Battered, bruised and overwhelmed, Donald Trump faces a grim actuality. Halfway through his time interval, his presidency is at low tide.
The polls have cratered and his compulsory retreat over using a shutdown to get wall funding had some erstwhile supporters spitting venom at him.
His normal tormentors, within the meantime, are utilizing extreme. Nancy Pelosi drew her first blood as speaker, Chuck Schumer saved Senate Dems in line and the anti-Trump media are celebrating the president’s ache.
If that weren’t problem adequate, specific counsel Robert Mueller is nonetheless scalp-hunting. His indictment of Roger Stone, whereas not dinging Trump immediately, retains the Russia, Russia, Russia pot boiling and presents House Dems additional grist for his or her pile-on probes.
It doesn’t help that, ethics-wise, Stone now joins Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen in giving Trump’s former circle a resemblance to the freakish bar scene in “Star Wars.”
Still, Trump is not the first president to position himself behind the eight ball. Sooner or later, all of them do.
The drawback now is a clear-eyed acceptance of actuality and laser-like focus on the essential factor question: What is my presidency for?
It’s not a metaphysical quiz. The purpose is to separate actuality from fantasy and see what stays doable in delicate of the nationwide mood and the 2020 calendar.
What Trump cares about most, and what he should dedicate the rest of his presidency to, is obvious: fixing the immigration catastrophe, with border security the essential first step.
In large measure, it is why he ran and why he was elected. It is the middle of America First.
That’s not to say he should jettison the hunt for larger commerce presents and the highest of North Korean nukes, although abroad governments, understanding Trump’s predicament, will elevate the worth on any agreements.
But he, like all presidents, will rise or fall on house factors, and legislative victories at home in the meanwhile are unimaginable. Pelosi and Schumer are afraid of their event’s radicals, so probably the most safe path for them always could be “no.”
While that leaves Trump little room to maneuver, it paradoxically components the one method forward. Because there is nothing he can do to please the half of the nation that hates him, he ought to do all of the items he can to win once more these which were with him until the shutdown dragged on.
The longest in historic previous, it worth him about 10 components inside the polls. I contemplate most of those people may very well be gained once more if he stays the course on border security whereas rising the focus previous the wall and violent crime.
Especially by means of the three-week window for negotiations, Trump ought to get out of Washington and make clear to most of the people the long-term cultural and financial stakes of porous borders.
He made a start inside the Rose Garden Friday, saying boundaries not solely keep medication and criminals out, moreover they “save good people from attempting a very dangerous journey from other countries — thousands of miles — because they think they have a glimmer of hope of coming through.”
He talked of upper know-how and “desperately needed humanitarian assistance for those being exploited and abused by coyotes, smugglers, and the dangerous journey north.”
And he made sense by noting that the numbers are so large — 60,000 apprehended in each of the ultimate three months, he said — that “the tremendous economic and financial burdens of illegal immigration fall on the shoulders of low-income Americans.”
All true, and there is far more to say regarding the corrosive influence illegal immigration has on American life, significantly the promise that we’re a nation of authorized tips. Sadly, that declare is turning into null and void.
Large numbers are crossing illegally every single day, with patrol brokers in Arizona saying that one group that tunneled beneath a fence included 376 people, virtually 200 of them beneath age 18.
All 376 utilized for asylum, and after being processed, have been scattered all through America.
ABC News interviewed various inside the group from Guatemala, along with an individual who said he paid $5,000 to coyotes and that it took him and his 12-year-old daughter eight days to get to the border. They had a airplane ticket for San Diego.
Nearby, a mother and two daughters have been going to Cincinnati. They moreover said they spent eight days touring, completely on buses.
They might be part of the 800,000 already prepared for asylum hearings, a backlog that grows by the day. Most will not ever current up for hearings, and few who skip will ever be arrested till they commit a federal felony. They arrived in America illegally, and will be part of 1000’s and 1000’s residing inside the shadows.
Yet for a lot of, that life could be a lot better than life inside the hellhole nations they fled, significantly now as Democrats intention to erase distinctions between approved and illegal immigrants.
Sanctuary cities present free properly being care and decreased school tuitions and plenty of blue states give all comers the correct to driver’s licenses. There are moreover efforts to allow illegal immigrants to vote in native elections.
Pelosi and Schumer, who beforehand voted for the partitions they now denounce, deny they assist open borders, but their refusal to assist boundaries is virtually the an identical issue. With the border virtually 2,000 miles prolonged, boundaries are essential at many components.
Trump can say all right now after day in metropolis after metropolis, and it might change nothing. So be it. He nonetheless has, as he said as soon as extra Saturday, the avenue of declaring an emergency and using totally different funds.
He moreover may match with private groups trying to spice up money through contributions. Kris Kobach, the earlier Kansas secretary of state, is advising one group, “We Build the Wall,’’ and he knowledgeable The New York Times the president gave the enterprise his blessing.
No one can know what, if one thing, will obtain Trump a second time interval. But usually the essential factor to profitable is behaving as if there is one factor worse than dropping. In Trump’s case, which may be giving up on securing the border and failing to position America first.
Notre Dame’s hypocrisy
After Notre Dame University surrendered to political correctness and launched it’d cowl 19th century murals of Christopher Columbus following Native American protests, a very good buddy smells hypocrisy.
He writes: “The bizarre factor is that ND gave an honorary diploma to the disgraced Cardinal McCarrick and has not rescinded it, not like different faculties. So ND is comfortable with McCarrick but ashamed of Columbus.”
Not having fun with fare
The battle over the subways will get curiouser and curiouser. At the route of Gov. Cuomo, the MTA board delay a fare-hike vote, saying riders deserve larger service sooner than paying additional.
Yet Cuomo is nonetheless pushing a draconian congestion-pricing plan, with earnings going to the subways.
In totally different phrases, drivers should pay additional to fund the failing subways so exact riders don’t have to.