Sally Kohn: ‘This is not a border crisis’

posted at 1:21 pm on July 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

This is odd.

In an appearance on CNN addressing the crisis at the southern border, CNN contributor and The Daily Beast columnist was asked about the “optics” of the president failing to go to the border to see the situation with his own eyes. While Kohn said that she would go to the border in between Democratic fundraisers if she were the president, but simultaneously suggested that to demand he do so – an increasingly frequent phenomenon on the left – represents a double standard.

That was not, however, the oddest of odd moments which occurred in this short segment. Seconds later, Kohn insisted that the border crisis was not a border crisis at all. In fact, she seemed believed that it could be more accurately labeled a bureaucratic crisis.

“This is not a border crisis,” Kohn said. “These kids are coming to the border, they’re getting stopped, the border’s working.”

“Republicans are trying to turn this into a narrative of ‘Oh, the border isn’t working,” she continued.

“They’re not slipping through holes on the border,” Kohn concluded. “It’s just not happening.”

That is a bizarrely unfounded position to hold, and it was one that New York Times’ conservative columnist Ross Douthat confoundingly did not push back against.

So, let’s turn to that beacon of conservative thought, Alexandra Pelosi, for a brief rebuttal. In her recent documentary, Pelosi chronicled how human traffickers move women and children to the border and hustle them over fences and walls with simple devices like ladders. This, it would seem, counters Kohn’s assertion that there are no “holes on the border.”

Moreover, Kohn’s claim that these people are being caught after crossing is also something Pelosi addressed in her documentary. In interviews with countless, desperate immigrants, she learned that most believe that they are finally safe when they are picked up by border enforcement authorities. Pelosi said, in fact, that most border crossers simply wait to be picked up after they have made it across, believing falsely that they will be processed and sent to California or Texas to integrate into American society.

“I worry, in all of this, that we could be facilitating human trafficking,” Pelosi fretted in a recent interview on MSNBC.

But one does not need to appeal to the empirical experience of Pelosi’s immigration documentary to rebut Kohn’s claim that the border is, in fact, secure. The logic of the fact that, as she conceded, America’s processing facilities are being overwhelmed by waves of illegal immigrants suggests they got here… somehow.

UPDATE: Kohn recently took to twitter to clarify her thought:

To which New York Post columnist Robert George replied:


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The only attractive liberal woman I can think of is Kirsten Powers. And she pales in comparison to Megyn Kelley.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

And she seems to often times regret being a liberal, so that may explain her attractiveness: She isn’t really one of them, she just hasn’t figured it out yet.

NotCoach on July 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Well, Libtardfromharvardfree might.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I doubt it – that one’s tastes go a different direction….

dentarthurdent on July 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The only attractive liberal woman I can think of is Kirsten Powers. And she pales in comparison to Megyn Kelley.

The DNC should put out a Democrat Swimsuit Calender and put Hildabeast and Chelsea on the cover. I bet it sells about as well as “Hard Choices”.

No one would ever become that way looking at the thing, that’s for sure.

Well, Libtardfromharvardfree might.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’ll bet Bmore could whip one up with folks in bikinis like… Harry Reid, Alan Grayson, Dick Durbin, Obama, Jay Carney, Chris Matthews, etc.

Hehe, sorry Bmore, I’ll stop ‘volunteering’ you for stuff. :)

Midas on July 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Pelosi said, in fact, that most border crossers simply wait to be picked up after they have made it across, believing falsely that they will be processed and sent to California or Texas to integrate into American society.

Why is that false? That’s essentially what has happened prior to now. It’s very likely that the current UAC detainees will be released eventually as well.

Missy on July 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Who’s the dude? Looks like an extra for “Grease 2.”

Good Solid B-Plus on July 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Those people are typically from the Middle East or from China,” said Lynch, who predicts the people waltzing into the country will perpetrate an attack on the U.S. that will rival or exceed Sept. 11.

