This is a rush transcript from "The Ingraham Angle," April 2, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

LAURA INGRAHAM, HOST: All right, you take care. I'm Laura Ingraham, this is the Ingraham Angle from a very busy Washington tonight. Do you remember those three Virginia Democrats? All embroiled in scandals. Well, it's interesting how the media just stopped caring about at all and all of the remain in office.

Tonight, we have an update you will not want to miss. Also tonight, a 2020 democratic candidate says illegal border crossings aren't a threat to American national security, shouldn't even be a crime any longer. We're going to speak to a former Latino gang member and a convicted murderer with a message for the open border Dems.

Plus here's something you will not see anywhere else. Why are rare and easily preventable diseases making a comeback in the United States? And even more frightening, why are new ones popping up? The head of the NIH infectious disease unit is here with an urgent message, you can't miss it.

But first, the making of the new progressive ‘It boy,' that's the focus of tonight's Angle. Now, three weeks ago, we showed you how the Democrat infotainment complex launched Beto O'Rourke into the political stratosphere, complete with a glossy, beautiful Vanity Fair feature.

The former Texas congressman was a hot political pin up with an impressive fundraising hall. He went from Texas Senate race loser to a modern day matinee idol, completely legions of adoring female fans. But soon it seemed like a slight of hand, all of it or maybe just hand flailing.

Then came the gaps about being a part-time parent and his apology for his privilege. And didn't you just start feeling exhausted by it all. And I think in this weird news cycle, Beto already kind of seems like yesterday's news.

Meanwhile the newest darling of journalists, Hollywooders and metro lefties is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Meet 37-year old Pete Buttigieg, navy reservist, Harvard grad, Rhodes scholar and he's a married gay man which if he won the presidency would be a presidential first.

And remember America likes first, the coastal elites, I don't think they've ever loved a mid-Westerner as much as they love Pete. He's a charmer.


ANA NAVARRO, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: He is disarmingly charming, he is - he's got this like you know, like almost like an innocence about him but at the same time he is an intellectual.


INGRAHAM: Oh, Ana, he's beyond intellectual.


JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC HOST: He was so insightful, I guess the good news is that actually being insightful, being knowledgeable about the issues and also having a good positive spirit actually still counts for something in politics.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's versed on policy. He can talk about anything you ask him.


INGRAHAM: He's so different from what we have now.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's incredible to see how quickly he's been able to rise being the complete opposite of what we see right now in the White House, when it comes to the way he speaks, just his calmness, his character, he doesn't like women.


INGRAHAM: And yes, he's humble.


PETE BUTTIGIEG, MAYOR, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA: I went to Harvard, went to the U.K. for further study after that and that was where I realized that it actually really mattered a lot to me that I was from--

MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO, FACEBOOK: By further study, you mean you were a real scholar.

BUTTIGIEG: Yes, yes, so.

ZUCKERBERG: You're a very humble guy.


INGRAHAM: Leftists and never-Trumpers across the land are falling in love.


SCARBOROUGH: We just got inundated with calls by people saying, this guy is the real thing, we love Mayor Pete.

INGRAHAM: But pronouncing his last name, that's another issue altogether.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pete Buttigieg for example.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pete Buttiga - Butiigay - Buttigej.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We saw Peter Butteg the Mayor of Indianapolis.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The South Bend, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttajij.



INGRAHAM: It's not easy, okay? I think, I've made I've made it the whole way through this monologue without botching it once but don't bet on me. All right, well, Mayor Pete smartly makes light of his last name. Check out the wall of his new office.


BUTTIGIEG: We're just finding our way into this new headquarters which is full of spaces, increasingly full of fantastic team and if nothing else, anybody who walks into this place is going to know how to say our name.


INGRAHAM: Come on, that's cute in a Doogie Howser Claymation figure kind of way. But what - what do we really know about the new ‘It boy?' Well as Mayor of South Bend, he spent tens of millions of dollars on infrastructure. He imported a lot of lime bikes which a lot of locals abhor and he seems to have trouble keeping track of the homicide numbers in his city.


BUTTIGIEG: When I was a kid, it was not unusual to have more than 20 homicides in South Bend. Last year we had 9. That is obviously--

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now if you look at your term as Mayor, it hadn't gone up until last-

BUTTIGIEG: That's not really true. It goes up and down from year to year if you look at something like the- like the homicide rate.


INGRAHAM: Well, look, Buttigieg is certainly really smart. He worked at Mackenzie. It's a global consulting company after finishing at Oxford. Now he says, he's a traditional Episcopalian, whatever that means these days and in a New York Times column, neocon moralist David Brooks in full fanboy mode writes, "Buttigieg is gay and personifies the progress made by the LGBTQ movement but he doesn't do so in a way that feels threatening or transgressive to social conservatives.

He has conservative family values. It's just that his spouse is a husband, not a wife."

