- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mark Morgan, who was chief of the U.S. Border Patrol during the Obama administration, went public with his support for President Trump’s plans for border security a full four months ago. Mr. Trump revealed Sunday that he has picked Mr. Morgan to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Whether his Senate confirmation is delayed by opposing lawmakers remains to be seen. What matters now, however, is what Mr. Morgan initially said that resonated with the president. Clarity counted. Mr. Morgan simply supported everything.

“We need to do it all, including the wall,” he told the Law & Crime Network on Jan. 7.

“I’m here today breaking my silence to tell the American people that the president is correct in what he’s doing. The wall works. I’m doing this on my own for one reason. I’m a patriot,” Mr. Morgan said during an appearance on the subscription-based network that day.

He immediately reaffirmed his beliefs in interviews with Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Neil Cavuto.

“The wall works. This is based on historical data and facts that can be proven,” Mr. Morgan told Mr. Carlson, citing the Secure Fence Act of 2006 — legislation which authorized and partially funded construction of 700 miles of barriers along the Mexican border, and was approved by then-Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, now Senate minority leader, and ultimately passed in the Senate by a vote of 80 to 19.



“I agree 100% with what the president is trying to do with all things related to border security,” Mr. Morgan said in an interview with Mr. Cavuto in January.

“This is not based on political ideology. It is based on 30 years of governmental service. I am telling you this is a national security and humanitarian crisis on the southwest border,” he said. Mr. Morgan advised the public to investigate for themselves that the “same language” Mr. Trump uses about the need for the wall and increased security was used by politicians on both sides of the aisle in the past.

He deemed contemporary arguments against the wall “absurd,” affirming that a long-standing security strategy of infrastructure, technology and personnel — a multilayered approach which includes a wall — is viable, and still works.

So that was the reasoning Mr. Trump noticed 117 days ago.

WHOOPS: KAVANAUGH WINS

Senate Democrats abruptly have deleted a tweet from their Twitter account, which perhaps yielded a teachable moment.

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee posted an online poll asking: “Do you want more Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg or do you want more justices like Brett Kavanaugh?”

Close to 20,000 voted, revealing that 70% preferred Justice Kavanaugh, 30% preferred Justice Ginsburg.

“Twitter obviously isn’t a scientific poll, and the only poll that truly matters regarding the approval of SCOTUS Justices is the vote of the membership of the Senate at the time, This entire debacle well illustrates the power of the nation’s highest court in motivating voters on both sides, but especially the right,” wrote RedState.com analyst Sarah Rumpf, who followed the short-lived survey from beginning to demise.

‘RELIGIOUS PRACTITIONERS AND SECURITY EXPERTS’

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican and lead GOPer on said committee, have joined forces to respond to “despicable attacks” on religious organizations. The pair are now asking acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to create a subcommittee to up the ante on the violence. The committee already has a half dozen subcommittees that address border security, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity and counter terrorism, among other things.

The two lawmakers applauded existing efforts meant to bolster communications, training, and security for religious institutions in the U.S.

“While we support these ongoing efforts, much more remains to be done. As part of that effort, we urge you to establish a Homeland Security Advisory Council Subcommittee focused on threats to religious institutions. It is essential that the department convene a group of religious practitioners and security experts to assess current and emerging threats, information sharing protocols, and the effectiveness of ongoing Departmental programs,” the pair said in a letter to Mr. McAleenan.

Speed and efficiency appear to be a factor in their plans.

The proposed council, they say, would be “uniquely designed to quickly bring together experts to provide information and recommendations to homeland security leadership.”

IT’S ALL IN THE NUMBERS

That’s show biz, perhaps.

“Tickets to the latest stop on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s speaking tour were going for as little as $20 on the secondary market as their 13-city adventure continued to struggle to find an audience,” writes New York Post analyst Mary Kay Linge, who also noted that ticket prices for the couple’s appearance in Seattle on Friday have fallen by as much as 54%.

The national tour had advised patrons they would enjoy “a one-of-a-kind conversation with two individuals who have helped shape our world and had a front seat to some of the most important moments in modern history.”

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel’s digital outreach has hit a milestone, marking its strongest quarter in its history with 4.6 billion page views — up 56% compared to the same time last year according to Comscore, an industry source.

For the month of March alone, Fox News drew 104.6 million in monthly unique visitors — surpassing CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News. In addition, for the 19th month in a row, Fox News was the most engaged news brand on social media with 139 million interactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram according to Socialbakers and Shareablee, also industry sources.

“We are consistently number one in the ratings and now we are increasingly dominating the digital space as well,” notes Porter Berry, digital editor in chief for the network, which has bested news rivals CNN and MSNBC in audience numbers for 17 years, according to Nielson media Research.

POLL DU JOUR

35% of Americans consider themselves to be moderate in their “approach to issues.”

19% say they are “very conservative” about the issues; 17% say they are “somewhat conservative.”

16% say they are “somewhat liberal”; 10% say they are “very liberal.”

3% are unsure about their ideology.

Source: AN NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 900 U.S. adults conducted April 28-May 1.

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