In a lively interview with CNN's
Erin Burnett on Wednesday, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said he doesn't believe anything President Barack Obama says.
Burnett asked Priebus about Obama's press conference earlier in the day, in which he said he is "not going to just wait" for the new GOP congressional majority to take action on immigration reform, and she asked whether Republicans would pass an immigration bill or allow Obama to sign an executive order, which they say they oppose.
"I don't believe a thing he says," Priebus said. "He's been talking about immigration reform for seven years, so you're using his words as if they actually mean something, and asking me to respond to it."
Obama, Priebus said, has been talking about immigration reform since he was first elected in 2008 and had 60 votes in the Senate and a Democratic majority in the House.
"All he's been doing for the last year is lying to Hispanic voters across the country," he said, noting that Obama said he would sign "executive amnesty" before the end of the summer. But when "people went crazy," he put it off until after the midterms, angering both amnesty supporters and detractors.
"The only thing he has done is unify the country against his immigration policy," Priebus said.
Burnett asked why Priebus wasn't putting forth a tone of, "Let's do a fresh start and work together."
Priebus was having none of it.
"After the American people repudiated the policies of Barack Obama and everyone that was connected to him, to now say, 'Well, what are you guys going to do to compromise with the person the American people had just repudiated?' I think it's a little bizarre," he said.
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