On Chris Cuomo’s CNN program this week, professional Trump shade-thrower Ana Navarro got into a heated debate with Trump supporter Steve Cortes over immigration. Much of the discussion was a shouty mess, and the seriousness of the exchange was made clear early on when Navarro pulled out her nail file to help illustrate her antipathy toward a weak point made by Donald Trump, Jr. about the efficacy of walls. “Nice prop,” Cuomo remarked.
As the discussion progressed, the topic shifted to crime rates among immigrants. Cortes dubiously claimed there is “conflicting” data on whether immigrants (as an aside, I detest the conflation of legal and illegal immigrants) commit more per capita crimes than native born Americans (the consensus I’ve seen is that this pro-immigrant statistic is accurate), but went on to correctly say that any crime committed by someone who entered the United States illegally is a problem. “The illegal crime rate should be zero,” he said, just as Navarro sighed heavily and filed her nails on camera. Skip ahead to the 8:45 mark and let it roll:
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