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Trump blasts Paul Ryan as ‘weak, ineffective & stupid’ in fresh attack on ex-Speaker

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President Trump unloaded on former House Speaker Paul Ryan for the second time in three days Saturday, mocking him as a “Lame Duck” and chiding his leadership style as “ineffective” and “stupid.”

In a series of tweets, Trump praised House Minority Leader Keven McCarthy, R-Calif., calling him smarter and tougher than Ryan, who retired in January. He also characterized Ryan’s fundraising numbers in his final year in office as “abysmal” and said people like him “almost killed the Republican Party.”

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“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is a far superior leader than was Lame Duck Speaker Paul Ryan. Tougher, smarter and a far better fundraiser, Kevin is already closing in on 44 Million Dollars. Paul’s final year numbers were, according to Breitbart, ‘abysmal,'” Trump posted.

His comments come days after excerpts from an upcoming book the former House Speaker as saying that Trump “didn’t know anything about government” and that Ryan wanted to “scold him all the time.”

“Because I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time,” Ryan reportedly said in the book, “American Carnage” by Politico reporter Tim Alberta. “Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to, kind of, what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

Ryan recalled a difficult working relationship with Trump, during which he refused to endorse some of the president’s more controversial policies such as a proposed travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump’s hardline immigration policies.

Alberta writes that Ryan couldn’t stand the thought of another two years with Trump and saw retirement as an “escape hatch,” according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book.

Late Thursday, Trump said that Ryan,  who served in the House of Representatives for almost two decades, “quit Congress because he didn’t know how to Win.”

“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader…” Trump tweeted.

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Trump hasn’t always been hostile toward the former GOP leader. When the Ryan and 2012 vice presidential candidate announced he would not seek re-election in 2018, Trump wished him well over Twitter.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question,” he posted at the time. “We are with you Paul!”

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Trump trashes ‘lame duck failure’ Paul Ryan in response to new criticisms

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President Trump unleashed on Paul Ryan in a late-night tweetstorm in response to criticisms the former speaker made in an upcoming book.

In the book, “American Carnage,” Ryan recalled his difficult working relationship with the president. He told Politico’s Tim Alberta that Trump “didn’t know anything about the government” and that he and others “helped to stop him from making bad decisions.”

“Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time,” Ryan reportedly said in the book. “Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

Trump blasted Ryan as a “failed” vice presidential candidate with an “atrocious” record of as a congressman.

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“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader…” Trump tweeted.

Trump went on to claim that when 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Ryan as a running mate,  he told people “that’s the end of this Presidential run.”

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“He quit Congress because he didn’t know how to Win,” the president continued. “They gave me standing O’s in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage. He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)….”

Trump added, “He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing. Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”

This is a drastic shift in tone from the president when Ryan announced he would not be seeking re-election in April 2018.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!” Trump tweeted at the time.

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McCarthy’s fundraising haul breaks record among House Republicans

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., broke his party’s fundraising record by taking in $33.7 million through the first half of 2019, according to figures released by his campaign on Wednesday.

McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, raised $10.6 million in the second quarter, adding to his first quarter haul of $23.1 million. In total, McCarthy has more than doubled the funds raised by former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who took in $15 million in the first two quarters of 2018.

Of the $33.7 million, $8.8 million has been allocated to the reelection campaigns of various Republican House members, while $10.7 million has been distributed to the National Republican Congressional Committee and state parties.

“Republicans are on offense, fighting back and winning against the socialist agenda coming from House Democrats,” McCarthy said in a statement.

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The seven-term lawmaker claimed the House Democratic caucus was in “chaos” amid intraparty policy disputes that have “left this majority rudderless and exposed their inability to solve problems on behalf of the American people.

“The substantial resources raised thus far will allow us to take our vision and message to the people,” McCarthy added.

The “chaos” claim appeared to be a reference to tensions between newly-elected Democratic lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who publicly took aim at freshman progressive members in recent weeks for voting against a $4.6 billion border aid package late last month.

