GOP's Crenshaw offers 'border denialism' definition amid shutdown negotiations

Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP's Crenshaw would debate Ocasio-Cortez: I'd ask questions 'you wish journalists would ask' GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall MORE (R-Texas) on Saturday took to Twitter to offer a definition of "border denialism" as the government remains partially shut down while lawmakers are at odds over President TrumpDonald John TrumpShutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold Howard Schultz advisers exploring possible 2020 independent bid: report Special counsel issues rare statement disputing BuzzFeed's Cohen report MORE's request for a border wall.

Crenshaw said the definition of "border denialism" includes believing barriers can easily be climbed over and believing there isn't an immigration problem.


"Definition of Border Denialism: 1) The belief that physical barriers can simply be 'climbed over'…just like that. 2) The belief that there’s 'no real problem' on the border because 400,000 illegals apprehended on border per year is 'insignificant,' " he tweeted.

"3) The belief that because you can't put a wall everywhere (i.e. the Rio Grande), that you should, therefore, put a wall nowhere," he added.

The partial government shutdown is currently in its third week, with lawmakers unable to reach an agreement over Trump's border wall request.

There have been few indications in recent days that the shutdown is nearing an end, as Trump has continued to pledge that he will only sign a bill that includes wall funding. Democrats, meanwhile, have vowed not to approve any funding for a wall.