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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.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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