Well, first of all, I don't know how many social conservatives David Brooks actually knows or interviewed for this column but Buttigieg's support for abortion on demand doesn't qualify.

As they did with Obama, the media is attempting to take a novice with limited experience and wrap him up in a warm, fuzzy, personal narrative.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana is not only the first openly gay presidential candidate. He's also a newlywed. Marrying husband Chasten Buttigieg just last year.

BUTTIGIEG: I married a teacher so I married up.

CHASTEN BUTTIGIEG, HUSBAND OF PETE BUTTIGIEG: I'm really excited for the country to get to know him on a much larger scale.


INGRAHAM: Well, also with the as with Obama, Buttigieg's parents were radicals. His father, whom he describes in his memoir as a man on the left was a Notre Dame literature professor so that's great but according to the Washington Examiner, Joseph Buttigieg was a committed Marxist, who affectionately embraced the communist manifesto and worked to "inject Marxism into the wider culture."

Pete was close with this father which you can expect, which will lead of course many voters to wonder how far the apple fell from the tree. The question he's going to be asked on the campaign trail but come on, why fixate on any of that, does it really matter?

David Brooks says, he is awash in conservative family values and despite having never held state-wide office, Buttigieg has something else going for him, "He's a progressive on policy issues but he doesn't sound like an angry revolutionary. He eschews grand, ideological conflict."

God, this reads like an old ode to Obama that Brooks wrote but I think he - I mean, didn't he write the same exact thing about Obama. The aura and the historic nature of the man is far more important than the substance, kids get used to it.

But maybe ignore all the gauzy profiles and you find Buttigieg is pretty much a garden variety leftist, he's kind of common and soft spoken for sure but this is what he supports. He supports the Green New Deal, a wealth tax, Singer payer health plans. Amnesty for certain illegals. Packing the court with more than 9 justices and then there's this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Would you support getting rid of the electoral college?

BUTTIGIEG: Absolutely, it's got to go.


INGRAHAM: So don't be fooled by the carefully curated public image. The guy believes in a set of policies that would set back our economic gains and take money out of the pocket of people who work for government programs that don't. He would append the constitution to insure that California-New York trump the views of heartland Indianan every time.

Last August he derided President Trump as basically a disgraced game show host. And Vice President Pency said this, "a social extremist the likes of which our country has not known in national politics."

Wow so much for those conservative family values. Beyond his boy scout demeanor and Mayor peach Dick, Buttigieg is but another creation of a media apparatus desperate to oust Trump. Same reason they built up AOC and Beto, to whip up the Democrat base, keep them excited, keep them engaged. Anything to divert voters' attention from the growing 401Ks, bigger paychecks and all that good news that happened because of Trump's policies.

Oh, and another thing, the cool fact that cool Pete speaks seven languages, doesn't change the fact that socialism doesn't work in any of them.

And that's the Angle. All right, here now Jennifer Holdsworth, she was Buttigieg's campaign manager when he ran to be head of the DNC and Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Jennifer, you called Mayor Pete a transcendent candidate. Are the Democrats too wrapped up though in finding their new Obama here?

JENNIFER HOLDSWORTH, FORMER BUTTIGIEG DNC CAMPAIGN MANAGER: No, I don't think they are and I think that you can see from the diversity in opinions in the 2020 crowd, that we're very, very focused on someone who can beat Donald Trump. But Mayor Pete is a transcendent candidate because he's changing the language that the Democratic Party is using in terms of election.

He's taking back words like freedom and security and democracy but the right has co-opted over the last two decades to talk about things that affect voters in their everyday life.

INGRAHAM: So what does that mean like what's - what one policy is going to raise the standard of living of Americans who have finally seen pay raises for the first time in like 18 years?

HOLDSWORTH: You're not - Mayor Pete talks about not being free. If you're not free to marry the person that you love.

INGRAHAM: That's what he established so why you going back ten years of the social issues, what does- that's gone.

HOLDSWORTH: It's not ten years.

INGRAHAM: The Supreme court decided gay marriage is the law of the land so why - that's the issue people are going to vote for?

HOLDSWORTH: You say that it's an established law but you're also not free if you are burdened by student debt. You're not free if you're not allowed to make your own health care choice.

INGRAHAM: Okay so free - free stuff is going to be so it's like Mayor Pete, free, free, free. Matt, I mean-

HOLDSWORTH: Freedom is a very different word from free.

INGRAHAM: Well, you're joining them together. You said if you don't get stuff free, then you don't have freedom but look, I think he's an attractive candidate. He is extremely well spoken. He's - he has a calm presentation which I think is nice in an era where people are at each other's throats all the time.

That's - that's an attractive quality in anybody, a woman or a man but what about Kamala Harris? I mean she took in 12 million bucks on the campaign trail and she didn't - he takes in seven and she's like why is no one caught talking about my run being as historic as maybe his would be.

