Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) told Fox News that the overwhelming majority of calls his office is receiving are from constituents who support President Donald Trump’s border wall.
“From what I can tell, they’re still hanging with the president. Today, we got 67 calls for building the wall and five against. So, sounds to me like he’s still pretty popular,” Peterson said in an interview last week.
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In another interview with Bloomberg, Peterson revealed that he’s not actually opposed to Trump’s wall, and said he believes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “should negotiate.”
During Trump’s Tuesday night Oval Office address, he urged every American citizen to “call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border.”
“This is a choice between right and wrong. Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve,” Trump said.
“Look, you don’t do calls to action. But for heaven’s sake, your listeners need to know: if there’s ever a day that they need to call their congressman, call their senators, today’s the day,” Pence said. “Tell them you stand with the president. Call their Democrat elected officials and tell them that they need to come to the table, they need to roll their sleeves up, and they need to go work to secure our border.”
Peterson, notably, was the only member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party to hold on to a rural congressional district in Minnesota during the midterms. His district, Minnesota Seven, went to Trump by 30 points in the 2016 presidential election.
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