Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Tom Homan has described Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the "head clown" leading a "circus" hearing of House Democrats.
Homan (pictured) made the statement a day after the New York Democrat attempted to silence his rebuttal to denigrating rants against him by several congresswomen. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was one of those who AOC gave an ample amount of time to deride the former ICE chief, who was subsequently silenced while trying to defend himself.
"I think it's important to really make sure that the jingoistic, bigoted testimony of Mr. Homan is called out as nearly completely untrue, as being an outrage – and as a former official directing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, he should know better," Schultz said at the hearing.
The gathering was supposed to be set up to reveal testimony from both sides of the controversy surrounding deportation centers and treatment of illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The House Oversight Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing was called to examine the Trump administration's decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships," Fox News' David Montanaro informed.
But Homan was only able to slip in one brief question before Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) intervened to "restore order" and silence him – giving Schultz free reign of the microphone once again, while shutting Homan's down.
"What did I say was inaccurate?" Homan asked the Florida representative.
"I just think it's important that it's not accepted as accurate testimony," she replied, then proceeded to question other panel witnesses – while avoiding asking Homan any questions.
While being shut down at that point, Homan was given the opportunity later to respond to Schultz's remark when Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) allowed him to speak during Jordan's allotted time:
"I've forgotten more about this issue than you'll ever know," Homan said, directing his comments to the Florida Democrat. "So if you say my testimony is inaccurate, it's wrong. Everything I said here is accurate. Bottom line. If you want to go toe to toe, I'm here. I'm here on my own time to speak to the American people about what's false and what's fact."
AOC's fellow Squad member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), told Homan that he will go down in history as being merciless toward immigrants.
"Mr. Homan, as a fellow American, I just want you to know your contribution as acting director of ICE under this administration will always be remembered as one that was very ruthless and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, as the author of the separation policy and now of this sick – you know, preventing people – sick children before this committee seeking life-saving medical treatment and will continue always," Tlaib proclaimed, according to RealClearPolitics.
"This is probably the third time I think you [have come] before this chamber that I am deeply troubled by your opening statement and continued assault on innocent lives. Then I ask that this administration please stop playing politics with the lives of the children before this committee, but also with the lives of many Americans that are directly impacted by the continued broken immigration system in our country."
This incited Homan to call out AOC for continually displaying her unbridled contempt and animosity toward law enforcement.
"In my 34 years, I've never seen such hate toward a law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them rather than do your job and legislate," Homan responded. (See related comments from Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform)
That comment was edged in before his voice was blotted out by the sound of AOC banging her gavel while warning him that his time to speak was gone.
In forethought and retrospect …
The day before the hearing on Wednesday, Homan was confident that he would be able to provide his uninterrupted testimony tearing down House Democrats' "false narratives" about immigration enforcement, vowing in an appearance on Fox & Friends that he would aggressively dismantle their inaccurate claims about detention centers and arrests of illegal aliens.
Disappointed a day after the hearing about being silenced, Homan said Democrats make up their own reality when it comes to the U.S. border and America's illegal immigration problem. He said he received an inordinate amount of backlash while he was leading ICE because he was candid about what was really going on with illegal aliens at the border and throughout the country.
"I did it [speak openly] when I was ICE director – that's why I took so much hate as the ICE director … because I wasn't gonna play political games," Homan – who is also a Fox News contributor – informed The Brian Kilmeade Show. "I wanted to do my job and tell the American people what we do and what we don't do and tell them the truth, but the Democratic leadership in Congress can't handle the truth."
He also regretted not sounding off more at AOC during the hearing.
"I wish I would have let her know, this hearing is a joke," Homan continued. "It's a circus, you're the head clown because hearings are supposed to be about Congress asking questions to come to some common sense on an issue that's going on."
The 57-year-old police officer from New York then pointed out that it was the Democrats' design to "spend five minutes insulting" him while allotting no time for him to respond.
"What sort of transparency is that? I know more about this than any of them do, but they don't want to hear it," he said, referring to a long list of accusations hurled at ICE agents by pro-immigration/open borders Democrats opposed to the border wall, detention centers, and ICE raids.
In weeks prior, Ocasio-Cortez had insisted that the border detention facilities were "exactly like" the Nazi German concentration camps of World War II, where more than six-million Jews were brutally murdered and held under abysmal conditions. AOC further likened President Donald Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
The first-term lawmaker also reported that Border Patrol agents in a detention center she visited told a woman immigrant to drink water from a toilet – an accusation agents and investigative officials have repeatedly denied.