President Barack Obama's refusal to visit the U.S.-Texas border, followed by a beer drinking, pool-shooting session with the governor of Colorado, proves the commander-in-chief has no soul, veteran GOP political consultant Mary Matalin says.
"I've known and have worked with … many politicians and they have a soul. I keep looking for this man's soul and I can't find it. '' Matalin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Thursday on Newsmax TV
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"He has no empathy. There's no understanding. It's just, everything's a celebration of him or some self-consciousness-raising of him.
"It's just like he's always laughing and beering around … I don't understand it.''
Matalin says she has heard Obama's refusal to visit the border being compared to President George W. Bush's slow response to the devastation in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina.
"For the politicians [and] pundits who are saying this is Obama's Katrina, let me tell you something about his soul: to this day, George W. Bush and Laura Bush are still very, although quietly, very, very involved in the recovery of New Orleans and surrounding areas,'' Matalin said.
"[Obama] cares about nothing and this is so immoral … [He] offers nothing but perverse incentives like legal aid for these illegals or humanitarian aid …
"He wants chaos at the borders and it's hard for us to analyze why a president would initiate and sanction and incentivize such chaos. That's exactly what it is and what he's seeking to do.''
Mary Matalin — who was campaign director for President George H. W. Bush, former assistant to President George W. Bush, and former chief counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney — said she fears for the children who are now being warehoused at the border.
"What do you think is going to happen to these kids? Do you really think they're going to be reunited with families? Do you think they're going to be sold into sex trafficking or they're going to be used for drug mules?'' she asked.
"Who's going to take care of these kids? Who's going to place them? … I cannot think of a worse crisis for any children anywhere in the world including our own when these unvaccinated and sick children make their way across the country. It's a humanitarian threat to us, to us it's a health threat to us.''
Matalin said she approved of the choice of Cleveland, Ohio, for the next GOP presidential convention.
"You and I would agree that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [in Cleveland] is one badass place. I love it,'' she said.
"Ohio's a good place to do it … Of course, I would always be an advocate for all conventions to come to New Orleans. There's nothing like drive-thru daiquiri places all over the city to encourage a fun time for any kind of event.''
On the subject of the ongoing IRS tea party-targeting scandal, and the IRS' supposed loss of key emails written by former agency official Lois Lerner, Matalin said:
"The level of corruption here far transcends Lois Lerner. It is corrupt at the highest levels.''
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