'Outnumbered' on Gillibrand's Shift on Immigration: She's 'Lurching to the Left' to Gain Support
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) -- who announced her presidential bid last week on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” -- has come under fire for radically shifting her public stance on immigration.
As a member of the House -- where she served one term before being elected to the Senate in 2008 -- Gillibrand took a much more hardline stance on immigration than her fellow Democratic colleagues. Gillibrand argued against granting amnesty to immigrants entering the country illegally, voted to increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and called border security "a national security priority."
She has since become a vocal supporter of immigrant rights and has called for ICE to be abolished.
On ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, Gillibrand said, "I would tell voters, 'Look at my heart, see who I am,’” Gillibrand said. “I believe I have the courage and the compassion and fearless determination to do what's right.”
Asked about her previous stance on immigration and former opposition to amnesty, Kirsten Gillibrand says, "I would tell voters, 'look at my heart, see who I am.' I believe I have the courage and the compassion and fearless determination to do what's right" https://t.co/kljcbS9MBX pic.twitter.com/FJbm1EQmUO
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 20, 2019
Dagen McDowell pointed out that Gillibrand has also changed her policy on guns, noting that she went from an A- to an F grade from the National Rifle Association in less than two years, and she told reporters in 2009 that she slept with two guns under her bed.
Capri Cafaro said that Democratic presidential hopefuls are "lurching to the left," so they can get out of the primary, and it will make them "un-electable" in the general election.
She said that "consistency" is one of the most important qualities in a politician, because people want an elected leader to have a core sense of values that underline their decision-making process.
"She's going to evolve on every issue and hope you forgot it," David Webb said. "And the American people see that, and they're not going to buy her on a national scale. Here's my advice -- get out."
Watch the "Outnumbered" discussion above, and see Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo riff on the Democratic 2020 field below.