The news that Donald J Trump may be “Dealing” with the arch devils and Democratic leaders Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in bringing the DACA children into permanent legal status in the United States has sent many of his loyal followers into white hot anger and unholy despair.
As the Great One Jackie Gleason would say “how sweet it is!”
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the GOP’s biggest immigration hawks: “If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair…No promise is credible.”
Conservative polemicist Ann Coulter: “At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?”
Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs: “Deep State Wins, Huge Loss for #MAGA.”
Breitbart News: “Amnesty Don”
The best came from, yes, Fox News host Sean Hannity, who never finds any fault with Donald J Trump and, unlike many others, blames not him, but guess who:
Hannity: “Well Mitch GREAT JOB! You failed so miserably with Healthcare and ‘excessive expectations’ now @POTUS has to deal with Dem Leaders! I blame R’s. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of political suicide — IF TRUE.”
Why all this rage and gnashing of political teeth? Apparently, these people so desperately want to expel every person who is here illegally including the children who were brought here by their parents that the thought that Trump would agree with the Democrats to let them stay is just too much for their hard hearts and blighted souls.
And what to say to them? Two things.
First, a renunciation and condemnation of their attitude toward these DACA children. Let us say to them in the words of the great lawyer Joseph Welch who admonished the red baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy so many years ago:
“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
Second, a warning that they will see Trump do this type of thing again and again which, for the rest of us, may be salutary.
His so-called “Base” is only beginning to wake up to what many of us who have known and watched him for thirty plus years learned long ago. That is, he will say or do anything at any moment that he believes will enhance the adulation and worship that he craves so badly, needs so badly. He must always be a “winner.”
It would be great to believe Donald J Trump has had that epiphany which has brought him into the “light” but it won’t happen. Yes, he may “Deal” with the Devils as far as his Base is concerned but he doesn’t care. He understands the “push back” from the majority of Americans to the truly obscene policy of uprooting and expelling the Children and therefore is happy to change his position on the matter and receive their praise and thanks. Donald J Trump has no core principle on which he will stand save one: His own self-aggrandizement!
And what is the Deal? It appears that both sides say Trump did not agree to forget building the Wall. Only to agree that in a Deal to legitimize the Children’s presence he would not push for Wall money. But in the future?
After all, Trump’s First Big campaign promise was to build a Wall across our entire Southern border, small portions of which already have some fencing and walls. The two chants heard at his rallies were “Build the Wall” and “Lock her up.”
So, is he merely saying Not Now for Wall Money but Later?
Well, as Harry Truman was wont to say, “let’s look at the record.”
In the Continuing Resolution last Spring to keep funding the Federal Government Trump agreed not to push for money for the Wall.
Just days ago in the Resolution that extends Government financing until this December he agreed not to push for money for the Wall.
Now it looks like in a Deal with Schumer/Pelosi he will agree not to push for money for the Wall as the price for regularizing the Children’s presence.
The “read” on his continuing delay on standing for the Wall is this. Trump sees that even this Congress is not going to appropriate billions and billions of dollars to build a Wall all along our Southern border, so, he is accommodating to the reality. And as long as he continues to say that someday he will insist on building a Wall (just not today) he can continue to assure his Base that he will not break his campaign promise but more importantly, he will not have to acknowledge that he is not a winner but a loser!
Only he will be a loser two fold. First, no Wall. And Second, sooner than later his Base will realize what has happened and then what? One shivers to speculate. Except there is always Sean Hannity to alibi for him, a lonely voice crying in the Con Man’s wilderness.
Of course, all that we now see can be erased in the twinkling of the next “tweet.” Except for that one Principle he will never abandon (himself), nothing is sure about Donald J Trump.
It is best just to use the old phrase in my former business:
PS – And what about that other chant “Lock her Up?” Oh, never mind.