge against Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey — which could pit a longtime, well-known Democratic lawmaker against a scion of one of the nation’s most famous political families.

Kennedy, the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy — the former U.S. senator from New York who served as attorney general in his brother John’s administration — wrote on Facebook on Monday that he is not mulling the decision “lightly,” but wanted to share his thoughts with his supporters.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate,” Kennedy said. “This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and — to be completely candid — I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon. Family is my first consideration with any big decision like this,” he said.

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“I haven’t reached a decision yet — that’s the truth. I’m thinking about what I have to offer Massachusetts voters, what is most important in this political moment, and what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future,” he continued in the Facebook post.

In addition, the 38-year-old lawmaker said he has been humbled by the encouragement of supporters, but remarked that some people have advised him to wait his turn.

“Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it,” he said.

“I’ve got some ideas on how to do that. And I don’t think our democratic process promises anyone a turn. What it does promise is the chance for anyone to earn it — if we think we have something to offer and are willing to put ourselves and our ideas out there.”

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His potential opponent, Markey, has been active in Massachusetts politics for decades — previously serving as a U.S. congressman from the Boston area for more than three decades.

Markey, 73, won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election held after then-Sen. John Kerry resigned after being nominated by ex-President Barack Obama to serve as secretary of state.

More recently, Markey has been a vocal proponent of climate change legislation. Earlier this year, he co-authored the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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For his part, Kennedy was recently given the prominent role of offering the minority rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union.

In his 2018 speech, the lawmaker called Trump a “bully” and claimed Russia was “knee-deep in our democracy.”

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“Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future,” Kennedy said.

Following a report earlier this month that Kennedy has been mulling a bid for the seat, Markey’s campaign told The New York Times that he still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides.

“Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”

In July, Politico reported the existence of a Massachusetts telephone poll of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. A “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters later launched a website and a Facebook group.

“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group said. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”

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In Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate elections of late, both incumbents have won handily over their Republican opponents.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., won 60 percent of the vote against her 2018 Republican challenger, State Rep. Geoff Diehl.

One year after winning the special election to succeed Kerry’s appointed replacement, former Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass., Markey defeated Hopkinton, Mass. lawmaker Brian Herr by a similar margin in 2014.

Fox News’ Molly Line, Alex Pappas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Kennedy III considers 2020 Senate primary challenge against Markey

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Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III is considering a 2020 Senate primary challenge against Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey — which could pit a longtime, well-known Democratic lawmaker against a scion of one of the nation’s most famous political families.

Kennedy, the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy — the former U.S. senator from New York who served as attorney general in his brother John’s administration — wrote on Facebook on Monday that he is not mulling the decision “lightly,” but wanted to share his thoughts with his supporters.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate,” Kennedy said. “This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and — to be completely candid — I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon. Family is my first consideration with any big decision like this,” he said.

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“I haven’t reached a decision yet — that’s the truth. I’m thinking about what I have to offer Massachusetts voters, what is most important in this political moment, and what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future,” he continued in the Facebook post.

In addition, the 38-year-old lawmaker said he has been humbled by the encouragement of supporters, but remarked that some people have advised him to wait his turn.

“Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it,” he said.

“I’ve got some ideas on how to do that. And I don’t think our democratic process promises anyone a turn. What it does promise is the chance for anyone to earn it — if we think we have something to offer and are willing to put ourselves and our ideas out there.”

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His potential opponent, Markey, has been active in Massachusetts politics for decades — previously serving as a U.S. congressman from the Boston area for more than three decades.

Markey, 73, won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election held after then-Sen. John Kerry resigned after being nominated by ex-President Barack Obama to serve as secretary of state.

More recently, Markey has been a vocal proponent of climate change legislation. Earlier this year, he co-authored the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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For his part, Kennedy was recently given the prominent role of offering the minority rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union.

In his 2018 speech, the lawmaker called Trump a “bully” and claimed Russia was “knee-deep in our democracy.”

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“Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future,” Kennedy said.

Following a report earlier this month that Kennedy has been mulling a bid for the seat, Markey’s campaign told The New York Times that he still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides.

“Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”

In July, Politico reported the existence of a Massachusetts telephone poll of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. A “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters later launched a website and a Facebook group.

“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group said. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”

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In Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate elections of late, both incumbents have won handily over their Republican opponents.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., won 60 percent of the vote against her 2018 Republican challenger, State Rep. Geoff Diehl.

One year after winning the special election to succeed Kerry’s appointed replacement, former Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass., Markey defeated Hopkinton, Mass. lawmaker Brian Herr by a similar margin in 2014.

Fox News’ Molly Line, Alex Pappas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jesse Watters: 2020 Dems ‘short on solutions’ for illegal immigration, ‘birthright citizenship’ debate mischaracterized

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Democratic presidential candidates are attacking President Trump over the “birthright citizenship” debate because they have no solutions for illegal immigration, according to Jesse Watters.

The authors of the 14th Amendment, which codified the citizenship rights of people born in the United States, did not craft it to expressly cover children of illegal immigrants but instead recently emancipated slaves, Watters claimed Thursday on “The Five.”

“The Trump administration says it’s taking a big step toward ending catch and release by scrapping the Flores agreement, which limits the amount of time migrant families can be detained,” he said.

“The 2020 Democrats are short on actual solutions, but have plenty of insults for President Trump.”

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The “Watters’ World” host then played clips of several media and political figures slamming the president on the issue.

Presidential hopeful Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, claimed Trump is trying to “carry out maximum cruelty with little children who are brown.”

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On MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow asked rhetorically whether the president’s plan to reject Flores would create an environment resembling the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Additionally, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, claimed Trump’s consideration of trying to end birthright citizenship is “racist on its face.”

Responding to O’Rourke’s claim, Watters said he believed the intention of the amendment is clear.

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“The author of the 14th Amendment, a senator, said that it was primarily directed at slaves,” he said. The amendment was ratified in the Summer of 1868 — shortly after the end of the Civil War.

“It was not discussing illegal immigrants or sons and daughters of ambassadors from other countries,” Watters continued.

In an 1866 speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jacob M. Howard said the language of his amendment would not “include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of person.”

The amendment itself reads, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

“Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

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