MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson held an interview with Vice President Mike Pence this week where he tried to claim that more than 4,000 terrorists tried to enter the United States through the southern border last year, a claim that has been heavily debunked.
It’s been proven that the number of terrorists that tried to infiltrate the country through the southern border was 6, not 4,000. But this is a typical Trump administration strategy, to install fear into their base to rile them up.
Fortunately, Jackson fact-checked Pence so the public wouldn’t fall for his lies. She was backed up by national security reporter Julia Ainsley.
“I was a little surprised to hear the vice president again raise that number about 4,000 known or suspected terrorists when that has been widely debunked,” Jackson said. “It’s one of the most headline-grabbing misleading claims that members of this administration has made, and Vice President Mike Pence knows that.”
“This administration has been fact-checked multiple time over the past few days on that figure. It’s interesting they’re still using it,” Ainsley replied, saying that of “about 3375 total people” the U.S. has placed on watch lists, “the vast, vast majority of those came through airports.” Ainsley added that after breaking down the numbers, the total number of people on that list trying to enter through the southern border amounted to six.
“One of the things they’re doing here is they are now conflating this,” she continued. “They’re starting to confuse the issue so that all that sticks in people’s minds is thousands of terrorists at the southern border.”
Take a look at the video clip below: