After Warning of Fentanyl Surge at Border, NBC Scoffs at GOP for Making an attempt to Cease It

On Tuesday, NBC Nightly Information stunned some by taking over the border disaster (although they continued to keep away from that time period) and warning that unprecedented ranges of fentanyl and different medicine have been making their approach throughout the border. However come Wednesday, the community flipped on a dime and took to scoffing at Republican efforts in Texas to curb the smuggling of the lethal substance together with ending unlawful immigrant crossings.

“We’ve reported on the hovering variety of migrants on the border however now one other troubling pattern, the staggering rise of drug smuggling,” introduced anchor Lester Holt on Tuesday. Correspondent Gabe Gutierrez backing him up, noting that “Now with authorities tied up processing a historic variety of migrants, extra drug smuggling within the desert.”

Including: “Fentanyl being pushed by way of the desert round El Paso is up greater than 355 % in comparison with final 12 months and 4,000 % greater than 2018.” Gutierrez additionally defined that the drug cartels have been now making the drug themselves with supplies sourced from China.

He additionally recounted the tragic story of a 20-year-old girl who died after she ingested “what she thought was an oxycodone capsule.” It was fentanyl.

But on Wednesday, Holt scoffed at Republicans and instructed they solely needed to make the border a marketing campaign difficulty for the midterms. “And at the moment the previous president was on the southern border becoming a member of the Texas governor who’s aiming to select up the place Donald Trump left off. As Republicans attempt to make immigration key to their get together’s future,” declared.

 

 

Gutierrez was again and able to mock Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) for desirous to assemble his personal border wall and his look with former President Trump:

GUTIERREZ: As new video emerges of a Border Patrol agent saving a migrant baby from drowning within the Rio Grande, the highway to subsequent 12 months’s midterms is already hitting a wall.

ABBOTT: Individuals are coming throughout our border from greater than 150 nations throughout your complete globe. It’s time to be certain we seal this border and shut it down.

GUTIERREZ: Texas Governor Greg Abbott is doubling down on plans to put aside $250 million to renew development of the border wall that the Biden administration had halted. At this time, former President Trump joined him on the border for the primary time since leaving workplace.

Neither the previous President nor the Governor took questions, however the political optics are clear,” he added. “Texas Republicans overwhelmingly assist Abbott’s wall effort, and Republican governors from different states, together with Florida and South Dakota are additionally sending legislation enforcement personnel to the border.

Gutierrez confirmed viewers a clip of himself shouting a query at Abbott and Trump. However he got here off as silly as a result of he was a number of yards away from them and on the opposite aspect of a loud crowd.

Governor Abbott has additionally requested the general public for donations to assist crowdfund the wall, although he hasn’t given particulars how a lot it should value or how lengthy it should take,” Gutierrez chided as he wrapped up the phase.

NBC’s flip-flop on caring about what’s crossing the border primarily based on political messaging was made potential due to profitable sponsorships from Capital One and GEICO. Their contact info is linked so you’ll be able to inform them concerning the biased information they fund.

The transcript is beneath, click on “increase” to learn:

NBC Nightly Information
June 30, 2021
7:15:31 p.m. Japanese

LESTER HOLT: And at the moment the previous president was on the southern border becoming a member of the Texas governor who’s aiming to select up the place Donald Trump left off. As Republicans attempt to make immigration key to their get together’s future. Gabe Gutierrez is there.

[Cuts to video]

GABE GUTIERREZ: As new video emerges of a Border Patrol agent saving a migrant baby from drowning within the Rio Grande, the highway to subsequent 12 months’s midterms is already hitting a wall.

GOV. GREG ABBOTT (R-TX): Individuals are coming throughout our border from greater than 150 nations throughout your complete globe. It’s time to be certain we seal this border and shut it down.

GUTIERREZ: Texas Governor Greg Abbott is doubling down on plans to put aside $250 million to renew development of the border wall that the Biden administration had halted. At this time, former President Trump joined him on the border for the primary time since leaving workplace.

FMR. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We labored with the governor on this. It is the precise wall that Border Patrol, ICE and the entire professionals needed.

GUTIERREZ: After the photograph op –

Governor, you might have the authorized authority to construct this wall with state cash?

– Neither the previous President nor the Governor took questions, however the political optics are clear. Texas Republicans overwhelmingly assist Abbott’s wall effort, and Republican governors from different states, together with Florida and South Dakota are additionally sending legislation enforcement personnel to the border.

RAQUEL MARTINEZ (border wall opponent): Completely political theater.

GUTIERREZ: Democrats are livid that not less than among the cash had been allotted for COVID aid.

MARTINEZ: He has no authorized authority over federal points. He’s a state governor. He cannot do what the federal authorities is meant to do.

[Cuts to video]

GUTIERREZ: Governor Abbott has additionally requested the general public for donations to assist crowd fund the wall, although he hasn’t given particulars how a lot it should value or how lengthy it should take. Lester?

HOLT: All proper, Gabe, thanks.

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