California Congressman Rep. Duncan Hunter, who was indicted last August along with his wife on 60 counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations, and conspiracy, just can’t seem to dial down his proclivity for falsehoods.
In an attempt to drum up more support for Donald Trump’s pernicious efforts to drive out immigrants both documented and undocumented (as long as they’re brown-skinned), Hunter set up an elaborate, dark-of-night video scene in which he portrayed himself crossing a border barrier from Yuma, Arizona into Mexico.
The problem is, the terms of his release — remember, he’s under indictment — prevent him from leaving the country. That set off alarms for his 2018 opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, who saw the video and accused Hunter of violating his bail.
That’s hardly the worst thing Hunter has been accused of, although if he were violating his bail, he would have a much harder time blaming it on his wife, as he did with the legal indictments he’s facing.
Thankfully for the Republican lawmaker, Border Patrol agent Vincent Dulesky told the Times of San Diego that Hunter was merely a liar, and not guilty of contempt for violating his release terms:
What [Hunter] crossed was a vehicle barrier. That is approximately 75-100 feet from the border — the border is actually the river that’s west of that.”
It looks like Duncan Hunter took Donald Trump’s guidance on how to amp up the rhetoric for a “border crisis,” because it wasn’t a fence, people don’t hop over it ever, and it wasn’t even at the border itself.
The hyperbolic, breathless audio from the recording is almost hilarious after finding out that the video is a fake:
So here is the grand border wall in Yuma, Arizona. This is what we expect to stop people, transnational terrorists, families, all illegal aliens from coming across the border. This is it. [Hunter swings his legs over the vehicle barrier] There you go. That’s how easy it is to cross the border here in Yuma, Arizona.”
Was he too dumb to not know it was the border wall, but so brazen that he risked violating his release terms? Or was he just cynical enough to believe no one would check where he’d been, and think he could fool people?
You can decide for yourself:
Featured image is a screen capture.