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McCarthy has ramped up travel across the country ahead of the 2020 elections and has met with at least 61 potential House GOP candidates, a spokesman for the minority leader’s office told Fox News.

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Liberty Vittert: Census shouldn’t ask about citizenship

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President Trump is fighting hard to have the 2020 census ask the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

Democrats are fighting just as hard to keep the question off the census.

What’s this all about?

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The citizenship question sounds reasonable. Why shouldn’t we know how our population breaks down between citizens and non-citizens? The information, by law, can’t be used against anyone, so what’s the big deal?

Since the census, at its core, is a statistical accounting, I decided to look at it as a statistician. I’ve concluded that it makes the most sense to leave the citizenship question off the census, because that will enable the government to get the most accurate count possible of our total population.

The Constitution requires that the federal government count the number of people living in the U.S. every 10 years. The census is supposed to include everyone – regardless of citizenship status. In other words, for the purpose of the census, citizenship is irrelevant.

The major purpose of the census is to determine representation in the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes each state gets, and also to determine the amount of some types of federal aid that go to states and localities, based on their populations.

Representation, Electoral College votes and some federal aid are based on the total number of people – not U.S. citizens – living in states and communities. This is a crucial distinction.

The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

The first census was in 1790 and counted 3.9 million people living in the U.S. The 2010 census counted 308.7 million people.

The census originally included slaves (though each slave only counted as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats and Electoral College votes), who had no voting or other rights.

White women were also counted in the census, even though women did not get the right to vote nationwide until 1920. Children were also counted, although they were not allowed to vote.

If our nation’s founders wanted to only count eligible voters in the census, they would have limited the count to adult white men.

The accuracy of the census is important. If it fails to correctly count the number of people in the nation, some states could get more representation in the House, more Electoral College votes (which determine who is elected president), and more of some types of federal aid than they are rightfully entitled to. Some could get less.

The argument to not include the citizenship question on the census form is quite clear. Given the political climate and immigration debates occurring in our country, many Democrats contend that asking a citizenship question will scare people away from answering.

The thought is that this will not only stop some illegal immigrants from responding to the census, but also stop some non-citizens living in the U.S. legally, and even some citizens who live in households with non-citizens.

An undercount caused by people not responding to the census could disadvantage Democrats, because states and congressional districts they represent have a higher proportion of immigrants.

As attorney James W. Lucas wrote in the National Review last year: “California’s non-citizen residents give California voters (mostly Democrats) about 11 percent more voting power than Americans in states with smaller immigrant populations have.” As a result, he wrote: “California, the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House that it would if House seats were based on citizen population alone.”

However, it would take a constitutional amendment to count only citizens in determining House representation, Electoral College votes and some types of federal aid. Some people no doubt think this would be a good idea – but unless the Constitution is amended, citizenship will not matter for these purposes.

In arguing to include the citizenship question on in the census, the Trump administration’s Justice Department first said the question would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court rejected that argument last month.

Now the Trump administration is scrambling to find another way to add the citizenship question to the census. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the administration will take action in the next few days that he believes will allow the citizenship question to be asked, but did not specify exactly what it will do.

From a purely statistical perspective – without conducting a pilot study – the addition of the citizenship question is a trade-off. What is the cost of increasing non-responses to the census, versus the benefits of gaining knowledge about the number of non-citizens in the U.S.?

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The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

If the government wants to know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in the United States, it has every right (as far as I understand) to do that – but that question, statistically speaking, does not have a place consistent with the mission of the 2020 census. That’s why I believe it should not be included in the census.

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Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff in boost for House Freedom Caucus

A state legislator aided by hardline conservatives on Capitol Hill won the Republican nomination Tuesday for the North Carolina congressional district seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

Voters in the 3rd District GOP primary runoff chose state Rep. Greg Murphy of Greenville over Kinston pediatrician Joan Perry, a first-time candidate backed by groups seeking to increase the number of Republican women in the House. They were the top vote-getters in the 17-candidate party primary in April, with Murphy finishing first but falling short of the threshold to avoid a runoff.

