When the Gazette queried then-Rep. Steve Knight about Donald Trump, Knight’s responses often were carefully thought out and measured. He didn’t want to offend the president – or the Republican Party – but he also sometimes disagreed with the president, such as when Knight asserted his belief that Russia had interfered with the 2016 election.
Katie Hill might also carefully think out her answers, but she left no doubt that she disagrees with Trump.
“Our President is lying to the American people and I am not okay with that,” Hill said in emailed comments.
The Gazette posed questions to Hill (D-Agua Dulce) about Trump, his policies, the border wall, impeachment and comments two of her fellow freshman congresswomen made on the matter.
She didn’t answer every question, such as her opinions on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) call to “impeach the mother—-r” or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) calling out the Republican hypocrisy over Tlaib’s comments (the Gazette asked these questions because Hill is a freshman-class liaison to House leadership). Nor did she directly answer whether she’s against Trump the man, Trump’s policies or both.
But she made it clear that her responses would, unsurprisingly, be directly opposite her predecessor’s.
Trump has long wanted a wall along the southern border, even taking to the public airwaves Tuesday to call for it. While polls have shown most Americans oppose it, there are some news reports that show border agents think it’s necessary; other reports say agents believe the real solution lies in improved technology.
Hill says she’s more than willing to “work across the aisle on border security to ensure that our communities are kept safe and that those seeking asylum are given the opportunity of safe haven, while at the same time keeping drugs, sex trafficking, and gang violence out of this country.”
But she seems against the wall, and against the government shutdown, for which she blames Trump.
“We need to increase funding for border security — we severely lack the number of Border Patrol agents and asylum caseworkers we need. Investments in our security include increased personnel and modernized technology,” she said. “That being said, the President holding the paychecks of American workers hostage when he doesn’t get his way, is not a way to lead and it’s hurting our community, right here at home. … I look forward to working across the aisle on long-term immigration and border security solutions as soon as we reopen the government and give American workers the respect and pay that they’re due.”
The Constitution grants the House the power to impeach a president on only three grounds: treason, bribery and high crimes and misdemeanors. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Northridge) has tried introducing articles of impeachment; Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has resisted, saying she wants to wait until the Mueller report comes out.
Hill said making sure Mueller can do his job is more important right now.
“Impeachment is the wrong conversation to be having right now — we need to fully protect the Mueller investigation so it is allowed to proceed and then act based on what we learn from its outcome,” she said.