The Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, criticized Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Joe Biden for the disaster at the U.S.-Mexico Border, claiming they “turned over” the border “to murderous drug cartels.”
Masters, while visiting the border last week, spoke with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on an episode of the Real America podcast, that was broadcast on Thursday.
“So it’s a complete open border at this point.. and they caused this crisis,” Masters said to McDaniel in reference to Biden and Kelly. “I’m not going to pretend it was ever perfect at the southern border, but man, under President Trump, it was pretty darn good. It was under control.”
“You see a lot of border wall, but if you drive a few miles in one direction, you see gaps in the border wall, and the cartels are not stupid, they know where those gaps are,” Masters, who was endorsed by Donald Trump, elaborated. “It almost helps them filter people through.”
Breitbart Texas has a Customs and Border Patrol document that was leaked which shows there were more than 181,000 illegal immigrants crossing into the United States through the U.S.-Mexico border in August. This document came from a person in the agency who spoke under the basis of anonymity.
McDaniel highlighted the huge amount of illegal drug and human trafficking that is taking place. This prompted Masters to say that children and migrants “are being horribly abused, sold into sexual slavery.”
Masters then went on to say:
And the fentanyl that’s coming through, it’s killing American teenagers, like it really is this lawless zone, and Biden and Mark Kelly have turned over our whole southern border to the murderous drug cartels. The cartels are in charge, and our border patrol is underfunded, understaffed, and they’re literally not allowed by the Biden Administration to do their jobs.
Masters then attacked Kelly, who ran for office in the 2020 election as a moderate candidate, because he had been “voting like Bernie Sanders” and said he could have used his vote in an overwhelmingly 50-50 Senate to adopt a more hardline position against Biden to increase border security:
Mark Kelly, he’s showing up on t.v. pretending to care about border security. ‘I’m worried about inflation, I’m worried about border security.’ It’s like, Mark you’ve been in the Senate voting like Bernie Sanders to prop up Joe Biden’s failed agenda, and Mark Kelly could have stopped it. I have to remind people that one senator in a deadlocked senate – Biden needed Mark Kelly’s vote. Mark Kelly a year ago could have said, ‘Mr. President you’re not getting a single thing from me, not a single vote for an appointee, no funding, unless and until we get some border security.’ And he had that leverage, Biden would have had to finish the wall. Biden would have had to hire more border patrol agents. But Mark Kelly didn’t do it.
In the previous interview, Masters said that Biden's opponent “pretends to be independent” and blasted him for having voted on Biden's platform for 94 percent of the votes.
“It’s a lie… He votes in lockstep with Joe Biden,” he said. “He’s Biden’s side-kick; he’s Biden’s most loyal lieutenant in the Senate.”