MATT SCHLAPP, CHAIRMAN, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION: Look, I think the money haul is really interesting, there's a lot of enthusiasm on the left, let's face it.

INGRAHAM: Absolutely.

SCHLAPP: They want to take Trump out but as a mid-westerner, I thought was interesting was Scott Walker. Republicans really wanted a fighter. Scott Walker, a great governor, he had this calm demeanor. I think Republicans look at these Democrats and they're all crazy way, moving their arms around.

They look at Mayor Pete and they say, hey, we kind of like this guy. He seems calm, he seems like the adult in the room. I don't think that's what Democrats want. No offense, I'm sure he's a marvelous human being but I think they want arms wailing. I think they want to hear about what you just talked about, a good big bigger socialist agenda.

And as much as he's appealing, I don't think it's what they want.

HOLDWORTHL The last thing the Democrats want is another President in office who wails his arms instead of says what he means. So I think what the Democrats are looking for in this election is somebody who has a lot of organic support, that's Mayor Pete.

As much as you want to say that--

INGRAHAM: what has he done? Like tell me - He's a naval reservist which you know, I salute his service. Obviously, smart - really smart guy.


INGRAHAM: But what has he done as Mayor of South Bend that would indicate that he it has what it takes to manage the U.S. government?

HOLDSWORTH: If you look at a lot of his policies as Mayor, you'll see him rehabbing 1000 houses in a 1000 days when he took over. Rehabbing the entire infrastructure of the city. I believe it was News Week who said that--

INGRAHAM: News Week, that's a--

HOLDSWORTH: Yes, who said that South Bend was one of the dying cities of the last 100 years.

SCHLAPP: I spent a lot of time in South Bend.

INGRAHAM: Yes, yes,

SCHLAPP: South Bend has a lot of issues but let me just jump in.

HOLDSWORTH: But now, that's coming off of and that's less and that's because of a lot of what Mayor Pete has done.

INGRAHAM: His policies.

HOLDSWORTH: He has more executive experience than the Vice President, he has more experience in government than the President and he had more experience than anyone to sit in the Oval office.

SCLAPP: Oh my God. He'll do a great job in getting a Midwesterner to look like they have presidential experience but I do think this--

INGRAHAM: Well, Donald Trump, what was his presidential experience.

SCHLAPP: It was - it was significant private sector experiences which is what the nation wanted but--

INGRAHAM: At the time, that's what they wanted.

SCHLAPP: These Democrats actually, I don't think it's the wrong question for the Democrats. It's not about what has you done, it's about make me feel like you know how far left we want to move, that's what--

INGRAHAM: Well, I want to play a sound bite. I think a lot of people haven't heard this particular sound bite. This was when he appeared on Morning Joe and he was asked about late term abortion, let's watch.


SCARBOROUGH: Do you support the late term abortion legislation that was passed in the New York State Legislature as well as in Virginia?

BUTTIGIEG: I don't think we need more restrictions right now. I just believe that when a woman is in that situation and when we're talking about some of those situations covered by that long, involvement the mail government official like me is not help.


INGRAHAM: Now Jennifer, I think that for someone as smart as he is, that's a real fasel response out so he falls back on men can't have any comments or have any say in a situation where a fully formed human being is about to emerge from a woman's womb and it deserves no protection.

See, when they try to pass him off as Mr. Family values in Indiana, that - that just destroys that image, that destroys it. He would be smart to say you know something, the parties gone too far on this, it's not where the country is and I'm here to stand for those who are viable in the womb and if he did that.

Oh my gosh, you want to see a real explosion of support for him. Right, Matt? The work - the smartest thing for the Democrats would be a little bit pro-life on these issues, that would make Republicans afraid.

HOLDSWORTH: There's a very big difference between being pro-life and being anti-choice. I think what you heard the Mayor say was that he didn't believe as an elected official that he should be--

INGRAHAM: So elected officials don't have any role in protecting the most vulnerable. You were just saying how he did this great job for South Bend disadvantaged people.


INGRAHAM: Isn't that helping vulnerable people?

HOLDSWORTH: But an elected official getting in between the healthcare decision of a woman and her doctor is an entirely different story.

INGRAHAM: Okay, so giving birth is now a medical condition versus actually a natural process of life and procreation, okay, it's a medical condition.

SCHLAPP: Plenty of these young babies are girls too which I always think is really ironic, the question I would have is, is there anything that he's heterodox on with the other Democrats running so he's for open borders, he's for no limitations at all on abortion, he's for the Green New Deal.

He's this breath of fresh air, give me a policy that's fresh, that's different from all these other-

INGRAHAM: Is it his tone or is it the way he speaks and is - because that's kind of like Obama was. Obama had a style that was attractive.


