Conservative journalist calls Trump border rhetoric the 'Vesuvius of misinformation'

Conservative journalist Charlie Sykes referred to President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's rhetoric on his long-promised border wall as the Mount "Vesuvius of misinformation" in an interview Thursday on "Rising."

"Here is the Vesuvius of misinformation here, the fact is, the wall will not stop drugs. It will not stop crime. It will not be effective," Sykes, editor-in-chief of the Bulwark and vocal Trump critic, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons.  

"Most of the drugs come through the ports of entry," he continued. 

"The president of the United States, because he told folks at a rally he was going to build a wall, and Mexico was going to pay for it has now shut down the federal government over this one issue," he said. 

Trump has argued since he launched his presidential campaign in 2015 that a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would curb the flow of drugs, illegal immigrants, and human trafficking into the U.S. 

He has recently maintained that the lack of a physical barrier in large swaths of the border has caused a humanitarian crisis, and has demanded $5.7 billion in funding for the wall. 

However, congressional Democrats have not budged on giving Trump the funding, offering $1.3 billion in border security measures. 

The impasse has resulted in the historic partial government shutdown, which was in its 34th day on Thursday. 

— Julia Manchester