During a debate segment on CNN, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona managed to bat Trump surrogate Kayleigh McEnany’s weak immigration talking point out of the park so hard that it left her opponent visibly flustered and blinking uncontrollably.
McEnany was sent out in preparation for what the Trump campaign describes as a major immigration speech on Thursday, in which the candidate is expected to soften his position on deporting over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
“He meant deporting all of them,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota reminded McEnany. “Does that stand this week?”
“He’s setting priorities,” McEnany insisted. “That may be the last priority. But his priorities are those that reflect the voters he’s speaking to. And the president, after all, should reflect voters.”
Cardona stepped in and made the argument that Trump’s promise of using a “humane” deportation force was a “clueless” policy.
“What does that mean?” she asked. “That there will be cushions on the buses and they’ll get milk and cookies on the way to the border. Who knows?”
“He supposedly talked about softening his stance, which we now see is not really softening his stance,” she noted. “He’s going back to his priority of deporting all of the 11 or 12 million undocumented immigrants. But who knows how he’s going to do that.”
The strategist insisted that Trump “has no idea how existing immigration law works.”
That’s when McEnany pulled out her pre-scripted talking point to try and deflect attention from her candidate’s apparent ignorance. She accused the Obama administration of “releasing 20,000 criminals, 200 of which have murder convictions, 800 of which had sexual offenses.”
But Cardona was ready for her lame attack and hit back hard.
“Kayleigh continues to bring up this figure,” Cardona replied. “The fact of the matter is that under both George W. Bush administration and the Obama administration, there are some convicted criminals who have been released.”
“But guess why?” she continued. “It is because many of them — most of them, in fact — have actually served their sentence here in the U.S. jails. In addition, many others have been granted release by immigration judges and immigration courts. Additionally, there are various countries — China, Cuba, Vietnam — who don’t accept deportation, who don’t accept removals back to their own home country.”
“So again, cluelessness when it comes to real immigration law, what we are really facing in terms of the solutions that are needed.
McEnany could only shake her head and smile in pure frustration as she watched her sand castle of lies crumble under a wave of facts.
Close observers also noticed that while McEnany delivered her well-rehearsed talking point, the surrogate blinked at least 40 times in less than a minute — that’s one blink every 1.25 seconds.
Meanwhile, experts say that “stress and anxiety tend to increase a person’s blink rate, and this can sometimes give away a lie.
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