Yesterday, CNN’s Jim Acosta and Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller feuded at a White House press conference.
Acosta asked about the nation’s policy changes when it comes to immigration, specifically requirements that Acosta says violate the Statue of Liberty’s poem – which Acosta says the poem represents America’s historical standing immigration policy.
Miller then took Acosta to school.
Conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh loved the exchanged:
Having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have. El Rushbo illustrating one of the most important, paramount teachable moments in the history of the EIB Network.
Here’s Jim Acosta at CNN. By the way, Jim Acosta, after having been humiliated by Stephen Miller, after having been exposed as an idiot, as an uneducated, maleducated putz, has continued to tweet the last 24 hours total error-filled disinformation about the Statue of Liberty and how Trump’s immigration policy is basically an attack on the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty has nothing to do with immigration, folks. It had nothing to do with immigration. The Emma Lazarus poem did not appear on the pedestal for years and years and years after the Statue of Liberty was deployed in New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty does not point to the United States. The Statue of Liberty points outward, away from the United States. It is a beacon of liberty and freedom for the rest of the world. It has nothing to do with immigration.
But that Emma Lazarus poem has been taught as U.S. immigration policy: “Give me your tired, give me your thirsty, give me your hungry, give me your poor, give me your transgendered,” throw that in there. Give me everybody who’s a victim of the evil in the world and the United States will take them. That’s not immigration policy. That’s not what the poem was meant to do.
The poem and the Statue of Liberty are two separate entities. They were not created together, never intended to be deployed together. It is one of the most egregious examples of disinformation that is being taught throughout the American education system today. And one of the primary victims of this miseducation is Jim Acosta, who is a reporter at CNN.
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Limbaugh shares the historical meaning of the Statue:
The Statue of Liberty was never meant to be a symbol of immigration. It was meant to be a symbol of liberty and freedom. The Statue of Liberty as designed and constructed had nothing to do with what Emma Lazarus wrote, and it’s another distortion of the left to suggest that this country was founded for the express purpose of taking anybody, anywhere, any planet, any country, who wanted to come into the country, under the guise that they were poor, they were huddled, they were hungry, they were thirsty.
It was not about immigration at all. It was about liberty. We don’t call it the Statue of Immigration. We call it the Statue of Liberty. It was dedicated October 28th, 1886. It is a monument commemorating the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Nothing to do with immigration. It commemorated the Declaration of Independence. The French did it. So profound did everyone in the world think the Declaration was, and in fact Abraham Lincoln often gave it more weight than the Constitution itself in terms of its deep meaning. Lady Liberty is stepping forward. She is meant to be carrying the torch of liberty from the United States to the rest of the world. The torch is not to light the way to the United States. It is to light the way to liberty to the rest of the world. Lady Liberty is carrying the light of liberty to the rest of the world. It is not a beacon for immigrants to get to this country because they’re tired, they’re poor, they’re huddled, hungry, or thirsty.
It was a contest, for crying out loud! It was not immigration policy. It never has been immigration policy. The left converted it to that because it satisfied their needs. But the poem, if you read the whole thing — which I’m not gonna do here — it’s only partially about accepting people into the country. It’s mostly about how we are a beacon of freedom, which is all the Statue of Liberty was intended to be. It had nothing to do with immigration!
From the moment it was designed to the moment it was sculpted to the moment it was shipped and delivered, it had nothing to do with immigration. It has, today, nothing to do with immigration policy. And yet here’s an entire — an entire — United States White House press corps and probably everybody else in the media who is totally ignorant of it. And how about the idea that the media now sees fit to conduct debates with briefers in the Trump press briefing room? The press has become — this is not news — a bunch of activists.
Limbaugh laments the “ignorance” shown in the presser by Acosta is “paralyzing” the nation:
So, as I’ve told you, there isn’t any news. They’re not looking for news. These people are looking to destroy anything other than their agenda. But aside from the politics of this, folks, in the real world this ignorance — or if you don’t want to accept that it’s ignorance, this bias. Whatever you want to call it, it is paralyzing us. I cannot make this point too much. I can’t pound it too often. It is paralyzing us. This legislation probably doesn’t stand a chance.
It doesn’t stand a chance in Congress because there’s so much ignorance — and there has been so much misinformation and disinformation — that it’s gonna be very easy to characterize this as a discriminating, mean-spirited piece of legislation, when in fact it is the exact opposite! It is to benefit the United States of America. It is to benefit the people that we decide to let in and become citizens, and that is totally up to us. It isn’t an entitlement program. It’s not about benefits to anybody. It’s about how you earn the ability to come to and stay in the United States.
It is the antithesis of an entitlement.
But I fear it doesn’t have a prayer. This little debate in the White House press corps yesterday is enough to scare off your typical member of Congress who would rather not take the time — as I have here — to explain how false and erroneous this argument is.
Here’s the exchange Limbaugh is referencing: