In the days and weeks leading up to Friday’s national emergency declaration, the focus of the talking points for President Trump and his spokepeople/surrogates was the ongoing humanitarian crisis. This crisis, and the need to actually HELP people in crisis, has been a key talking point on the left (and among the few rational people remaining on the right) since as early as June 2018. The New Yorker described it best then by discussing an interview condiucted with a migrant mother who was separated by her children under President Trump’s enhanced border enforcement policies.
“I’ve never been away from my kids before. Now they’re with people they don’t know, in a place they don’t know. The mothers here—there are a lot of us. And none of us have our kids. We’re all crying and crying. Time passes. It’s like we’re not alive without them. The gangs will get us if we get deported.I’ll be killed before I can see my kids again. At home, it’s like you’re dead even while you’re still alive.”
Apparently, President Trump and his team only chose to highlight the humanitarian crisis (a crisis HE caused, by the way) in an effort to woo moderates willing to compromise and join with Republicans to meet his demands. In other words, he did what Donald Trump always does: he negotiated in bad faith.
Today, in the Rose Garden when announcing the emergency declaration, Trump returned to his favorite talking points.
“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it one way or the other. It’s an invasion. We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country.”
Remember June 16, 2015? It was the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president.
Trump said this:
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”
Well, Mexico did not pay for the wall. And Congress would not pay for the wall. America lost $12 billion due to the Trump shutdown, so in a way the American taxpayers already paid for the wall. We just did not get one. But now, Trump will take the money for the wall from drug interdiction funds, and asset forfeiture funds (both supposed to be used to fight the very flow of drugs he describes). And he will take money that was allocated to construct housing and mess halls and community centers on military bases, stealing money out of the lives of the very soldiers he professes to value so much.
Because you know why? At the end of the day, Donald Trump has only ever cared about himself and his selfish wants.
Nearly four years ago, candidate Trump railed against those seeking asylum and a better life in the United States. It became the foundation for his campaign and a key motivator of the base which propelled him to victory. Clearly, the 2020 campaign is underway as today Trump returned to his stump speech.
At least this time he only called the migrants criminals and drug mules but not rapists.
Maybe the guy is getting soft in his old age?