Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders insisted he would not shut down the border in order to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
He made the comments during a town hall hosted by Fox News.
President Trump has touted his early efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in the United States by declaring a public health emergency in January and imposing travel restrictions from China.
When asked by host Bret Baier if he would consider similar steps or even going a step further to keep the American people safe, Sanders admitted he would not.Could not load the poll.
Open Borders Insanity
“If you had to, if you had to, would you close down the borders?” Baier asked during the town hall.
“No,” Sanders replied. “I mean, what you don’t want to do right now — we have a president who has propagated a xenophobic, anti-immigrant sentiment from before he was elected.”
What that false assertion has to do with restricting access to people who might have been infected with the coronavirus is anybody’s guess.
In a sane world, refusing to close the borders to head off a possible health crisis would be disqualifying for a presidential candidate.
.@BretBaier asks about dealing with Coronavirus: “If you had to, would you close down the borders?”
Bernie: “No.. we have a President who has propagated a xenophobic, anti-immigrant sentiment from before he was elected.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 9, 2020
Continues to Portray Border Security as Racist
Sanders insisted he would take a more scientific approach in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
“What we need to do is have the scientists take a hard look at what we need to do,” he suggested. “There are communities where the virus is spreading. What does that mean? It may mean self-quarantining. It may be not having public assemblies.”
What if it means shutting down the border and ports of entry temporarily?
“Let’s not go back to the same old thing,” the Vermont senator continued. “Isn’t it interesting that a president who has been demagoguing and demonizing immigrants, the first thing that he could think about is closing down the border?”
What’s interesting is that, like a programmed robot curmudgeon, Sanders’ first response to everything is ‘keep the borders open.’ Let travel from any country flow freely. Even at the expense of the American people and their safety.
Bernie Would Have Allowed Coronavirus to Spread
Over a month ago, while Democrats and the media were consumed with the impeachment charade, President Trump took decisive action to combat Coronavirus.
He established a Coronavirus Task Force and suspended all travel from China while establishing a quarantine effort.
Sanders believes such actions are racially motivated, an absurdity at best.
“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low,” President Trump said.
With the media panicking over the cases that have been reported thus far, imagine how bad things would have been if Trump followed Bernie’s advice and refused to enact some form of travel restrictions.
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