There’s your standard gaslighting and then there is the Biden White House’s gaslighting, which many in the administration have turned into an art form as we’ve seen just in the last 24 hours alone.
First, it was White House press secretary Jen Psaki responding to questions from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy about why there was a different standard for foreign nationals traveling to the United States and illegal immigrants crossing the southern border into the United States in terms of requiring proof of a recent negative COVID test as well as proof of full vaccination status.
Foreign nationals are now required to have both to gain entry into the country while the migrants surging across the southern border are treated much differently, with no such standard. Here’s how Psaki responded:
“As individuals come across the border, they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms, the intention is for them to have to be quarantined,” Psaki said, referring to migrants crossing into the U.S. “That is our process.”
When pressed further, Psaki said the situations could not be compared.
“They are not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the same thing. It is not the same thing.”
Then later there was DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas proclaiming as the cameras rolled that “our borders are not open.” If the situation weren’t so deadly serious and dire, it would be a laughable claim, but it’s not funny at all, and the videos taken over the last several days prove the point, with the humanitarian crisis growing by the hour.
Bill Melugin, a Fox News reporter who has been on the ground reporting live on the deteriorating situation at the border for weeks now, heard about the statements from Psaki and Mayorkas and fact-checked them both on Twitter and in various live segments on the network:
Reporter pushes back on Mayorkas’ assertion that the border is not open:
“When Secretary Mayorkas said, once again, that the border is closed, I can tell you that is a tough pill for border agents to swallow. They talk to us off the record and they roll their eyes.” pic.twitter.com/OCtzHr93qz
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 20, 2021
MacCallum: “And no Covid testing going on down there, right, Bill?
Melugin: “Nope. Nope. No vaccine mandates, no Covid testing.” pic.twitter.com/7HGKRMwpyu
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 20, 2021
.@pdoocy asks Jen Psaki if illegal immigrants are being asked for their proof of vaccination when they cross into the US. (They aren’t).
She says it’s not comparable because they aren’t planning to stay long & are being expelled.
Not always. Tens of thousands have been released.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 20, 2021
Townhall.com senior writer Julio Rosas has also done extensive on-the-scene reporting from the border, and shared this video of him questioning Mayorkas and Mayorkas dodging the question:
I asked Sec. Mayorkas if he will publicly admit the situation at the border is a crisis since he was recorded last month privately admitting there is a crisis and it’s unsustainable.
He did not, instead saying DHS is focused on “meeting the challenge.” pic.twitter.com/TmYoxUaqsM
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 20, 2021
Melugin’s response to Mayorkas remarks to Rosas? “Unbelievable.”
Who are you going to believe? Guys who have all but literally been embedded with illegal immigrants and border patrol agents day and night for months now oftentimes under very dangerous conditions or an administration that would rather gaslight than give some much-needed straight talk? I know which ones I’ll trust.
Related/Flashback: Reporter Blows White House Script on Release of COVID-Positive Migrants Right out of the Water
Originally Posted on: https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/20/watch-fox-news-reporter-bill-melugin-busts-mayorkas-psaki-big-time-on-ridiculous-border-claims-n445823