Murphy, a urologist serving in the legislature since 2015, won comfortably, according to unofficial results that show he performed strongly in balloting in his home county of Pitt. He now advances to the Sept. 10 special election to take on Democratic nominee Allen Thomas and two other candidates. That winner completes the remainder of Jones’ two-year term.

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State Rep. Greg Murphy debating Joan Perry on the campus of Pitt Community College this past June. (Deborah Griffin/The Daily Reflector via AP, File)

Jones died in February after more than 24 years representing the Republican-leaning 3rd District, which now stretches from Greenville to the Outer Banks and includes military installations like Camp Lejeune. Agriculture, the military and medicine are among the largest industries in a district President Donald Trump won by 24 percentage points in 2016. About 11% of qualified voters in the 17-county 3rd District race cast ballots, according to the State Board of Elections.

Washington-based political committees spent well over $1 million to support one or the other of the two conservative candidates in the runoff. Each campaign or its supporting groups ran attack ads accusing the opponent of liberal tendencies and questioning the opponent’s commitment to President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Murphy’s campaign had outraised Perry entering the campaign’s final days, but independent expenditure groups backing Perry eliminated any gap.

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Dr. Joan Perry answering a question during a debate last month. (Deborah Griffin/The Daily Reflector via AP, File)

Murphy’s victory is a win for the House Freedom Caucus and for its chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a close ally of Trump in Congress. Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a founding Freedom Caucus member, campaigned with Murphy.

Murphy said Perry’s support from Washington-based PACs showed she was aligned with the “swamp.” Meadows vouched for Murphy, saying in a TV ad he was “100% confident” that Murphy would have Trump’s back if elected to Congress.

Perry’s defeat is a setback for those seeking to boost the number of Republican women in the House. The 13 who now serve there represent a 25-year-low. The Winning for Women Action Fund ran ads supporting Perry and attacking Murphy. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin also endorsed Perry.

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“We took a political outsider with no name recognition and helped elevate her through a field of 17 candidates into a two-person runoff,” Winning for Women Executive Director Rebecca Schuller said in a release. “Primary support is critical to electing more women.”

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Rep. Walter Jones, seen in October 2017 with pictures of soldiers killed who were based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Perry and Murphy largely agreed on most issues, including support for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico wall. Both strongly oppose abortion.

With Murphy, “Republican voters selected a true-prolife champion and conservative leader to fill the seat of Congressman Walter Jones,” said Tami Fitzgerald with the North Carolina Values Coalition.

Perry and her allies tried to draw differences with Murphy on a bill he had sponsored earlier this year in the state House that would expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults through the federal health care law.

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Murphy won despite Jones’ widow giving support to Perry. While stopping short of a full endorsement, Joe Anne Jones said Perry’s integrity and religious faith are similar to those of the late congressman.

The late congressman was considered a conservative maverick willing to vote against his party and GOP presidents, including Trump.

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Jim Jordan: Dems oppose census citizenship question over fear of exposing non-citizens, illegal immigrants

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Democrats oppose the presence of a citizenship question on the 2020 census because it will expose how many people in the U.S. are either non-citizens or here illegally, according to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

“I think they are a little nervous about what the number may be,” Jordan said Tuesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”  You actually may find out how many people — maybe it’s not 11 million, the number we hear all the time. Maybe it’s a higher number of people who are here who aren’t citizens or here in some illegal fashion.”

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The decennial census delineates congressional districts by population, meaning anyone counted in the census adds to that apportionment, the congressman added.

In addition, host Tucker Carlson questioned why the Democrats, the self-described “party of science” would be against “gathering data.”

“They have no real explanation for that,” said Carlson, who added that other countries, including neighboring Canada, have a citizenship question on their census and are not deemed “racist.”

In response, Jordan remarked that the “racism” claim was what opponents “use all the time when they want to accuse us of things they disagree with or want a different policy.”

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“[Supreme Court Justice Samuel] Alito said it best — no one disagrees that it’s important to know how many immigrants are in your country,” said Jordan, who added the question has been included in most census tallies going back to the Monroe administration.

