Ruhle Shames Romney For Citing The Border as an Area Where Biden Has Failed

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle once again assumed the role of President Biden’s top defender on Wednesday’s edition of The 11th Hour as she interviewed Utah Sen. Mitt Romney. The former GOP nominee did not exactly prove to be a hostile interview, but Ruhle still didn’t appreciate him condemning Biden’s record on the border or refusal to affirm that Biden is simply the greatest.

Ruhle wondered, “President Biden ran as a bipartisan president. He’s worked with you on a number of things and gotten a lot done. The infrastructure law, the CHIPS Act, lowered healthcare costs, the list goes on, but the country remains polarized and getting more divided. If he would have a second term, do you think there is something he could do to actually bring people back together? Because he’s got a lot of policies under his belt that he has done for the country, and work with you.”

Romney could’ve pointed out that this supposedly great unifier once told a black audience that he was going to put them back in chains, but he didn’t. Instead, he simply declared that there is more to unifying people than giving speeches, leading Ruhle to complain, “But President Biden isn’t just giving a good speech, infrastructure law is now the law. The CHIPS Act is bringing jobs back, is bringing manufacturing back. Those aren’t speeches, those are policies.”

Romney replied by citing two big areas where Biden has failed, “Number one, the fact that things cost more than they did before. Inflation is still there. People somehow think the prices are going to go down. No, when you beat inflation, prices don’t go down, that would be deflation, they just stabilize, and they’re getting stabilized, but the fact that people are paying more is a real concern to them.”

The second is “the border. Look, people have been screaming about the border for all three-and-a-half years Joe Biden has been president and he has not done anything to solve the problem at the border. That’s a huge issue for President Trump. I can’t understand why President Biden didn’t tackle this from the very beginning.”

That didn’t sit well with Ruhle, “What has Congress done? Because it’s Congress who sets the laws.”

Romney recalled, “Well, the Republicans have put forward our plan. The House put out a border plan, and that’s what Congress did. The president said no, that wasn’t acceptable. Then they began working on a bipartisan basis. But you know what? This was not a problem when President Trump was president. The reality is—”

Ruhle interrupted to try to argue that Trump is actually the reason the border is such a mess, “The border has been a problem for years, sir, and a plan was just put together and it was Donald Trump, who is not currently in office, who blocked it.”

While not countering Ruhle’s assessment that Trump blocked the bipartisan bill a few months ago, Romney reiterated that the border is still worse under Biden than it was under Trump, “Yeah, he blocked the plan, in part, I’m sure, because he wants to keep this issue hot and alive for his election, but don’t forget, when he was president, he did a lot of things that sounded really ugly, but we didn’t have anywhere near the number of people that have come into the country illegally as we have under President Biden and that is something he should have done everything in his power.”

For Stephanie Ruhle, nothing is Joe Biden’s fault, it’s either Republicans or some foreign power that wants to elect Republicans that are to blame for the country’s woes.

Here is a transcript for the May 15 show:

MSNBC The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle

5/15/2024

11:18 PM ET

STEPHANIE RUHLE: President Biden ran as a bipartisan president. He’s worked with you on a number of things and gotten a lot done. The infrastructure law, the CHIPS Act, lowered healthcare costs, the list goes on, but the country remains polarized and getting more divided. If he would have a second term, do you think there is something he could do to actually bring people back together? Because he’s got a lot of policies under his belt that he has done for the country, and work with you.

MITT ROMNEY: Yeah, the way to bring people together is not just to give a good speech, nice as that is. The way to get people together is to tell the truth. To let them know what the real challenges are that you’re concerned about, and how you are going to honestly deal with them.

RUHLE: But President Biden isn’t just giving a good speech, infrastructure law is now the law. The CHIPS Act is bringing jobs back, is bringing manufacturing back. Those aren’t speeches, those are policies.

ROMNEY: No, there’s no question that President Biden accomplished a number of things, but don’t forget, in politics very few people care about what you’ve done, they care about what you’re going to do, alright?

And right now there are a couple of things that are very much on people’s mind. Number one, the fact that things cost more than they did before. Inflation is still there. People somehow think the prices are going to go down. 

RUHLE: That’s deflation.

ROMNEY: No, when you beat inflation, prices don’t go down, that would be deflation, they just stabilize and they’re getting stabilized, but the fact that people are paying more is a real concern to them and number two, the border. 

Look, people have been screaming about the border for all three-and-a-half years Joe Biden has been president and he has not done anything to solve the problem at the border. That’s a huge issue for President Trump. I can’t understand why President Biden didn’t tackle this from the very beginning.

RUHLE: What has Congress done? Because it’s Congress who sets the laws.

ROMNEY: Well, the Republicans have put forward our plan. The House put out a border plan, and that’s what Congress did. The president said no, that wasn’t acceptable. Then they began working on a bipartisan basis. But you know what? This was not a problem when President Trump was president. The reality is—

RUHLE: The border has been a problem for years, sir, and a plan was just put together and it was Donald Trump, who is not currently in office, who blocked it.

ROMNEY: Yeah, he blocked the plan, in part, I’m sure, because he wants to keep this issue hot and alive for his election, but don’t forget, when he was president, he did a lot of things that sounded really ugly, but we didn’t have anywhere near the number of people that have come into the country illegally as we have under President Biden and that is something he should have done everything in his power. Frankly, take some actions that maybe the courts would have stopped. They had a better argument saying hey, “Congress needed to act.” But he never did that. And as a result the American people are saying hey, I want something else.

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