WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz raises the stakes in challenge to Karine Jean-Pierre
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has raised the stakes in a challenge to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre after she said she didn’t “need lectures” from him about the southern border.
Cruz has been critical of Jean-Pierre’s claim that migrants are not illegally crossing the border on foot. In an appearance with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, the Texas senator upped the ante and challenged Jean-Pierre to visit the border with conditions.
“I’m going to give a challenge, Karine Jean-Pierre, right now,” Cruz said. “Come to this border. Spend 60 minutes, one hour, with me and the Border Patrol union. We will encounter dozens, if not hundreds, of illegal immigrants coming across. And if we don’t, let’s bring the entire White House press corps, and one of two things will happen: If we don’t encounter anyone, I’ll stand up and say, ‘I was wrong.'”
“But when we encounter hundreds of people crossing, do you have the courage and integrity to stand in front of the press corps you’re lying to and say, ‘I lied to you?’ That’s what an honest White House press secretary would say,” Cruz said.
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The Texas senator went on to blast anyone who sided with Jean-Pierre.
“At the end of the day, when she lies, it’s not just her — it’s Joe Biden who is paying her to lie, and it’s every one of the docile corporate media that roll over,” he said. “If every single fact-checker doesn’t say, ‘pants on fire,’ they’re complicit in the lie.”
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Jean-Pierre criticized Cruz for voting against funding for the Department of Homeland Security included in Biden’s budget requests. She added that the Biden administration is working to “secure our border, to do work that was not done in the past several years, and so, we’re going to continue to focus on that.”
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You can watch Tuesday’s briefing in full below.