INGRAHAM: But it was style and he was a first. And I think that was really- an incredible part of his-

HOLDSWORTH: That's partisan's appeal but he also has the ability to speak to these policy prescriptions without getting annoyed at the voter who's questioning him on it.

INGRAHAM: Is that the bar you're setting?

HOLDSWORTH: No, that's not the bar but that's certainly--

INGRAHAM: Without getting annoyed? I don't think Beto gets annoyed. Beto gets confused.

SCHLAPP: I don't think Beto's listening. He's talking.

INGRAHAM: I don't - He doesn't get annoyed. He's like - and neither does Kamala Harris, she just laughs through the answer. None of them are getting annoyed.

HOLDSWORTH: I think that you concede by his fundraising haul, we mentioned Kamala's fundraising haul. It is about a lot of enthusiasm on the left.

INGRAHAM: Which first will win out.

HOLDSWORTH: The whole Democratic policy, when you talk about Mayor Pete differentiating himself in the policies, he shouldn't be, these are policies that are resonating the voters.

SCHLAPP: They are all the same. They're all the same, just different colored hair.

HOLDSWORTH: They're all very exciting and all very appealing.

INGRAHAM: Which first - which first will win out. All right, panel, thank you.

SCHLAPP: Or lose out.

INGRAHAM: Fascinating conversation and speaking of the media, they don't just build up political stars but they keep them up there, don't they? Remember in February when Virginia politics was rocked by a tree of scandals involving the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General?

Well, the black face of sexual assault stories dominated the news cycle for days. Then it all just went. The New York Times summed it all up with this headline. "It just went poof. The strange aftermath of Virginia's cascade of political scandals.

But the women who accused Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, they're not backing down.


MEREDITH WATSON, JUSTIN FAIRFAX ACCUSER You have someone in a position of leadership who has the ability to affect legislation on how these issues will be handled. And he himself is a predator.

GAYLE KING, CBS HOST: What do you want to happen to Justin Fairfax?

VANESSA TYSON, JUSTIN FAIRFAX ACCUSER: I'd want him to resign. Voters of Virginia have a right to know.

WATSON: I want the people of Virginia to know the truth and I would like the Virginia legislature to do the right thing.


INGRAHAM: Well today Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican released the following statement, ".. the alleged victims are seeking a bipartisan hearing; Republicans are seeking a bipartisan hearing. The Democrats in the House of delegates are refusing to allow that to happen."

Joining me now Virginia House Majority Leader, Todd Gilbert. Todd, I think I know the answer to this question but boy, this is a big series of scandals. And now the party that claims is protector of women's rights, women's health are unwilling to have a hearing?

Let's just start with the Fairfax allegations.

TODD GILBERT, R-VIRGINIA HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Yes, these are strange times in Virginia, Laura but you know, the latest is that we in the House Republican caucus have made multiple overtures to our colleagues in the Democratic caucus and both Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson had made it very clear that they would love the opportunity to have a full hearing of their allegations before the people of Virginia and that the legislature is best equipped to provide that forum.

They have made it very clear as well that they will not participate in such a hearing if that does not have bipartisan support and so we have tried to engage our colleagues across the aisle to participate in this process.

INGRAHAM: Wait a second, Todd. Is anyone even talk about Northam anymore? I mean this was - this was just dominating national politics. And if this - I mean, I'm so tired of us even hearing myself say this but I'm going to say, if these were Republicans accused of the same types of things, they would probably just quit, moved on, change their name, moved to South America or something like that or they would've been driven out of office and they would have been a drum beat, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, you'd have Gloria Steinem down their chaining herself to the gates of the House of delegates.

I mean and - and this is just like, oh poof, it goes away like there's no interest in this story, there's no interest in the story because the media, they don't want it to be a story. They had to cover it that first week or so but then it's not--

I want to play something for you. This was of one of the Fairfax accusers again. She - she said today this morning that she actually, she feels guilty. Let's watch.


WATSON: I broke down into tears because I feel guilty.

KING: Why do you feel guilty?

WATSON: It happened to her after it happened to me and had I had the strength or the courage to say something into thousand maybe it never would have happened to her.


INGRAHAM: Well, you know, I watch that and I - I mean, what do I know but to me it sounds - she seems really credible. Justin Fairfax said--

GILBERT: It's heart wrenching and really compelling.

INGRAHAM: --he's taken a lie detector test, he says and he says he's passed them. Have you seen the results of these tests or have they been independently verified?

GILBERT: Of course not and - no, of course not and we would love to subject those to some scrutiny in just the same kind of hearing you know. And Laura, as you well know polygraphs are not admissible in court for good reason but we would love to hash out all of these issues in a public forum and invite the Lieutenant Governor to participate in that forum but he is - he does - he has no interest in doing that, his colleagues in the Democratic party--

INGRAHAM: Well, then what do the Democrats do?

GILBERT: --Virginia, have no interest in doing that.

