Panel Erupts into Laughter as Top Trump Surrogate Struggles to Defend Immigration Flip-Flop (Video)

While I consider myself someone who understands politics fairly well, for the life of me I don’t get how Katrina Pierson has remained as one of Donald Trump’s top spokespeople. I could understand if she were simply some random supporter who did interviews once in a while. But she’s not just some random supporter — she’s one of his top surrogates. She’s easily one of the most recognizable individuals associated with his campaign.

That’s fairly astonishing considering she is an absolute imbecile.

During many of her interviews you can tell the person questioning her is struggling to take her seriously. I’ve seen several instances where the interview was cut short due to the absurdity of the answers Pierson was giving.

Well, on Thursday, things got a little more embarrassing for Trump’s top spokesperson during a CNN panel discussion about his immigration policy. The Democratic and Republican guests who appeared alongside Pierson each erupted into laughter as she insisted that her candidate’s stance on immigration hasn’t changed — even though it most certainly has.

After being pressed by CNN’s Erica Hill over Trump’s comments he made during an interview with Sean Hannity where he said he was open to allowing illegal immigrants who’ve been here and are in good standing to stay (aka amnesty), signaling a massive shift from his earlier comments on mass deportations, Pierson insisted that nothing about his policy has changed.

“He hasn’t changed his position. He has changed the words that he is saying,” Pierson stated. “What he has always said from the beginning — that he does not want to allow people to stay in this country illegally. He does want to build the wall.. and that’s exactly what he said from the beginning.”

“Katrina, he has said get them out,” Hill responded “He’s been very clear about his position. This is a change, this is a shift, a flip-flop, it’s an evolution, whatever words you want to use.”

“No, Erica, it is how that’s being discussed now,” Pierson responded. “He said if they’re here illegally, they’ll have to go.”

Except, that’s not what Trump said during his interview with Hannity:

So you have somebody who’s been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, and everything else. Do we take him and the family and her and him or whatever and send him out?

While he didn’t flat-out say it, that’s Trump stating that he’s open to the idea of amnesty, which is most definitely a different stance than he had earlier in his campaign:

Scott Pelley: Eleven, 12 million illegal immigrants–

Donald Trump: Or whatever the number is.

Scott Pelley: Still in the country, what do you do?

Donald Trump: If they’ve done well they’re going out and they’re coming back in legally. Because you said it—-

Scott Pelley: You’re rounding them all up?

Donald Trump: We’re rounding ’em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they’re going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn’t sound nice. But not everything is nice.

Scott Pelley: It doesn’t sound practical.

Donald Trump: It is practical. It’s going to work. They have to come here legally. And you know, when I talk about the wall, and I said it before, we’re going to have a tremendous, beautiful, wide-open door. Nice big door. We want people to come into the country.

Katrina Pierson and every other Trump supporter can deny it all they want, but Trump’s comments to Hannity this week are completely different from what he’s been saying for his entire campaign. He’s gone from deporting everyone to now saying it wouldn’t make any sense to deport people who’ve been here for a while and have been productive members of their community. Which is just another way to say he’s now open to the idea of amnesty — something he bashed Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for during the primary.

How Pierson is still allowed to represent Trump’s campaign is mind-boggling. Nearly every time she gives an interview it’s a disaster. It’s really bad when professional journalists and analysts, who’ve been covering politics for years, are laughing at the top spokesperson for a presidential candidate because she’s so woefully incompetent.

Watch the segment below via CNN:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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