By The Blaze. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) appeared to deviate from his Democratic colleagues on Sunday by saying he “would not rule out a wall in certain instances.”
“The notion that we can’t have barriers is just something that’s not true,” Thompson said on ABC’s “This Week.”
According to Thompson, Democrats are still willing to work with President Donald Trump.
“Mr. President, Democrats will work with you,” Thompson said. “But you can’t pick what Democrats you work with. We have picked our leaders, and you have to work with our leaders.” . . .
“What we have to do is sit down, work through this, and let the public know exactly what we’re talking about and what they can expect,” he said. “And we’re not there yet.” (Read more from “Are Dems Starting to Break? Prominent Party Member Signals Chance for Border Wall Accord” HERE)
Top Homeland Security Dem Breaks With Party: ‘I Would Not Rule out a Wall in Certain Instances’
By Fox News. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., broke with some of his fellow congressional Democrats on Sunday by acknowledging in an interview that he “would not rule out a wall in certain instances,” although he cautioned that the White House needs a better “plan” than simply using a wall as a “talking point.”
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who preemptively rejected Trump’s proposed border wall compromise on Saturday as a “nonstarter,” has pledged not to fund the president’s border wall under any circumstances — and, Thompson suggested in an interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump is stuck with her. . .
Pelosi said earlier this month that “a wall, in my view, is an immorality” and “the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly.”
That view has the support of the party’s progressive wing. In an interview last week, for example, Democratic Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar told CNN that “we know walls don’t work, that they don’t stop drugs, that they don’t stop migration.”
Escobar also suggested she was open to destroying existing walls, remarking that they are “really ugly” and “monuments to division.” (Read more from “Top Homeland Security Dem Breaks With Party: ‘I Would Not Rule out a Wall in Certain Instances'” HERE)