INGRAHAM: We got to go but the Democrats are going to have to answer for this and they're going to have to answer, I guess with the voters, that's it. I appreciate your joining us. All right, from Mueller to immigration, why aren't you getting the truth from politicians and the media?

We examine the gas lighting over the border crisis ahead and a lot more. Former gang member tells a story.


REP. FILEMON VELA, D-TX: The idea that any President of the United States would ever suggest that we should shut down our ports of entry is just moronic.

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO, D-HI: It doesn't make sense at all and what's coming out now is what the cost to our country would be if he closes the border. It's pretty crazy.

REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES, D-N.Y.: The President is in meltdown mode as it relates to the situation at the border.


INGRAHAM: No, Hakeem, I think you're in meltdown mode because Bob Mueller didn't deliver the goods for you. All right, the Democrats are in denial one again, they didn't want to believe that President Trump was innocent of collusion with Russia and now Democrats want to deny there's a crisis at the border.

So they're ignoring that just within the last week, border patrol has reported a record number of illegals arrested. Now most of them women and children and the situation is so dire, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cut short an overseas trip to address the crisis.


KIRTSJEN NIELSEN, DHS SECRETARY: Right now, this is one of if not the biggest crisis this country has faced in a decade, truly. I mean, the security aspects of this, humanitarian aspects of this have got to be addressed. But I cannot be clear and I don't think the President can be any clearer.

He will take every action within his authority to stop this flow.


INGRAHAM: Joining me now is a man who is dealing with this very crisis. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Just tonight, the Texas Senate adopted a resolution declaring the border crisis an emergency.

So will Democrats in Washington and a few Republican Senators you know, who you are finally pay attention? Lieutenant Governor, this is so upsetting. I literally stay up at night worrying about the border, it is beyond infuriating to Americans across the country that both parties in Washington, they could fix this in an hour.

They could sit down and write the legislation on asylum, turn backs at the border, more staff and non-contiguous deportations of people across the border and they simply refused to do it, Dan.

DAN PATRICK, R-TX, LT. GOVERNOR: They refuse to do it and they're either deniers or deceivers, the Democrats in Washington. Laura, I heard just as we were coming on, the word meltdown used by - I couldn't see the screen o who that was talking.

INGRAHAM: Hakeem Jeffries.

PATRICK: Hakeem Jefferies, the meltdown is happening on the border. It is never been this bad, even J. Johnson Laura, on Fox, this past weekend, the former DHS Secretary under Obama said, at the highest level, at the highest level, they had 60,000 people apprehended in one month, will break 100,000 or be near a 100,000 this month, that's the projection.

And Laura, remember what I've said, every time I've been with you, for every person we apprehend, 3 or 4 others get through, that's law enforcement's estimate and right now with the - with Secretary Nielsen having to push so many border patrol agents to these hot spots, it's leaving us a little thin in other areas.

That means people could easily be pouring over in no man's land as I would call it between these checkpoints. So if we apprehend a 100,000 count on 300,000 or 400,000 that may get through between Brownsville and Texas and San Diego.

INGRAHAM: Dan, we will not hear this conversation at any other network tonight. You won't and what you hear is oh, the poor people across the border and they didn't they - didn't get to you know, a hospital in time and the baby had to be delivered in the car which is not ideal, nobody wants a baby delivered a car.

But it's always on the side of the humanitarian concern only going one way, that's the only way they report this or Trump's the monster, that's it. Tonight on NBC, I guess yesterday or tonight on NBC, this is how they framed the debate, let's watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From the cucumbers and tomatoes in your salad to thee avocados in your guacamole, even the blackberries and raspberries in your smoothie, not to mention beer, wine and tequila for your margaritas, most of it comes from Mexico.

If the border closes, Americans could find themselves short on some key ingredients they've come to love.


INGRAHAM: It would be funny if it weren't for 50,000 acres of avocados in California, hello. So this is their concern is that they won't have happy hour with the tequila and the guac.

PATRICK: In our resolution we talked about border security. We talked about the humanitarian crisis. We talked about, and we're going to send this, a copy to every member of Congress and to the president, of course, that we support the president's use of barriers. We support the president's use of whatever tools he needs because this is a crisis and an emergency that the American people, I think, feel and know. And the Democrats, that's why I say they're either deniers or deceivers. They denied the truth like they denied the full report of the Mueller report as you said. They are deceiving the public by lying to the public.

INGRAHAM: Beto wants to take the existing walls down in El Paso. El Paso is having a crush of humanity in El Paso. He wants those walls down.

PATRICK: And Beto O'Rourke says that illegal immigrants make us safer. We are not talking about illegal immigration. Republicans support legal immigration. It's illegal immigration. We cannot handle these people. We cannot educate, medicate, and incarcerate the whole world that wants to come here. It is a tremendous burden on the taxpayers of Texas.

