Chuck Todd uncharacteristically challenged the president's chief congressional negotiator, Marc Short, when he gave a rather disingenuous response to a question about Donald Trump's cohort's racist ad.
Chuck Todd did not let the president's chief congressional negotiator get away with misinforming about Trump's complicity in the racist shutdown ad.
Chuck Todd Rips Trump's Spox
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Here is the transcript.
Marc Short: We want to solve DACA. We recognize that these are people aged between 16 and 36 who have work permits. They wouldn't get those work permits unless they had a clean legal record. They're productive to our society. We want to solve that too. We're not on a different page on that.
Chuck Todd: All right, you're taking a very conciliatory tone this morning. I want to play an ad that you guys unveiled last night.
[VIDEOTAPE] Voice Over: It's pure evil. President Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.
Chuck Todd: Tell me how that helps negotiations today? You're calling Democrats accomplices to potential murders.
Marc Short: Well, you know that that ad is produced by an outside group and not those of us in the White--
Chuck Todd: Donald J. Trump for president is an outside--
Marc Short: Hold on.
Chuck Todd: --group?
Marc Short: Let me talk about--
Chuck Todd: Wait, Donald J. Trump for president is an outside group?
Marc Short: It’s not done--it's done from a political organization. It's not done, from people working inside the White House. But let me talk about the basis of that ad. Today what we have is we have over 2,500 people on a terror watch list trying to get into our country each and every day. Each and every -- I'm sorry, each year. That's about seven per day, Chuck, that are being apprehended or turned away. We want to solve the problem of immigration coming in and the threat that it poses to our country. I think that that's a natural debate that we should be having. It's not something we should say, "Hey, let's do this at some other point in time."
Chuck Todd: But if you want to solve this problem, is that a way to treat opponents, political opponents here?
Marc Short: Chuck, I--
Chuck Todd: Is that ad -- let me ask you this, is that ad helpful to you today?
Marc Short: I think it's helpful to continue to raise awareness of what the--
Chuck Todd: The tone of that ad, you find the tone of that ad helpful?
Marc Short: I think that the data in that ad, continues to remind people that there are people coming across--
Chuck Todd: The data, not tone.
Marc Short: --our border--
Chuck Todd: Is the tone wrong?
Marc Short: I'm telling you, the data of the ad shows that there are people coming across our border that pose threats to our country. Yes.
While Marc Short tried to distance the Trump administration from the ad, he pretty much implied that the administration agrees with it. Worse, it is clear he failed to see it as a racist ad of the likes of Bush 1's Willie Horton ad.
Democrats better up their game. Donald Trump and his cohort know how to cater to the worse in Americans. And they have started. They will continue to use the angst of Americans to further divide. They will pit dreamers against "Americans," CHIP recipients.
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