Security expert destroys GOP congressman who tried to ‘mansplain’ border security to her
Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard professor and former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, on Monday responded to a pointed attack by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) about Donald Trump’s proposed border wall—and called out the Republican’s ‘mansplaining’ in the process.
Responding to reports last Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history, Kayymen emphasized that the seizure took place at a port of entry.
“They seized this fentanyl at the PORT OF ENTRY,” she wrote. “At the PORT OF ENTRY.”
They seized this fentanyl at the PORT OF ENTRY. At the PORT OF ENTRY. PORT OF ENTRY. (am I being too subtle).… https://t.co/ujt8AsFFjA— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1548961910.0
Crenshaw, in response, took a subtle dig at Kayyem’s employer before demanding she explain why “a drug bust at a [port of entry]” proves Trump’s wall is not needed.
@juliettekayyem I’m trying to give you the benefit of the doubt here since I know you from Harvard, but it’s diffic… https://t.co/yPcbqBAsjp— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw) 1549041221.0
Monday, Kayyem obliged—and obliterated the GOP congressman in the process.
Oh hey. Sorry for the delay. Not on twitter all the time, Congressman. This may take a while and I know how busy… https://t.co/8BIwOwXJ1R— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549313514.0
On substance, I think you know the answer. And if you listened to the one person who is your colleague and who act… https://t.co/LP8XtlZKSW— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549313515.0
That would be Will Hurd so just read this first. https://t.co/Wz0kLrBBA6 If viewing better than reading, how about… https://t.co/2edDoebCyG— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549313515.0
So, why would anyone who lives, works or actually spent a career (I think you know my bio by now. . . ) in homeland… https://t.co/cIDP60JiO5— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549313516.0
nearly 800 miles of barriers, drones, dogs, etc. -- are so much better. See unlike a war zone (I'll defer to you o… https://t.co/bDMu5iV3GT— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314480.0
build a wall. So let's take your example of the fentanyl arrest. Think about it: it was stopped because it wasn't… https://t.co/Npba8bFISH— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314480.0
alternative with a static solution. So I suspect you get this but I"m happy to explain. On process, though, you a… https://t.co/o3UAm1lEcq— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314480.0
So let's assume you have 100 pennies to spend across competing priorities. And so let's say you want ALL of them t… https://t.co/oLHYHLxGEr— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314480.0
How would you spend them? No one, not even CBP until last few months, ever even thought a wall made sense because i… https://t.co/FVPLzCEYru— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314481.0
would pull from the dynamic security that does work. So that us "experts" oppose the wall is just an unbecoming co… https://t.co/DHkioOOUBc— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314481.0
Anyway, I feel silly writing this. You know this and if you don't happy to continue the conversation but one final… https://t.co/o57J0WFv5O— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314481.0
I wasn't going to re-engage it. I don't want to be know as the "expert" who accused you of mansplaining any more t… https://t.co/mYaOUrvcPk— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314482.0
And as a graduate of Harvard, your odd mentions of it in every tweet to me (this is the first time I have mentioned… https://t.co/AeWEJYYKes— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314482.0
Some of us have spent a career in and out of government, or media, or private sector, and the academy (she is me).… https://t.co/tI1DFf6fYD— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314482.0
It's not becoming of your position. I wish you best as you assess this and your role. And you engage with women… https://t.co/1LsxRgLzrm— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314483.0
Support your point with facts, history, economics and policy. Not with mocking a woman. Because, well, she is me.… https://t.co/PA4lSuyWhD— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem) 1549314483.0