“In one form or another, it’s been asked for 200 years,” he said. ” …This is … so common sense.”

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Judge won’t toss Rep. Duncan Hunter’s corruption case

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A judge Monday refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial out of San Diego, saying he found no evidence so far that the California Republican lawmaker cannot get a fair trial here.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan in ruling from the bench said Hunter — a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump — easily won re-election to a sixth term in 2018 after being indicted and therefore he should be able to be tried fairly in San Diego County.

Defense lawyers argued prosecutors were politically motivated when they indicted the 42-year-old congressman only months before the 2018 election and the case should be dismissed. Whelan said he found no evidence of that.

Hunter and his wife were indicted in August on charges they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses ranging from groceries to golf trips and family vacations, and then lied about it in federal filings. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty last month to one corruption count and agreed to cooperate with investigators and could end up testifying against her husband.

Prosecutors have also revealed salacious details about the congressman’s lifestyle, saying he spent campaign money on a string of extramarital affairs with lobbyists and congressional aides.

Hunter’s lawyers argued that the presence of prosecutors tied to the case at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in August 2015 compromised their impartiality and that they should be removed from the case. The government says the prosecutors attended in an official capacity to assist law enforcement. Whelan agreed with the government.

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Hunter’s attorneys also had asked for the trial to be moved to the Eastern District of California, the location where Trump in the 2016 presidential elections won counties in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton.

They said the extensive press coverage — and most of it negative — will make it near-impossible to find impartial jurors in San Diego. Attorneys told the judge one only needs to look outside the courthouse Monday where a dozen or so protesters were carrying signs that read “Lock him up!” among other things. A smaller group held signs in support of Hunter.

Whelan pointed out the media coverage and editorials by The San Diego Union-Tribune did not stop him from winning re-election. But Whelan added that during jury selection, if the pool appears stacked against Hunter, the judge could consider again whether to move the trial.

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The trial begins in September.

In an interview with Fox News last year, Hunter said his campaign made mistakes, that he gave his wife power of attorney when he deployed as a Marine to Iraq in 2003, and that she handled his finances during his last five terms in office.

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Rep. Will Hurd says Texas Republicans need to do more to diversify their ranks

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Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said on Sunday that Republicans in the Lone Star State need to start diversifying the party and reflect the racial and ethnic make-up of Texas if they hope to maintain control of the state’s congressional delegation.

“I think the Republican Party should be a broad party. I shouldn’t be the only African-American Republican in the House of Representatives,” Hurd said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Despite there being no Democrats elected to any statewide office in Texas, Hurd argued that the state is not the “ruby-red Texas” that it is commonly thought to be, but is “actually purple.”

“If we want to keep a Republican Party in Texas, the Republican Party in Texas needs to start looking like Texas,” Hurd said. “I think that goes for the rest of the country as well.”

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Hurd, who recently spoke at the Pride Social gathering organized by the Log Cabin Republicans of D.C., an LGBT GOP group, argued on Sunday that the Republican Party has an opportunity to attract numerous independents and “center-left Democrats” who are concerned with an increasing shift to the far left by many in the Democratic Party and want the federal government to play a smaller role in their lives.

“We have an opportunity to intrigue those folks that are interested in solving problems in the future by empowering people not government,” Hurd said.

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Trump urged to ignore Supreme Court, print census question: ‘Because we should,’ GOP lawmaker says

A Republican congressman has encouraged President Trump to ignore the Supreme Court and print the 2020 U.S. Census with the question about citizenship, as the president mulls an executive order.

Rep. Chip Roy, who represents the Lone Star State’s 21st Congressional District — covering much of the area north of San Antonio, plus much of Austin — made the call on social media amid the controversy over the census citizenship question that caused some confusion within the Trump administration on whether the question will appear on the survey.

“It’s the lawyers advising him,” Roy wrote in a tweet. “[Trump] should ignore them. Completely. Print the Census with the questions — and issue a statement explaining why — ‘because we should.’ Done.”

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The Supreme Court last week blocked the citizenship question for the time being until more reasoning from the administration can be provided.

