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Let Trump’s amnesty sales pitch begin, suckers

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Let Trumps amnesty sales pitch begin suckers

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first few months of the Trump administration, it’s that you can’t blink. Things can change rapidly. Staffers can be hired and fired in days. “Repeal” can turn into “repeal and replace” before becoming “tweak and rebrand,” all setting up the endgame of “bail it out and set the stage for single-payer.” Up can become down. Left can become right.

Don’t blink now. You might miss “they’ve got to go” turning into “does anybody really want to throw them out?”

Let’s rewind a bit before getting into the meat of the subject. It’s 2015. Candidate Trump has already made waves declaring the need to get rid of murderers and rapists crossing our border illegally. Chuck Todd brings up DACA, prompting the dapper candidate to tell his journalist companion exactly what needs to be done about DREAMers.

“They have to go,” candidate Trump said.

Like a Jeopardy! answer with its associated question coming two years later, President Trump decided to ask:

A sucker is born every day. Trump knows this. That’s why he’s not too worried about making his sales pitch. He doesn’t have to sell it to most Americans. He simply has to placate his alt-right base enough that they won’t turn on him for very long (or will at least turn back to him by 2020 after countless drunken nights and a handful of hateful-sounding Trump Tweets). The sad part is that even before he responded to news that he’s making a deal with Chuck and Nancy to save DACA without at least trading it for his border wall, many of his most fervent supporters started defending him.

For the first split second that it took me to read past the first four words, I expected Hannity to say he’s disappointed in his golden boy. Then, the reality of his cult-like indoctrination became clear. He blames Republicans, those broken men and women on Capitol Hill who just won’t follow the chosen one’s lead.

That’s where we are today. Now, let’s look at what the future likely holds…

Prepping for the pitch

Most will assume that President Trump was blindsided by reports last night that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement declaring they’d made a deal with the President that would save DACA and not include funding for his border wall.

The narrative that this was not the case came a little later when Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared the joint release to be at least exaggerated and potentially false.

Finally, the President himself took to Twitter this morning to refute the claims of his dinner dates from the night before.

For someone who’s known for reckless Tweets and the occasional “covfefe,” this was a meticulously crafted non-denial. The deal wasn’t “made” last night, but it was agreed to by both parties. That’s why there was a release. The focus on “massive border security” is an important part of the coming sales pitch. Lastly, “Would be subject to vote” is the disclaimer to the original sentence that a deal wasn’t “made.”

In less than 140-characters, President Trump clarified murkily, established the primary talking point for the sales pitch, and established a fallback position of “I don’t make legislation” by reminding us all that it’s subject to a vote. He created plausible deniability while still cementing his stance that he’s strong on border security. Correction: MASSIVE border security.

If there was a Pulitzer Prize for Twitter, this Tweet would be a contender.

President Trump was not blindsided. He is generating anger that he can then tone down by doing three things:

  • Make a show out of how much border security will be improved/
  • Continue to declare that the wall will be built, just not as part of the DACA deal because that wouldn’t be very sporting, would it?
  • Guilt as many people in his base as possible into forgetting he wanted to deport DREAMers during the campaign.

He’s building up feelings of betrayal in his base so he can sooth them later. It’s like a husband telling his wife, “I cheated on you! Nah, just kidding. But seriously, I did have lunch with my ex-girlfriend today.” By doing this, it’ll soften the blow when he sells his real plan: amnesty.

The Pitch

This isn’t hard. Most Americans actually agree with the sentiment that these poor, innocent former children did nothing wrong and don’t deserve to be punished. Convincing the Breitbart crowd is the hard part, but Trump has been blessed with an ability to sell, sell, sell.

With every push for amnesty, he’ll add the border security caveat.

With every mention of DACA, he’ll point to Congress as having the ball in their court.

With every question about deportation, he’ll point to how deportations are already on the rise.

In other words, he’ll have an answer for everything. He’s a natural salesman.

The narrative is already in place. His closest media allies are going to do whatever they can to shift the blame to the “do nothing GOP Congress” while ignoring the fact that the leader of the GOP is the man they’re defending.

Most Republicans aren’t suckers. At least a good chunk of them were simply voting against Hillary Clinton. Even many of his real supporters weren’t as dogmatic on deportations as long as he’d secure the border. The only suckers are those Trump fans who believed until now that he wasn’t going to lurch to the left. Even now, most still think he’s playing 4D chess.

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Pirro: Democrats putting politics over people

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Following President Trump’s speech to America with his compromise offer to Democrats to secure the border and end the government shutdown, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro was in rare form as she went after Democrats for instantly rejecting the proposal. Her biggest target was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The President has requested funds in order to build a small portion of the border wall, render humanitarian assistance, improve drug detection technology, and hire 2,750 additional border patrol agents and 75 immigration judge teams. In exchange, he’s offering three years of extended protection for DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status.

Here was her response:

My Take

There are many conservatives who are against the proposal. Under normal circumstances, I would be as well. But we’re approaching a full month of the government shutdown. Enough is enough.


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Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall?

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Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall

The ball is back in the Democrats’ court. Some may say it’s been there the whole time. I do. Unfortunately, most Americans have bought into the leftist media narrative that the President is forcing the government shutdown to continue by not negotiating despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Nevertheless, the President has decided to make his compromise public. He took to national television to offer three years worth of protection to Dreamers.

Trump’s immigration offer brings polarized reactions from Dems and GOP

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-immigration-offer-brings-polarized-reactions-from-dems-and-gopPresident Trump’s immigration compromise package to end the partial government shutdown drew sharp reactions from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

In a televised White House address Saturday, Trump offered Democrats a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, in exchange for the $5.7 billion to fund a barrier along the southern border with Mexico.

The Democrats’ responses were predictable. They don’t want any deal that includes the border wall because they realize if they can keep the wall from going forward, it harms the President’s chances for reelection in 2020.

Period.

This has never been about helping immigrants. Democrats are willing to harm both Dreamers and 800,000 Americans hurt by the shutdown in order to make the President look bad for 2020. They’re a disgrace to our nation’s government. Build the wall.


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No national emergency declaration: Trump’s “major announcement” will be an offer Democrats can’t refuse

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No national emergency declaration Trumps major announcement will be an offer Democrats cant refuse

This may be the best news I’ve heard all day (yes, even better than learning the Buzzfeed story was debunked, though that was pretty awesome as well). According to multiple outlets, the President will NOT be declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall and end the government shutdown. Instead he will be making Democrats an offer on live television to get the wall funded while dangling an incentive that he hopes will push Democrats to the negotiating table.

I’ll admit up front that I didn’t see this coming. I even went so far as to scold the President prematurely for declaring a national emergency, which apparently he is not. As I’ve always said, I will praise him when he does well and criticize him when he does poorly. Unless this report is wrong, I’ll happily praise him… unless his offer is too much.

What might be offered? Perhaps the DACA fix he didn’t want to do when Senator Chuck Schumer shut down the government last year. Maybe he’ll throw them a curve ball and offer some sort of boost to environmental efforts. Perhaps it’ll be adding more humanitarian aid to his border security package, greatly increasing the size and manpower of facilities that hold and process illegal immigrants and migrant seekers.

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a DACA fix. Then again, I would have also put my money on him declaring a national emergency, and it seems I would have lost that bet.

Whatever the offer is, it’ll need to be something that will make the Democrats look poorly to Independents and moderate Democrats if they don’t take it while not being so much that his base will feel betrayed by the offer.

Assuming this pans out as expected, I owe the President an apology for assuming the worst. Instead of the worst, this may be the best case scenario and as long as he’s not giving up too much, may also be the best move of his presidency.


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