INGRAHAM: Schools.

PATRICK: I just authorized $800 million this year in our budget. This is $2.4 billion of Texas taxpayer dollars to help out on the border in the three years, or three sessions I've been lieutenant governor. And Laura, this is a crisis at the highest level. And whatever the president must do, He must do. The house is on fire. This is now not a time to decide how many fire trucks we need and the training for the firefighters. We have to put out the fire now.

INGRAHAM: We've got to go. Thank you, lieutenant governor.

PATRICK: Thank you.

INGRAHAM: We really appreciate your perspective, as always.

In addition to the Dems in denial, some of the 2020 fanatics are taking it even further. Julian Castro is calling for the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.


JULIAN CASTRO, D-2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I believe that our border is more secure than it's ever been. I'm not buying into the B.S. that basically says that little children and mothers who are desperate and flee desperate circumstances are a national security threat. We should decriminalize people who are coming here crossing the border.


INGRAHAM: My next guest, Casey Diaz, is a former gang member, author of the brand-new book "The Shot Caller," and he has an eye-opening perspective of the dangers of open borders. What is your message, Casey? I had you on the podcast today, and you had the most unbelievable story of redemption -- juvenile crime, gang banger, murder, and now you are out. And you are seeing this conversation about an open border, when you were on the streets dealing with the rival gang, years was MS-13. What are those, princes, I'm sure.

CASEY DIAZ, AUTHOR, "THE SHOT CALLER": It is a real actual problem that we are having. And it can't be overlooked. It needs to be tackled right now. And I'm like 100 percent with the president and the choices that he's making to secure that border, if need to lock it down. This is, we see that people with good hearts want to come in here and pursue a dream. But in these caravans, I can tell you from being in meetings in the past when I was active in gang leadership, that there were plans, there was an agenda. And in these caravans, you are going to see a lot of MS-13, a lot of 18 Street, you're going to see a lot of gangs. And they are going to be dressed very normal, and they're going to try to get in here. And that is just the bottom line.

INGRAHAM: And you write about this in your book. It's chilling. But the means and the method of terrorizing the most vulnerable people on the streets, and oftentimes they are the Latino Americans who are legal immigrants who are being terrorized by these gangs. And the Democrats laugh this off. They say, oh, this is Trump. Trump is creating this crisis. Did Trump create the crisis that you grew up in as a legal immigrant?

DIAZ: No, not at all. When I hear people like Julian Castro talk, his pitch is very wrong. It's very wrong. These guys that are coming in here, they are not going and living across the street from Julian Castro. They're not. They're coming into low income cities, and they're going to take your children. They are going to indoctrinate them with gang culture. And then we're going to the whole 1980s, the gang war that we had back then revisit us once again in here. That border needs to be protected by all means.

INGRAHAM: And what you saw and what you lived day in and day out, it is still happening in Chicago. Manassas, Virginia, we had horrific murders. Prince William County, Long Island, these gang rivalries are popping up all over the country now. The more porous the border is, the more opportunity for people to sneak in. Do you think the reason more Latinos are now gravitating towards Trump, his numbers are about 50 percent in the last poll among Latinos, which people don't believe, what do you think about what Latinos believe about safe streets and better economy?

DIAZ: Here is something that I'll throw at you. Many of the guys that I ran the streets with and in prison with who came out and successfully completed parole and got a job and started a business out here and started to pay taxes, they are all conservatives now. Most of all of these guys that came out alongside with me are all conservatives. The media, the left, will not tell you that. They will hide that, by all means. But that's the reality. I know. I won't share the names, but I can tell you that everyone that I hang out with --

INGRAHAM: Well, criminal justice reform, they're doing all that stuff too.

DIAZ: Exactly.

INGRAHAM: So they're pushing for the former felons to be able to vote. I think they're going to get a surprise when a lot of these former felons end up voting for Trump.


INGRAHAM: Casey, your book is fascinating. It's up on my Facebook page and on Thank you for being here tonight and telling your story.

DIAZ: Thank you so much.

INGRAHAM: It's a story of redemption, by the way. We all need a little redemption.

There may be no better example of where the Democratic Party currently finds itself then We, the People. It was a forum that happened yesterday. You will not believe the sound we are going to play. Stay there.



SEN. CORY BOOKER, D-N.J.: Abolish the Electoral College. I support Medicare for all. I support the Green New Deal. These are issues that are at the core of who I am.

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, D-N.Y.: How about telling any young person in America today, if you are willing to do a year of public service, you get two years of community college or state school free. If you are willing to do two years of public service, you get four years free.


INGRAHAM: If those radical Democratic policies weren't bad enough, we have a seat for you. Now, this is going to shock you. Eight 2020 Democratic candidates saw fit to attend and speak at an event where forum attendees mimicked chants, get this, made famous by a convicted cop killer.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is our duty to win.

