Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News on Monday that President Joe Biden’s administration placed Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the border "because they knew she wouldn’t do anything."
Gingrich claimed in an interview with Fox & Friends that "if you look at a piece of history, sometimes the obvious is accurate. They wanted Harris to be in charge of the border because they knew she wouldn’t do anything. This is not a mistake; this is why they refuse to call it a crisis."
He went on to accuse Democrats of wanting the border to be open.
"Go back and look at the presidential primary debates. They are all in favor of open borders. They are all in favor of eliminating ICE. They are all in favor of eliminating any threat to sanctuary cities.
“So from their perspective, the next 10-15,000 people [who come in] are good because it further increases the number of illegal immigrants in the United States, which is what they want.”
Gingrich later said, “Of course, it’s working. What if your goal was to have the maximum number of illegal people in the United States? How would you do better than Biden?”
Media Matters researcher Bobby Lewis tweeted a clip of Gingrich’s interview with the comment, “Fox & Friends flirts with the Great Replacement, a white supremacist conspiracy theory.”
The former House Speaker seemed to echo Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who recently came under fire for his comments about Democrats “trying to replace the current electorate” with immigrants.
Carlson said last week: “I know that the left, and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,' if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate — the voters now casting ballots — with new people, more obedient voters from the third world."
He later added, "In a democracy one person equals one vote, if you change the population you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So, every time they import a new voter I become disenfranchised as a current voter.
"Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it, 'Oh Great Replacement theory.' No, no, no, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?"
The Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt ripped Carlson’s comments as “not just a dog whistle to racists - it was a bullhorn,” and said, “this is not legitimate political discourse. It is dangerous race-baiting, extreme rhetoric."
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