Once again, the liberal media and 2020 Democrats have become indistinguishable. CNN host Chris Cuomo began his closing argument Tuesday night by using a line frequently used by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: “This is a contest for the soul of our country.” Cuomo’s declaration headlined a monologue devoted to trashing President Trump’s immigration policies.
After channeling his inner Joe Biden, Cuomo declared that “this President represents a new harshness” and proceeded to play clips of President Trump designed to make the audience think he’s a racist.
According to Cuomo, “he’s more than just wrong in the head, he’s really wrong in the heart. America has always represented respect for law but not at the cost of our humanity; not by doing what Trump wants to do to the needy.”
At that point, Cuomo played an audio clip of a 16-year-old boy from Honduras receiving treatment for cystic fibrosis in the United States. Crying, the boy said that if he had to go back home, “I’ll probably die, because in my country, there is no treatment for CF. Doctors don’t even know what’s the disease. The only ones who can help me are here in the United States.”
This was hardly the first time the media have used videos of crying migrant children as emotional blackmail. Earlier this month, when the Trump administration conducted raids of Mississippi food processing plants employing illegal immigrants, the media used a video of a crying migrant girl whose father was arrested in an effort to shame the administration for daring to conduct interior enforcement.
Cuomo used the video of the crying migrant children as a precursor to complain about the Trump administration’s decision to end the medical deferred action program; which allows non-citizens to receive work permits and Medicaid as their relatives receive treatments at United States hospitals. While acknowledging that the Trump administration has said “ICE is going to look at each case now individually,” Cuomo still trashed the decision as “a huge blow to who we are.”
Ramping up the virtue-signaling, 'Fredo' read aloud an excerpt from his favorite poem, The New Colossus (you know, the one that's being treated like that's the real U.S. Constitution). Before reading the excerpt, Cuomo used a phrase frequently used by religious leaders: “Remember these words, my brothers and sisters. It’s not just a poem.” Eye roll.
As he finished, Cuomo proclaimed “the bigger problem with this policy is that it’s proof they don’t know where the heart of this country lies.” Cuomo asked the audience “what do you want your country to be about?” He apparently wants the country to be about letting everyone in the world come and stay in the country indefinitely without any preconditions or strings attached.
A transcript of the relevant portion of Tuesday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time is below. Click “expand” to read more.
CNN's Cuomo Prime Time
CHRIS CUOMO: Breaks my heart. But we have another profound example of what this election is really about. This is a contest for the soul of our country. This President represents a new harshness.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP: They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: You have many criminals in that caravan.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Because you look at what’s marching up, that’s an invasion, that’s not…that’s an invasion.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: They got a lot of rough people in those caravans. They are not angels. They are not.
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CUOMO: It was wrong on the facts, and he knew it. This administration was forced to admit that it’s mostly kids coming in those caravans; families, kids, not the terrorists and thugs that this President wanted you to see every time you saw a face like this. But he’s more than just wrong in the head. He’s really wrong in the heart. America has always represented respect for law, but not at the cost of our humanity, not by doing what Trump wants to do to the needy; like this kid, 16-year old Jonathan Sanchez.
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JONATHAN SANCHEZ: If they deny the program, then I need to go back to my country, and I’ll probably die, because in my country, there is no treatment for CF. Doctors don’t even know what’s the disease. The only ones who can help me are here in the United States.
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CUOMO: We are better than this. This kid’s from Honduras. He came to Boston in 2016, so he could be treated at the Children’s Hospital. They’re one of the best in the world; for cystic fibrosis. His family made the move after Jonathan’s older sister died of the same disease in Honduras. The Sanchezes are not here illegally. They’re here legally. They were granted medical deferred action; small program, allows families to stay and work, receive Medicaid during treatment. Why do they get this? Because that’s what America is in this world. We help. We are the visible symbol of aspiration and faith. We are the white plume saying the way is up. E. B. White was inspired by who America is at her best. This President wants to change that. The Sanchezes and others got letters last week from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The letters said no more renewals. They’re not authorized to stay here. 33 days to get out or become undocumented. When attacked for the heartlessness, the Trump administration pushed back; saying “No, no, no, ICE is going to look at each case now individually.” If that’s true, why wasn’t that on the letter that the families got? The Boston Globe reports that in just its city, the decision could affect about 20 families; kids fighting cancer, HIV, cerebral palsy, more. Only like a thousand families have applied for this medical deferral in the last few years, and that’s my argument to you. This isn’t about scale. You don’t have millions. You’re not going to make a dent in the numbers of those that this President is dying to throw out of our country. But it is a huge blow to who we are. Remember these words, my brothers and sisters. It’s not just a poem. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” We were built by those who were cast off and ran away, those with nowhere else to go, and often no one wanted them. It is personal to me. It should be to you, as well. These are not just words. They’re a promise. But listen to what this administration wants that promise to be.
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STEPHEN MILLER: The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty enlightening the world. It’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to, it was added later. It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.
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CUOMO: What the hell is he talking about, Stephen Miller? Emma Lazarus wrote the poem in 1883 to help raise money for the pedestal that the statue is on. It happened three years before the statue went up. Look, nobody’s accusing them of having a great grasp of the facts. But the bigger problem with this policy is that it’s proof that they don’t know where the heart of this country lies. And that is the question for this election. What do you want your country to be about? The decision is yours.