The next presidential election is three years away. Three years … that is 34 months … it is 146 weeks … it is 1,021 days. And I think it is a safe bet that Donald Trump will not be the Republican candidate by that time. However, today, January 20th, he released a campaign ad. This is the ‘man’ whose interference and bombast arguably caused the government of the United States to shut down just over 24 hours ago. And rather than trying to bring some cohesion to the two parties in Congress, rather than trying to ensure that there is minimal disruption of essential services, rather than trying to calm the populace, he is running his ghost campaign for 2020!
Trump’s ad starts with an immigration officer bragging about killing immigrants, and then it goes on to say we must build his shameful wall in order to stop these murders. As If he cares a whit about the lives of immigrants, for he does not. Then at the end, he says that Democrats that stand in his way of building a wall along the southern border “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.” A few points here:
- Trump never intended to build the wall … it was merely a ploy to get the support of those who believe that immigration is such a problem as to be a threat to their safety and lifestyle. The evidence of this lies in his phone call to Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto on 27 January 2017, in which he clearly said that the wall was “the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically…the most important.” He said that he needed Peña Nieto to stop saying publicly that Mexico would not pay for the wall, as it was making him (Trump) look bad.
- On Friday, in an effort to come to some terms, even bad terms, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the White House and offered to support funding for a border wall in exchange for inclusion of DACA in the spending bill. Other key Democrats also agreed to include funding for the wall, even though all still oppose it. Trump did not even bother to speak to Schumer, but rejected the deal through his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, who said the offer to fund a wall was not enough. Make no mistake, friends … Donald Trump single-handedly brought about this shutdown of our government. Intentionally, and with malice aforethought.
- Donald Trump does not care about the lives of immigrants. He doesn’t care about your life or mine, let alone those of people who he has referred to as being ‘criminals and rapists’. Donald Trump no doubt applauded that immigration officer for murdering people who were not WASPs, for Donald Trump is, by any standard, a bigot and a racist.
- Illegal immigration via our southern border is not among our biggest national problems, and the cost of the wall would be overkill by any standard. Experts have stated that the wall would be expensive and ineffective, and it will have a negative effect on the economies of Mexico and of our border states as tourism dwindles. Trump told his supporters that Mexico would be paying for the wall, which most of us, including Trump himself, knew was not going to happen, but now he is asking you and I, as well as his own supporters, to pay for the abominable wall.
I wrote earlier this week that Trump would ensure that there is a shutdown so that he can swoop in and somehow end it, claiming all credit. I still believe that is his goal, and was all along. Consider a few of his morning tweets yesterday … …
“This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present.” – 6:33 AM – Jan 20, 2018
“Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.” – 6:17 AM – 20 Jan 2018
“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” – 9:27 AM – 20 Jan 2018
And the one that made me throw my magnifying glass across the room:
“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” – 1:51 PM – 20 Jan 2018
The Women’s Marches that took place around the nation yesterday were in protest of Donald Trump, not in support of. I am sure that Trump is well aware of that.
This shutdown will cost the taxpayers approximately $6.5 billion for every week we cannot pay our debt. It will result in people not getting paid, and will ultimately take a toll on the economy. This is not the fault of the Democrats, but of Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress who have enabled this poor excuse for a president. Donald Trump is a racist who cares more about keeping non-white immigrants out of the country than he does about keeping basic government services operational.