FOX NEWS FIRST: Dem hypocrisy on display as Trump targets birthright citizenship; Kanye feels 'used'

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Developing now, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

  • President Trump sparked debate and liberal outrage by indicating his intent to end birthright citizenship through an executive order. But Republicans point to a 1993 speech by a former top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, to show that Dems were once against birthright citizenship
  • The U.S. Border Patrol reportedly has warned Texas landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border that armed civilians may be in the area because of the migrant caravan approaching the U.S. 
  • President Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed in a shooting massacre, and they were greeted with protests
  • CNN is under fire for allowing its guests to make increasingly outrageous and irresponsible claims about Trump following last week's alleged mail bombing attempt and synagogue massacre
  • Kanye West stunned observers by suggesting in a tweet that he was going to be less involved with politics
  • The Indonesian jet that crashed with 189 people on board Monday may have been found early Wednesday, officials say

THE LEAD STORY - DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRISY ON BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP EXPOSED: President Trump ignited a national debate when, while speaking to "Axios on HBO," he announced his intention to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship, which he called "ridiculous" ... However, top Republicans are pointing to a 1993 speech by then-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, in which the future Democratic Senate majority leader argued that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born on its soil and promoted his own legislation to end the practice. In his speech, Reid advocated passing a law that would grant citizenship only to the children of mothers in the U.S. legally. Reid reversed his position in 1999, shortly after the powerful union group AFL-CIO changed its position to support birthright citizenship.

Within hours of the Reid clip surfacing Tuesday, Republican leaders were quick to highlight Democrats' changing tune on immigration. "Stopping the flow of illegal immigration used to be a bipartisan issue," Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman, wrote on Twitter. "But the Democrat leaders of today want to abolish ICE and open our borders." Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reposted an article about Reid's speech.  - Reported by Gregg Re. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re

'POSSIBLE ARMED CIVILIANS' AT THE BORDER: The U.S. Border Patrol this week reportedly told Texas landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border to prepare for a possible influx of "armed civilians" on their property as the migrant caravan moves closer to the U.S., a report said ... The Associated Press reported that these civilians say they intend to support the National Guard and Border Patrol to prevent the illegal migrants from crossing into the U.S. But some see the move as a negative, arguing that the armed civilians' presence would add even more tension should there be a confrontation. - Reported by Edmund Demarche. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: TRUMP PAYS RESPECT IN PITTSBURGH, BUT IS NOT WELCOME - President Trump visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed and six others were injured in a mass shooting Saturday over the objections of local officials who said this was not the time for him to come to the city ... Trump, his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner arrived Tuesday afternoon. No local dignitaries met them at the airport. A spokesman for Pittsburgh's Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, claimed that the city did not have enough police to "provide enough protection at the funerals and to be able at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit.”

Two large demonstrations coincided with Trump's visit to the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where Saturday's massacre unfolded. One of the groups organizing the protest said they had three primary goals: educating the public on the Jewish grieving process, demonstrating that anti-Semitism is not acceptable in Pittsburgh and sending a message that President Trump is not welcome in the city. - Reported by Barnini Chakraborty. Follow her on Twitter @Barnini.

CNN'S NEW LOWS: CNN and anchor Jake Tapper are under fire for remaining silent when a guest on his program declared that President Trump had radicalized more people than ISIS ... Hours later, CNN’s Don Lemon drew the ire of Majority Whip Steve Scalise by declaring that Democrats don’t kill people, completing a 24-hour span being labeled CNN’s “new low” by critics. CNN has preached a call for civility since its New York headquarters was evacuated when a pipe bomb was found in the mailroom last week. But critics feel the network only cares about hate speech when it comes from the right.

This theory came to a head when controversial GQ Magazine columnist Julia Ioffe was on Tapper's show, “The Lead,” on Monday during a heated debate about hateful rhetoric. “I think this president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” Ioffe said. Tapper did not chime in, but David Urban, the panel’s token conservative, didn’t appreciate the remark. - Reported by Brian Flood. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

YE 'DISTANCING' HIMSELF: Kanye West took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal he's had enough of politics ... The outspoken fan of President Trump tweeted: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!” What caused the change of heart? It's not entirely clear. In another tweet, he referenced "Blexit" – a campaign developed by conservative activist Candace Owens aiming to move African-American voters away from the Democratic Party. Owens is communications director for the right-leaning Turning Point USA. In a tweet, the rapper insisted that he hadn’t wanted any involvement with Blexit, and didn't design the logo on its clothing, despite her claims that he did. - Reported by Elizabeth Zwirz.

CRASHED PLANE MAY BE FOUND: Indonesian military officials say the Lion Air jet that crashed Monday with 189 people aboard may have been found in the Java Sea ... Hadi Tjahjanto, the armed forces chief, said a search and rescue team had identified the possible seabed location of the jet. Navy officer Harris Djoko Nugroho said the 72-foot long object is at a depth of 105 feet. He said divers will be deployed after side-scan sonar has produced more detailed images. The team had previously found debris and some human remains from the wreckage but not the main fuselage and the black boxes. - Reported by Bradford Betz. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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