Many of the people who represent us on Capitol Hill are known for badgering witnesses they call to testify before their committees. Depending on their perspectives of a particular topic, they have been known to attempt to ask “gotcha” questions designed to corner witnesses into admitting things that back the political worldview of the person asking the questions. On occasion, such attempts do not end well.
Sometimes, they come out of it looking foolish.
Such is the case with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI). While attempting to lead her witness down a path focusing on the prioritization of deportation orders for illegal immigrants, she attempted to ask questions that led to her presupposed conclusion. But in doing so, she failed to find clarity in even the simplest of topics: what constitutes illegal immigration status.
In this Blaze video, the Senator seems to have trouble understanding that those who are in the country illegally are considered to be illegal immigrants. It makes for an awkward series of questions and answers.