Just think 9/11 ten-fold or more, coupled with massive outbreaks of once eradicated diseases, creating a a crisis of epic proportion, cultural and economic meltdown. We are headed toward widespread unrest, turmoil and revolt, leading to the inevitable martial law. Yup. It is coming. Obumble’s fundamental and radical transformation of our Republic is upon us as we write.

Okay, conspiracy mode off.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Stop raggin’ on her looks, boys, and think how GRATEFUL she’d be.
Assuming she dates men.

I’d say she’s a two-bagger, but I’m a gracious judge.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The only attractive liberal woman I can think of is Kirsten Powers. And she pales in comparison to Megyn Kelley.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I wouldn’t say that Kirsten “pales” compared to Megyn. Not even close. In fact, in some respects, Megyn is more attractive in an every girl kind of way.

HiJack on July 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Stop raggin’ on her looks, boys, and think how GRATEFUL she’d be.
Assuming she dates men.

I’d say she’s a two-bagger, but I’m a gracious judge.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I use the “beer scale” for such calculations. And in this case, it is impossible. I’d be unconscious long before I’d be drunk enough to shag that.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

brain dead parrot of a floundering administration’s lies and half truths.

Credibility…nil.

GrassMudHorsey on July 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Sally, here’s a thought experiment for you. If your beloved Soviet Union found 300,000 people massing on their border with scabies, lice and gang tattoos, what would Vlad do?

vityas on July 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

The Big Dig.

What do I win?!

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Geez, this is the biggest myth. He voted for obama, twice.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Twice? Really? I thought maybe only once. Sheesh.

Missy on July 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Geez, this is the biggest myth. He voted for obama, twice.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Twice? Really? I thought maybe only once. Sheesh.

Missy on July 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

That is nothing. The true believers voted for Teh Won many more times than twice.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Analysis of the Supplemental Budget Request ($3.7 billion request for ‘border security’) A peek at what’s behind the White House’s border “surge”:

http://cis.org/supplemental-budget-request-analysis

(h/t National Review Corner)

LilyBart on July 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

The true believers voted for Teh Won many more times than twice.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Also a lot of true believers that let others do the voting for them.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

That is nothing. The true believers voted for Teh Won many more times than twice.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I know. But Douthat pretends to be vaguely conservative or something, not a true believer. He’s a squish but even most of the squishes weren’t that stupid in 2012.

Missy on July 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

And she seems to often times regret being a liberal, so that may explain her attractiveness: She isn’t really one of them, she just hasn’t figured it out yet.

NotCoach on July 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Dude!! What are you smoking? She looks like Jay Leno. It’s like that episode of Seinfeld with the She-Jerry.

abobo on July 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I really don’t care what these people look like. We can have a lively discussion about their ideas. I mean…are you people going to have a debate about whether Joe Scarborough or Bret Baier is hotter?

bmmg39 on July 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I still think Sandra Fluke is kinda cute, though.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Well we know she puts out a lot; maybe it’s that.

Kensington on July 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Dude!! What are you smoking? She looks like Jay Leno. It’s like that episode of Seinfeld with the She-Jerry.

abobo on July 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I don’t know what images of Kirsten Powers you have been looking at, but Jay Leno does not come to mind. Are you talking about Sally Kohn, whose image adorns this post?

NotCoach on July 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Who is Sally Kohn and why does she have …any…influence?

Buck Farky on July 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

It’s so weird. I feel like I was blissfully unaware of this person until she started getting shoved down my throat a few months back, and now she’s everywhere.

I think some of it is that she’s appeared on Fox News a few times, so everytime she says something stupid, the dummies can scream stuff like “Even FOX NEWS!!!1!! CONTRIBUTOR Sally Kohn thinks Republicans are being stoopid!!1!!”

Kensington on July 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I really don’t care what these people look like. We can have a lively discussion about their ideas. I mean…are you people going to have a debate about whether Joe Scarborough or Bret Baier is hotter?

bmmg39 on July 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

If I were a woman maybe I would.