CROWD: It is our duty to win.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We must love each other and respect each other.

CROWD: We must love each other and respect each other.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have nothing to lose but our chains.

CROWD: We have nothing to lose but our chains.


INGRAHAM: So that's the crowd at a Democratic conference chanting the rallying cry of a fugitive cop killer who is now living in Cuba. Assata Shakur killed a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 and escaped from prison in 79 and has been living a carefree life in Havana ever since.

Joining me now is former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Congressman, are you calling on these candidates to rebuke this cop killer's chance?

REP. STEVE SCALISE, R-LA., HOUSE MINORITY WHIP: Laura, they really should, and stand up for rule of law and at least the dignity of what law enforcement goes through every day to keep our community safe. You know what else they ought to do, when they talk about embracing things like the Green New Deal, which say that fossil fuels are immoral and they should not have planes in 10 years, how about they practice what they preach. And if it's immoral, start banning planes today. Don't fly on planes. Don't drive around in cars. Ride on bicycles. Live by, practice what you preach. But they won't do that. They want you to live by a different standard than they want themselves.

INGRAHAM: Ari, to me, this is just such an unforced error, a series of unforced errors by the Democrats. But this is just where they are. The left will ridicule conservatives for going to an event where there's one unsavory individual in some kind of wacky costume. They're like, you remember, the alt-right. So no matter where you go, if there is one person who is a whack job, then you are tarred with that one person. But here, the entire conference filled with nuttiness, and the cop killer chant, et cetera, et cetera. And it's like, oh, this is great energy.

ARI FLEISCHER, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Laura, I just get such a kick out of Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York, presidential candidate, saying public service, you get a year of college for free or two years for free. I think if you worked on her staff for six months, you should get an entire career for free.


FLEISCHER: Look, if all the Democrats have, they think life should be made free. They think you shouldn't have to strive, you shouldn't have to work. You should get it from the government, that all our rights don't come from the hand of God, that they come from the decisions of government. And that's what they want to legislate. You cannot do that and make America a successful country. Free lunch, free college, free food, free housing, free everything. It stops working after a little while, doesn't it?

INGRAHAM: After you run out of other people's money, as Ronald Reagan said. You run out of people's money. Pick someone else's pocket and give it to the guy over there or put it in your own pocket. It sounds like a good game.

I know, Steve, Congressman, you were at the NRCC dinner, already been to so many of these over the years. This was tonight at the Trump hotel, this just happened. The president was in fine form. He could have been a stand-up comedian if he didn't become the president. This is the president. Let's watch.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT: So we're going into the war with some socialists.


TRUMP: And it looks like the only non sort of heavy socialist, he's being taken care of pretty well by the socialists. They got to him.


TRUMP: Our former vice president. Are you having a good time, Joe?


TRUMP: Are you having a good time? But we're going to be running against somebody who is going to go as far left as possible.


INGRAHAM: Well, there was a joke there somewhere. But Joe Biden was the focus of some of Trump's humor. Congressman, when you watch Trump up there tonight, and again, we could have had a longer clip there, he has an ability to just riff off that teleprompter. I'm getting texts, this is memorizing. People wanted it to go on and on, and he did go on and on.

SCALISE: Laura he was so animated in talking about how great this country is, what he's doing, how he was fulfilling his promises. What he was talking about there with Joe Biden was basically welcome to my world. Look at what I get every day. You've gotten a free pass for all these years. I get this kind of stuff every single day where they come after me.

Ultimately what President Trump is so good at is the one on one. When there's going to be -- whoever the socialist is they nominate, you can see him moving so far to the radical left they can't even call it anti-Semitism in their own party. And so he knows it's coming. But he has got a great story to tell and he started to tell that story tonight. It was a great crowd, but the president was in rare form. He is on top of his game. He is ready to go to take on any socialist that wants to turn this country around.

INGRAHAM: He's in a good mood. And Ari, we have to play another part of this We, the People, event. Let's go to Amy Klobuchar now. This was a great moment. Let's watch.


SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR, D-MINN., PRESIDENT CANDIDATE: I wore my Planned Parenthood pink. Stop these judges that are trying to take us back to 1972 when women didn't have a right to choose what to do with their bodies.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, I-VT, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I will do everything to make sure that that decision of whether or not one has an abortion is a decision of the woman, not the federal government.


INGRAHAM: Ari, they are going to abortion earlier. We were talking about some of the social issues when it came to Pete Buttigieg, but on this abortion thing, this is an issue that makes them, I think, quite vulnerable with the infanticide angle.

FLEISCHER: Yes, absolutely, especially in the Midwest with Catholic, blue- collar voters, the Democrats are at grave risk over this, because late term abortion, abortion even when there's a botched abortion, the child is alive, they can even contemplate? No, sorry, we did it wrong. The child is no longer alive. This is horrendous, Laura, even if your pro-choice it's horrendous.

