Far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib struggled in a current interview to defend her endorsement of a invoice that will shut all federal prisons over 10 years earlier than admitting that she does imagine some criminals belong behind bars.
Reporter Jonathan Swan requested Tlaib (D-Mich.) in regards to the BREATHE Act, which was launched by her and fellow “Squad” member Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) final 12 months, through the sit-down that aired on “Axios on HBO” Sunday night time.
The BREATHE Act would minimize federal funding to native police and federal companies and finally shut federal prisons.
“To what extent have you wrestled with any potential downsides of releasing into society every single person who’s currently in a federal prison?” Swan requested.
“I think that everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to just release everybody,’” Tlaib started. “That’s not what I’m–”
“That’s what that [the act] says,” Swan interrupted to level out.
“Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now?” Tlaib responded in an obvious effort to deflect the query.
“No, I know. But the act that you endorsed actually says release everyone in 10 years,” answered Swan, who identified that human traffickers and youngster intercourse predators could be amongst these in line for launch.
“Do you mean that you don’t actually support that? Because you endorsed the bill,” he added.
Tlaib insisted, “I endorsed the BREATHE Act and federal, the polices and the way we incarcerate, completely. But you can’t, you can’t simply blanketly say, ‘Oh, look, she wants –‘. That’s not what I’m –“
“But that’s like in plain text!” Swan fired again.
“But what I’m saying is, look at who’s in prison now,” Tlaib responded. “No, look at the folks that are mentally ill, that have substance abuse problems.”
“I’m not disagreeing with you that there are people who shouldn’t be in prison,” Swan stated.
“Yeah, but then why aren’t you asking me about them?” Tlaib rejoined. “You’re asking me about the crim– human traffickers and others that should stay — that should be able to be held accountable.”
“What I’m trying to understand is, your proposal is so sweeping,” Swan stated. “It does release everyone.”
“Oh, yeah, within 10 years,” the progressive stated. “And obviously, there’s a process of looking at how we can get away from mass incarceration and move toward care first.”
Later within the interview, Swan pressed Tlaib about whether or not she believes there are “categories of people” who ought to stay in prison.
“There are, absolutely,” Tlaib admitted earlier than suggesting that the purpose of the prison system is to rehabilitate wrongdoers and “I don’t think there’s any rehabilitation happening right now for those that might actually have … mental health issues.”
“Do you think all people can be rehabilitated?” Swan requested.
“I don’t think so,” Tlaib answered. “I’ve been very clear about that.”
Republican members of Congress slammed Tlaib following the interview, with Claudia Tenney (R-NY), calling her the “most dangerous, radical and anti-American member of Congress.”
“Rashida Tlaib literally wants rapists, pedophiles, murderers and jihadists to be freed from prison and let into our communities,” Tenney claimed.
“At a time when crime plagues our nation, the Socialist Squad seeks to release EVERY SINGLE CRIMINAL from federal prison with their so-called ‘reform’ Act. Americans can ill afford this irresponsible, soft-on-crime & dangerous bill,” added Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). “Lives are at stake.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted that the “radical proposal” by Tlaib and Pressley would result in “an American form of Bastille Day in France.”
“Under her plan we would empty America’s federal prisons of all prisoners who may be adversely affected by COVID, regardless of the crime they committed or the threat they pose to society,” Graham wrote.
“Oddly enough, Congresswoman Tlaib has had a tough time convincing Congress to follow her lead on emptying prisons,” he added. “However, the Taliban jumped all over this idea. When they took over Afghanistan first thing they did was empty all the prisons — including releasing terrorists.”