This prompted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to initially announce that his department would print the census without the citizenship question amid the Supreme Court objections.

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Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, made the call on social media amid the controversy over the census citizenship question that caused some confusion within the Trump administration of whether the question will appear on the survey. (Associated Press)

“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement. “My focus and that of the bureau and the entire department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”

The Texas congressman, a freshman Republican, fired back on social media after being accused of openly calling on Trump to ignore the high court.

“Lawless is the state of our border. Lawless is being ruled by Judges on matters of policy choices,” he tweeted. “Lawless is NOT rightly advising the President to follow the Constitution and include a citizenship question on the census — particularly in light of the opinion.”

Trump has been critical of the Supreme Court block, attacking it as “totally ridiculous” that the U.S. government “cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship.”

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On Wednesday, Trump said that reports that that Commerce had dropped the “quest” to put the question on the census were “fake!”

“We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” he tweeted.

On Thursday Trump said his administration is still working to add the question on the census, with reports saying he’s mulling an executive order to do so, a move that would lead to a showdown between his administration and the Supreme Court.

“So important for our Country that the very simple and basic ‘Are you a Citizen of the United States?’ question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census,” he tweeted.

Multiple outlets reported that Trump is considering using an executive order to move forward with the push. The Washington Post reported that Trump had told lawyers to fix the situation with an executive order and add it to the census later.

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“The administration is considering the appropriateness of an executive order that would address the constitutional need for the citizenship question to be included in the 2020 census,” a source told Axios.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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AOC accuses GOP of trying to ‘Make America Great Again’ by hurting children, migrants

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Republicans are trying to fulfill President Trump’s famous campaign pledge — “Make America Great Again” — by “hurt[ing]” child migrants so that they won’t want to enter the U.S., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed on Wednesday.

“The GOP’s grand plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ is to hurt children, immigrants, refugees into thinking America isn’t great – that it’s cruel & inhumane – so people don’t come at all,” she tweeted.

She added that the GOP would fail since “America isn’t America at all without immigrants. To turn them away is Un-American.”

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Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest responded by accusing Ocasio-Cortez of weaponizing the crisis in order to attack Republicans.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez coveniently forgets to mention that when she had the opportunity to support $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid — which both the House and Senate passed — to address the crisis on the border she voted against it. It’s clear that she would rather weaponize the crisis on the border to attack Republicans than actually help fix it,” he told Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to reports that migrant children have drawn pictures of themselves in cages, a contentious form of detention that liberals have decried.

The freshman lawmaker also urged her colleagues Wednesday to address the migration crisis through a variety of policies — including her controversial “Green New Deal.”

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“We need large-scale public investment to spur job creation for citizens & immigrants alike. Ideally that investment transitions us to a sustainable economy (climate & income-wise). We are overdue to rebuild American [infrastucture and] it’s going to take ALL of us & immigrants to do it,” she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez has also joined some Democrats in proposing that Congress decriminalize illegal border crossings. But Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief under President Obama, blasted that proposal as “tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders.”

“That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that,” Johnson told The Washington Post.

On Friday, Johnson also defended the administration’s use of migrant detention centers, noting that the Obama administration also used so-called “cages.” “Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented in January 2017,” he said.

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His comments came as a long list of other Democrats have denounced the way the Trump administration has handled the issue.

The issue came back into the spotlight earlier this week after Ocasio-Cortez visited a detention facility and claimed that migrants were forced to drink toilet water. Current and former officials have since pushed back on her claims.

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., also called for federal authorities to face child abuse charges for the way they treated migrants.

In a letter sent to Trump Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed concern that recent emergency border funding legislation did not do enough to improve conditions at the detention centers.

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Trump, on Wednesday, unleashed a series of tweets blasting Democrats for their role in perpetuating the migrant crisis and pushing back on their criticism of the way his administration treated migrants.

“Our Border Patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors or nurses. The Democrats [sic] bad Immigration Laws, which could be easily fixed, are the problem. Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond,” Trump tweeted.

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