(National Sentinel) Politics & Such: In the wake of President Donald J. Trump’s “deal” with Democratic leaders over immigration reform — specifically, the “Dreamers” program initiated unconstitutionally by his predecessor — there is consternation, hand-wringing, and outright anger from the Right, from his base, and from some Republicans.
Many are of the opinion that Trump has suddenly sold them out, and that his decision to “trust” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and “give Democrats what they want” — hundreds of thousands of new voters — is a huge slap in the face to his base.
This is not a time for anger at Trump, and it certainly isn’t a time to give up on him. We’ll explain.
First, Pelosi and Schumer. While the president may not know who Nancy Pelosi really is, he knows what she is: A partisan, Left-wing hack and seasoned politician who would sell out her mother for a progressive cause. As for Schumer, he knows him — personally. They grew up in similar neighborhoods in New York City and Trump has contributed to Schumer’s campaigns in the past. He may not agree with Schumer all the time but he at least knows who (and what) he is.
As for the DACA “deal,” nothing’s been made/settled/passed yet. We can’t get angry at Trump for doing what Obama should have done: Allow Congress to constitutionally pass immigration reform legislation (or not), and then sign it (or veto it). What Obama did was impeachable, and in other circumstances (like having a Congress filled with elected leaders who jealously guard Legislative Branch power) he may have been. DACA was going to court; 10 states were suing the federal government over its constitutionality and word was they were likely to win. Trump would have been forced into a position of defending an unconstitutional program or allowing it to lapse.
And speaking of that, Trump will let it lapse — in six months. In a half a year the program goes away if Congress doesn’t pass legislation enshrining it into law. Trump would still have to sign it, and there are indications he will. But he’s always voiced a soft spot for the Dreamers. What he is doing is ensuring they get some sort of legalized status which, let’s face it, was always going to happen.
Plus, we don’t know what that final piece of legislation will look like; it may not include “citizenship” (in which case it’s not an amnesty in the true sense of the word). And Trump said yesterday he isn’t talking about amnesty, and that the wall will come. [Note: What isn’t being reported much is that Trump told reporters the design for his promised wall has not yet been selected; there are four designs and no final decision on any of them has been made — so there’s that.]
Why did he “deal” with Democrats? Well, ask yourself this question: When was the last time Republicans sat down with Trump and delivered on promises all of them made during the last campaigns? Answer: Never. They have fought him almost as much as Democrats have.
There is also this. Trump has delivered as many of his promises as he can: Cutting regulations, curbing Obamacare rules, nominating conservatives for judicial appointments, sticking to his pledge to build up the military — and continuing to push for the things he promised during his campaign, like jobs, lower taxes, and infrastructure spending, all of which he needs Congress‘ help to accomplish.
During his brief tenure as White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci told Breitbart News Trump’s campaign promises are his number one objectives.
“We have a list of campaign promises that are up on [top aide to President Donald J. Trump and former Breitbart chief] Steve Bannon’s wall and we’re going right through those campaign promises and so that we can tell the American people that we are citizen politicians … we’re not career politicians or establishment players that just want to sit in Washington and milk the system,” he said.
When and where he can, Trump has delivered on his campaign pledges. Even repealing DACA was a campaign promise that he kept. Throw in a dramatically improving economy, and we’d say the president’s doing pretty well — in spite of being viciously assailed every minute of every day by his critics in an unprecedented manner.
No president, like no other human being, is perfect. Trump’s politics are what they are; he’s resolutely focused on getting things done. And he’s getting things done; it’s the rest of Washington that keeps getting in his way.
We don’t yet know what a final DACA bill will look like, but Trump’s campaign apparatus tweeted out earlier today:
We will BUILD A WALL to STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. To keep us safe. Dems & FAKE NEWS need a reminder!
Nothing happens in D.C. quickly — we all know that. And we also know that Trump is just what Scaramucci described, a “citizen-president” who didn’t run for president just to become part of the corrupt D.C. swamp.
There will be times when we don’t agree with all that he does, but one thing is patently clear: He is a helluva lot better than Hillary Clinton would have been.
Let that sink in before you start burning your “Make America Great Again” hat.
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