GOP Rep: The Walls ‘Around My House’ Keep ‘Bad People Out And Critters Out’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Wednesday called for politicians “to look at all immigrants as human beings made in God’s image,” in an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur. But a minute later, his tone changed somewhat dramatically while arguing for funds to build a wall along the southern border.

“When Nancy Pelosi says a wall is immoral, we look at that and go, ‘How is a wall immoral?’” Kinzinger said. “I mean, I have four walls around my house and they keep bad people out and critters out.”

“We’re just not talking to each other and using the right language to say, ‘We all mean well,’” he added.

The Washington Post, which flagged the comment, said it was reminiscent of Donald Trump Jr.’s comparison of immigrants and zoo animals.

Kinzinger, the Post noted, recently wrote an op-ed in the Rockford Register Star arguing that “the best gift we can give the next generation is to restore the civility our society so desperately needs.”

“Yes, I personally have crossed the line before, and may let passion get the best of me again in the future,” the congressman wrote. “Understanding the issue and taking responsibility for the role we play is crucial. What we need is less blame, and more self-reflection. What legacy are we leaving for our children?”

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