MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Rep. Peter King clashed on “Morning Joe,” Tuesday, over the proper vetting of Syrian refugees.
The brouhaha came just one day after many state governors announced they would take steps to keep Syrian refugees out of their jurisdictions, in response to Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
“We cannot vet the refugees from Syria. There are no databases to work against, no government records,” King said. “People talk about ‘thorough vetting.’ There is no vetting as a practical matter.”
“Hold on one second,” Brzezinski said. “There is vetting. There are face-to-face interviews, there are health screenings, often it takes two years for a family to get here.”
“No, Mika you are entirely wrong,” King shot back.
“Actually sir, I think you’re wrong,” she said. “The vetting is happening, whether you like it or not.”
“You are wrong Mika, you are 1000 percent wrong!” King said.
Brzezinski switched gears to the history of the United States being a melting pot of all cultures except, apparently, Syrians.
“So should we say ‘Syrians stay out of America? You’re not welcome here’?” she asked, as King ignored the question and plowed ahead.
“My job is to protect Americans, not to feel good about myself,” he countered. “If Americans get killed, because we’re letting people in who have not been properly vetted — and they can not be properly vetted — how many times do I have to tell you this Mika? You are wrong.”
Although the New York Republican can hardly be called a darling of the right (Conservative Review gives him an “F”), he nonetheless displays conservative stripes in one area — national security, especially as it pertains to the war on Islamic terror.
Watch the fireworks, via MSNBC.
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