Fiery 'What If You're Kate Steinle's Parents?': MacCallum Debates O'Malley over Dems' Focus on 'S***hole' Remarks
Martha MacCallum debated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley over his party's focus on President Trump's reportedly coarse language rather than the immigration issues at hand.
O'Malley, a former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, said he hopes and believes Democrats will compromise with Republicans on a DACA fix and other immigration reform policies.
However, O'Malley said Trump's demeanor and "xenophobia" may be hurting the process.
He said that by allegedly using terms like "s***hole" regarding third world countries, Trump "erodes the trust necessary to compromise" on important issues.
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MacCallum challenged him on why Democrats continue to focus on the comments, as described by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and not instead on what immigration policies will keep America safe.
"I understand your sensibilities are offended by things the president says but if you're the parents of Kate Steinle and you're listening to Democrats [shying away from] a stronger [border] fence and border security... can you imagine how they feel?" MacCallum asked.
Steinle was a California woman who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant felon whose legal case ended with the suspect, Jose Zarate, being convicted of a weapons charge but cleared of murder charges.
O'Malley said he knows an eighth grade girl reportedly covered under DACA, who has her own fears of having her "doors kicked in" by federal agents.
MacCallum later said that America's mayors and governors "have to uphold the laws with regard to immigration."
O'Malley said that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) told him that without federal warrants, turning immigrants over to federal authorities would violate the state Constitution.
He reiterated that he agrees with much of the initial immigration reform compromise from Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and hoped that the "next generation" of Americans will not embody the "xenophobia" Trump allegedly holds.
"His doctor said he is in perfect health, so he's only going to get worse," O'Malley remarked.
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