There are not many people on Capitol Hill as dense and dimwitted as The Squad, but sometimes it is as if there is a competition among them to see who can be the most ridiculous.
This week, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib pulled into the lead, just ahead of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with her apparent belief that federal prisons should be abolished and prisoner be freed within the next decade.
The representative has called for abolishing prisons before, meaning that child molesters, murderers, rapists would be free to commit their crimes again and again.
Reporter Jonathan Swan confronted her about this on the “Axios on HBO” show, getting her to kind of admit that some prisoners do belong behind bars, but boy did she dance around it, The New York Post reported.
Reporter Jonathan Swan asked Tlaib (D-Mich.) about the BREATHE Act, which was introduced by her and fellow “Squad” member Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) last year, during the sit-down that aired on “Axios on HBO” Sunday night.
The BREATHE Act would cut federal funding to local police and federal agencies and eventually close 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?” the reporter said.
“I think that everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to just release everybody,’” the representative responded. “That’s not what I’m–”
“That’s what that [the act] says,” Swan swiftly hit back.
“Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now?” she asked, which was not the question.
“No, I know. But the act that you endorsed actually says release everyone in 10 years,” he said as he acknowledged that human smugglers and sex traffickers would be among those released.
“Do you mean that you don’t actually support that? Because you endorsed the bill,” he added.
“I endorsed the BREATHE Act and looking at federal, the polices and how we incarcerate, absolutely. But you cannot, you cannot just blanketly say, ‘Oh, look, she wants –‘. That’s not what I’m –“ she said before Swan interrupted her again.
“But that’s like in plain text!” he argued.
“But what I’m saying is, look at who’s in prison now,” she said. “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,” the reporter said.
“Yeah, but then why aren’t you asking me about them?” she said. “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,” he said. “It does release everyone.”
“Oh, yeah, within 10 years,” the representative said. “And obviously, there’s a process of looking at how we can get away from mass incarceration and move toward care first.”
Eventually Swan got her to admit that some people belong in prison, but judging from this interview it does not appear that she believes many do.
“There are, absolutely,” she finally said before changing the subject again. “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?” the reporter said.
“I don’t think so,” she said. “I’ve been very clear about that.”
No. No you have not.
And if she agrees that murderers and rapists and child predators should stay in prison, what about a serial burglarer, domestic abuser, car thief or embezzler?
Why is it that some progressives, like Tlaib, believe certain crimes should simply not be punished?
Maybe they should be moved to her neighborhood and see if she changes her mind.