NotCoach on July 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

SALLY IS A NUT

Rook on July 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

kohn is bizarre….hey sally, it is child endangerment and trafficking…..something your president should spend time in jail for….along with some other things…PS sally: Why the sad face, embrace the suck lefty……

crosshugger on July 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

So glad she is not o Fox any more….Can not stand her,..Lesbian liberal

Bullhead on July 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

That is nothing. The true believers voted for Teh Won many more times than twice.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Next election, I’m putting video cameras up in the cemetery to catch all the dead escaping their crypts to vote.

So many of them! Such dedication!

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Children: http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/539f4a2969bedd1748572bcc/sickening-photos-of-the-humanitarian-crisis-at-us-border-detention-centers.jpg

davidk on July 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

A lot of those folks don’t look like minors to me…

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The feds have found MS-13 signing in the “migrant” facilities and have confirmed that MS-13 members are among the “children”.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Not surprising to hear that from Sally, who is a complete idiot.

But it does prove beyond any doubt the conservative reservations that Douthat could be considered a “conservative voice” at NYT.

Unless there is such a thing as a “Jacob Javits conservative.”

Look it up.

Adjoran on July 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Seriously, why give this insignificant zero any attention. Why legitimize her even slightly? W/out her big butch lesbian gimmick she doesn’t publicly exist.

One32ndHekawi on July 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Do you really expect anything less from a lesbian?

nobama1267 on July 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

…abort them Sally!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Saw that pic and all I could think:

“YO, ADRIAN! IT’S ME, ROCKY!”

Marcola on July 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Sally Kohn: ‘This is not a border crisis’

No matter how many illegals cross into America, it will never be a “crisis” as long as they vote Democrat!

RJL on July 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

She needs to go back to teaching gym class.

tomas on July 9, 2014 at 7:44 PM

She is some sick and demented nobody

HAGGS99 on July 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

This lady needs to go back to Fox News. At Fox she knew she’d get ridiculed if she said something stupid, so she kept her statements in the ignorant area on the Nincompoop-O-Meter.

Now that she is one among many on CNN she is in a race to peg the extreme level of the LibTard-O-Meter.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Bret Baier is hotter

bmmg39 on July 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Orders of magnitude. Sorry to be sexist, but there it is. However, you’re right, we should focus on character, not appearance.

On topic. If the border is working and they are being stopped, why are they on this side of the border? Shouldn’t they be on the non-US side if they aren’t supposed to be here?

Now the US taxpayers have to spend a lot of money on them.

If we stopped them before they came across, Mexico would have to pay for them.

How many of the “refugees” has Sally taken in?

talkingpoints on July 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Hate to pile on but my gawd it does look like her and maddow are brothers.

jaywemm on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 PM

When our country was still great we would have never given these pukes the time of day.

Nat George on July 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Bletch!

MCGIRV on July 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Mr Kohn spends too much time trying to perfect that liberal smirk that he/she deploys after one of her self-admired crappy answers.

sgtstogie on July 10, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Kohn and Kerry must be related thru Lurch of thhe Addams Family.

Sherman1864 on July 10, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Why is it so many libs have that psychotic gleam in their eyes? Hmm, maybe that’s a rhetorical question…

zoyclem on July 10, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Sally Kohn-Head ?

Isn’t this the libtard that recently tied
the knot with the infamous Richard Head ?

BigSven on July 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Sally Kohn has long been a liberal apologist for the communist in the WH.

ultracon on July 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Then, again…. she is appearing on the Communist News Network.

ultracon on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Sally Kohn has long been a liberal apologist for the communist in the WH.

ultracon on July 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Actually, Odumbass is a fascist. I know that is just another shade of communist, but there is a difference.

earlgrey on July 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Wait…Sally Kohn??
I thought it was Justin Bieber’s brother.

OccamsRazor on July 10, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Can hotgas institute a no pictures od Sally Kohn rule? Please?

eski502 on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Fox is so much better without Sally on the network.

Amazingoly on July 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

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