If you're keeping score, Idaho GOP U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador made his ninth appearance July 6 on NBC's Meet the Press. But during Sunday's broadcast, he had some advice for host David Gregory.
"You need to change the slogan from 'If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press' to 'If it's Sunday, it's another administration official making stuff up on Meet the Press,'" said Labrador. "It's really shameful."
Labrador had choice words for Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who earlier in the program said, "I believe we're going to stem this tide," referring to the flood of undocumented children, coming in from Central America.
"He made up a lot of different things," said Labrador. "He's saying that he's going to be able to stem this so that it doesn't reach 60,000 to 90,000 children. That's not going to happen. The administration's own estimates are that it's going to be 60,000 to 90,000 this year, and that it's going to increase to 150,000 next year. These are their own estimates. Now, they're coming on national TV and saying they're doing everything they can to stem the flow?"
Gregory challenged Labrador when the Idaho congressman said that the Obama administration needed to deport the children as soon as possible.
"I know it sounds harsh. I know it sounds difficult," answered Labrador. "We need to take a strong stand against what's happening."
But Washington Post columnist and former speech writer for President George W. Bush Michael Gerson, another guest on Meet the Press, cautioned Labrador on his rhetoric.
"This is a delicate balance for Republicans," said Gerson. "They need to be critical of the president without alienating a rising demographic group, and they have not been very good at that. When you go after kids and mothers, that's a long-term problem for the Republican Party."