Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that a deal could not be made with President Donald Trump to reopen the government because his real secret goal was to clear the U.S. of all immigrants and people of color.
Jayapal enthusiastically agreed to Hayes' claims about Trump's true goal for the border wall while referring to a statement made about "white supremacy" by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
"Donald Trump is at the border," said Hayes, "and shutting down the government over this entirely ridiculous enterprise because he almost certainly correctly thinks his political fortunes are dependent on the Steve Kings of the world and the people who love him."
"People animated by bigotry and fear," Hayes continued, "people who have come to view their identity as existentially under threat from desperate Honduran moms in flip flops.
"He actually could have gotten funding a couple of years ago," she explained, "or a year ago, for a wall, it was part of a deal that was proposed, not all of us agreed with that deal, but it was proposed to him and he turned it down because his ultimate goal, as you said, to make America pure in the sense of not having immigrants, not having folks of color here, and shutting down every form of legal immigration."
I joined @allinwithchris to discuss the border wall. Trump has never been interested in being a president for the whole country. People of color and immigrants know this too well.
His wall was never about policy: it has always about Trump's efforts to lead a more "pure" America. pic.twitter.com/lUdgVIQVzG
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 11, 2019