Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones explained that Democrats were comparing the treatment of immigrants at the Southern border to slavery in order to “gaslight black Americans" Sunday on "Life, Liberty & Levin."
Jones described to host Mark Levin how Democrats were continually using a misleading image to suggest falsely that a border patrol agent was whipping a Haitian immigrant, in order to elicit emotional reactions from African-Americans.
“As a black American, you hear the word ‘whip,’ you hear the word a 'horse' chasing down a black person, you hear the words of ‘you’re not welcome in this country,’ right? They were trying to gaslight from an emotional standpoint because when black people see that and hear that in their mind, they have a visceral reaction to that."
Jones argued Democrats were using this photo and reactions as a smoke screen to divert Americans’ attention away from the crisis at the border.
Below is a transcript from Life, Liberty & Levin Sunday night:
Mark Levin: “You’ve been on the border, you see what’s going on at the border, America sees it and they find it repulsive. And Maxine Waters basically said that those men on horseback, who were not whipping anybody -- even the gentleman who took the photos said they weren’t whipping anybody -- she said this reminds her of slavery; that was her focus.
“What’s going on on the border; what’s your take?”
Lawrence Jones: “Well, let’s first talk about Maxine Waters and what she had to say before we even get into the border patrol agent that was actually doing his job and following the training that was given to him, and I’ve seen this numerous amounts of times because I’ve been covering the border for five years, under the Trump Administration and now the Biden Administration.
“There is no way that you can compare this to slavery because the slaves didn’t come here willingly; they came here against their own will and never had the opportunity to fight for their own country. So, you just can’t compare the two.
“I don’t know where the Democrats are going with this; actually, I do know where they’re going with this which is why they keep playing this image over and over and over. They wanted to gaslight black Americans and I’ll tell you why.
“If you look at the tactic they use in this situation -- whip - they know what that does. Even me, as a black American, you hear the word ‘whip,’ you hear the word a 'horse' chasing down a black person, you hear the words of ‘you’re not welcome in this country,’ right? They were trying to gaslight from an emotional standpoint because when black people see that and hear that in their mind, they have a visceral reaction to that. So, what really happened there?
“First of all, the border patrol agent on the horseback, that wasn’t a whip. They don’t carry whips. It’s a split rein, and it's used to control the horses, the tactic that’s been used for years and years.
“Maybe I know this because I’ve covered the border and I’m a Texan and I know how to control a horse, but I think the Democrats know as well.
“Number two, no one got hit. No one got hit, even with the reins, but they knew that. But they put that out there for the public to see because they wanted people to be triggered emotionally.
“And number three, they weren’t telling the folks there they weren’t welcome because of the color of their skin; they were telling them they weren’t welcome to go through this path because they did not go through a port of entry to apply for asylum.
“That is the facts there, but they knew that. And what are we talking about right now? We’re talking about that incident because the Democrats wanted this to be the smoke. They wanted the smoke, the cover from the real crisis that’s happening at the border. And I think that’s quite disgusting, Mark.”
Levin: “And I think you’re quite right, and this constant race-baiting can only be destructive to this country. And in terms of the Biden policy, we don’t have a lot of time left, but this is intentional, isn’t it? People coming in here, we can talk about the technical terms about notice to reply, notice to attend, and all these other things, but basically thousands and thousands of Haitians, like thousands and thousands of people from countries south of the border are pouring into this country illegally.
“We know nothing about them, we don’t know if they have the virus; actually, we know many of them do. And this is obviously intended because President Trump showed how to shut it down and President Biden has absolutely no interest in shutting any of it down, does he?”
Jones: “No he doesn’t, and the border patrol can’t do their job. Let’s be clear, I just came from the border -- border patrol is not securing the border; they’re handling processing. It is the state of Texas, through the Texas State Troopers, that are there holding the line at the border.
“To be fair, Mark, the last defense of America right now, when it comes to its border, is the state of Texas because they’re the only ones that are handling the enforcement.
“The last thing I will say to the vice president, Kamala Harris, as well as to the president of the United States: If you really care about black people, why aren’t you covering the other stories that are happening in our community?
“I mean, I begged the national press to join me when there’s violence happening in our communities and the communities' begging for support. I’ve begged them to cover the broken education system but they choose the teacher’s union. I’ve begged them to cover the businesses that can’t do good business because government continues to put regulation and regulation on them.
“So, forgive me if I don’t take them seriously on this issue and them saying that they care, when they don’t even do it for black Americans that are in this country.”
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