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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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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

There’s more to the illegal immigration debate than just how to stop them from coming over. Once here, they’re figuring out how to stick around and grow as a future influence on the United States.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz sent this out on Twitter:

This is more than a problem we’re facing now. It’s becoming generational.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said he’d expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants. This is a lie.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said hed expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants This is a lie

Orange County, California, has an interesting choice to make. One of the hottest Congressional races in the nation pits incumbent Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) against Democrat Harley Rouda. Orange County has been one of the only Republican strongholds in the liberal state, but a district that voted for Hillary Clinton may also switch to have a Democrat representing them on Capitol Hill.

The problem with Rouda is that his version of the truth doesn’t always match the actual truth. A glaring example of this is how he handled two questions regarding providing health care to adult illegal immigrants.

When vying for the Democratic nomination, he appealed to the leftist view that “Medicare for all” should be expanded to “for all residents of the United States” regardless if they’re citizens or here illegally.

Now that the primary is over and he’s on to the general election, he’s denying that he ever said that.

Harley Rouda Supported Medicaid for Illegal Immigrants but Now Denies It

https://freebeacon.com/politics/harley-rouda-supported-medicaid-illegal-immigrants-now-denies/“Rohrabacher has said that you want to give MediCal to undocumented immigrants and that this goes against what the district wants,” editors from the publication said. “How would you respond to this idea that you don’t know what the district wants?”

MediCal is California’s Medicaid program for low income individuals and families.

“I’ve never said that,” Rouda responded. “The fact is, you could argue the United States has already paid for universal health care in the least efficient way possible—in the emergency room instead of through preventive care. We need to have basic levels of medical services available to all. Addressing undocumented immigrants in our country shouldn’t be done by withholding life-saving medication or healthcare services.”

Will one of the last bastions for rational conservative ideologies in California fall for a man who says one thing to his Democrats but change his story when speaking to a broader audience? Orange County needs Dana Rohrabacher to keep his seat.

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

The narrative by Democrats and mainstream media is that Republicans in general and conservatives in particular want to do everything they can to stop people seeking asylum in the United States. They even get painted as wanting to break up families and keep children separated from their parents.

This is why H.R. 6195 and S. 3091 are so important. The bills, introduced by Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), would keep children and their parents together while waiting for a hearing about their asylum status. It would also act to expedite the process for all asylum seekers while putting those with children on a faster track.

That certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of bill Republicans would introduce if you’re listening to mainstream media’s narrative. It also breaks the stereotype assigned to Tea Party favorites like Representative Brat and Senator Cruz.

Known as the “Protect Kids and Parents Act,” it would increase the number of authorized immigration judges as well as Homeland Security employees to allow for faster processing of more asylum applicants.

My Take

Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Senate version that was instantly attacked by leftist media. It wasn’t because of substance that the bill was attacked. It was because of the bill’s originators. It’s important to note that the “who” is more important than the “what” when it comes to media coverage.

For example, President Trump’s tariffs on China are straight out of Senators Chuck Schumer’s and Bernie Sanders’ playbooks. Schumer went so far as to reluctantly praise the President over it, but mainstream media and leftist news outlets continuously run stories about the negative effects of the President’s tariffs. Had the identical action been taken by President Obama, the media’s reaction would be the opposite of what it is today.

When Dave Bratt and Ted Cruz try to keep asylum-seeking families together, their motives are instantly questioned by leftist media because it doesn’t fit the stereotype attached to them. If substance mattered to the media, they’d support the bill.

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