House Dem: Trump 'Scapegoats' Immigrants to Distract From Mueller, Stormy Daniels
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) accused President Trump of ramping up his immigration rhetoric to distract people from the Mueller probe and the allegations by Stormy Daniels.
"This is a way of scapegoating a good part of the country," the upper Manhattan representative said on CNN in response to Trump's many tweets over the weekend about DACA and other issues.
Espaillat said Trump's strategy is to "pivot" to attacks on Democrats over immigration and the border wall when Special Counsel Robert Mueller "puts up the heat" or when new stories come out about his alleged extramarital affair with the porn star.
He said Trump wants to throw "red meat" to his supporters and downplay the importance of what Mueller is uncovering.
In recent days, Trump has tweeted about the need for border security as a "caravan" of illegal immigrants heads to the United States from Honduras.
According to a BuzzFeed report, the caravan was organized by People Without Borders and Mexican officials have not attempted to halt the migrants.
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Trump also said DACA is "dead" and blamed the situation on Democrats, while claiming migrants are heading to the U.S. through Mexico to "take advantage" of the policy.
DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon... No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018
Meantime, the first jail sentence was handed down in the Mueller probe Tuesday after a Dutch lawyer pleaded guilty to lying about his contact with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates.
Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano warned last week that Mueller could be zeroing in on laying out a case tied to collusion between the campaign and Russians.
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