I think there's a huge tension in the Democratic Party now. Part of it is they're running so far to the left to outdo each other in a 20 person candidacy because you have to make a splash. Their splash is on the far left side of the pond. But the other tension is they want to beat Donald Trump. And so the news and the noise is going to come from the left, whoever can make that splash. But they also, I think, and Republicans have to be wise to this.


FLEISCHER: There's a huge grassroots pressure where they're going to want to nominate whoever has the best chance of beating the president. We will see how this tension plays out over the year, and it remains to be the story of the Democrat primary. I'm not convinced they'll run to the left. Let it play out.

INGRAHAM: Gentlemen, it's always great to have you bot on, thanks so much.

And next, we unveil a brand new series on "The Ingraham Angle," Unaddressed American Problems. Why are once rare and easily preventable diseases making a comeback? And why are officials sounding the alarm? One of those officials, the head of the NIH Infectious Disease Unit, is here with a message you should not miss.


INGRAHAM: We're starting a new series tonight, Unaddressed American Problems, where we bring you the issues that are left unsolved which leaves you at risk.

Now, tonight, rare and easily preventable diseases are making a comeback. There are more measles cases in the U.S. in the first three months of 2019 then there were all of last year. And you think that's scary, well, there's a mysterious disease right now causing paralysis among young children. It's called acute flaccid myelitis, and it bears shocking similarities to polio.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And then 12 to 15 hours later, she was put on a ventilator and was 100 percent paralyzed from her shoulders down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was difficult for us as parents to watch my daughter go into so much pain and not be able to do anything about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was almost like an old man, hunched over, really just in pain.


INGRAHAM: Joining me now Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci, what is causing -- let's start with measles and then we'll get to AFM. What is going on with the measles?

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: The problem is that parents are not vaccinating their children in certain localized areas of the country. And when you get below a certain critical level of percentage of the community unvaccinated, then when someone comes into the community, you wind up getting an outbreak. Typical example is Rockland County in New York and in New York City in the Hasidic Jewish population. Someone went over to Israel, and they have a very low vaccination rate among the Orthodox Jews in Israel, came back into the community, and because the children were not vaccinated, the umbrella of protection in the community was lifted, and you had an outbreak. And that is what is going on in Rockland County, right now.

INGRAHAM: Vaccinations still controversial in some circles? People are saying if you get too many vaccines at one time you can a heightened risk of other problems.

FAUCI: It's misinformation, Laura, it really is. If you look at the evidence-based facts, vaccines are safe. The MMR, the measles, mumps, rubella is a safe vaccine, and the measles vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines we have, 97 percent.

INGRAHAM: Let's talk about acute flaccid myelitis. I've been tracking this story for some time. This is terrifying. These are parents who have a healthy child one moment, total paralysis, on a ventilator the next. What is this?

FAUCI: We are not 100 percent certain, but the evidence is mounting. It is highly suggestive that it is a post-viral infection, post-viral syndrome. And it is likely a virus that we are tracking that is of a polio-like virus. It isn't polio, for sure it's not polio, but there's a class of viruses called enteroviruses, and the epidemiological occurrence of the outbreaks of this virus coincides with the outbreaks of this acute flaccid myelitis.

INGRAHAM: So if you have a respiratory infection, are you more susceptible to getting infected by this enterovirus?

FAUCI: What we believe is that the virus enters through the respiratory tract. Most children recover with no problem at all, but rarely a child gets a post-viral syndrome, which is the acute flaccid myelitis.

INGRAHAM: But you can't do a vaccine for this until you identify the specific virus.

FAUCI: Exactly. We need to prove what virus it is. We think it is an enterovirus D-68, this particular kind of virus, but we don't know for sure.

INGRAHAM: Here are the symptoms of that, sudden leg or arm weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, facial droop or weakness, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, children especially affected, correct?

FAUCI: Well, 90 percent of them are children. The average age is four years old.

INGRAHAM: Recovery?

FAUCI: Well, they don't necessarily recover completely. In fact, most of the children have some sort of residual paralysis or residual weakness, which is really very unfortunate, very tragic.

INGRAHAM: Dr. Fauci, thank you for these updates, and we will be tracking this with you, and come back soon.

FAUCI: Good to be with you, Laura.

INGRAHAM: Coming up, President Trump named the one thing he believes would qualify him for a 2020 loss, and it's not what you think. We'll be right back with the last bite.


INGRAHAM: It's the one issue that President Trump says if the Democrats drive it home, he deserves to lose.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT: I'm actually saying it's a wonderful thing. The Green New Deal done by a young bartender, 29-years- old. You don't allow airplanes anymore, so you can't get to Hawaii. We have to work or something. So somebody jokingly said we will build a train to Hawaii.

If they beat me with the Green New Deal, I deserve to lose.



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