Senator Josh Hawley questioned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee who made controversial social media posts praising terrorists.
Hawley presented examples of extreme rhetoric and asked Mayorkas if this was typical of DHS employees.
Sen. Hawley asked Mayorkas; “What about people who say things like, on October the seventh, ‘F Israel’ — I’m cleaning up the language here — ‘F Israel, the government and its military, are you ready for your downfall?’ People who say things like, ‘F Israel and any Jew who supports Israel. May your conscience haunt your dreams until your last breath. Palestine will be free one day. F apartheid Israel,’ This is pretty extreme rhetoric, don’t you think?”
🚨 Senator Hawley GRILLS Mayorkas over REFUSING to fire a DHS employee who repeatedly praised Hamas 🔥 pic.twitter.com/JDtd90FAfa
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 31, 2023
Mayorkas denounced the question and stated that the employee in question was on administrative leave, but refused to comment further on the personnel matter.
“I’m sorry, this person works for the Department of Homeland Security, have you fired her?” asked Hawley of Mayorkas.
Mayorkas replied, “Your question to suggest that that is emblematic of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security is despicable.
Bravo to Senator Hawley.
An employee of DHS is celebrating the death of Jews and this is the response of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…
“Has this employee been fired?”
Mayorkas NEVER confirms.
But the Biden Administration stands with Israel right? pic.twitter.com/d7uicMB4Dt
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) October 31, 2023
A visibly frustrated Hawley said, “Don’t come to this hearing room when Israel has been invaded and Jewish students are barricaded in libraries in this country and cannot be escorted out because they are threatened for their lives.”
Adding, “You have employees who are celebrating genocide, and you are saying it’s despicable for me to ask the question? Has she been fired?”
Mayorkas eventually admitted that the employee was on administrative leave.
Hawley criticized Mayorkas for not taking action and accused him of being disrespectful.
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The incident came after Mayorkas called Hawley “despicable” after Hawley asked why the DHS was employing pro-terrorist people.
Mayorkas: “Your question to… pic.twitter.com/t4yrzNEmkb
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 31, 2023