Daily Recap — June 20

 

 

THE WHINERS WIN AGAIN

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Looks like President Phone-and-a-Pen is back.

PDT signed an executive order intended to end family separations at the southern border, giving in to days of screaming orchestrated by the political/media complex.

He told reporters in the Oval Office before signing the document that his “zero tolerance” policy against illegal border crossing will remain in place, but that the order allows children and their parents to remain together in custody.

“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” adding: “You’re going to have a lot of happy people.”


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The decision surprised many people, which is understandable since PDT  claimed for more than a week that his hands were tied by federal laws and court rulings from stopping the separation of families apprehended at the border.

“Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen just a day ago. She didn’t address the change in outlook when standing next to PDT at the Resolute Desk during today’s signing,.

The change in direction likely came as a result of days of blanket news coverage featuring images of young children crying and being held in detention centers near the border.

Everyone all the way up to Pope Francis, who called family separation “immoral,” was sure to virtue-signal so that everyone knew that they didn’t support the sadistic policies of boogey man Trump. RINOs criticized the practice as “cruel” and expressed concern that the issue would affect them in the November midterms (which was really their only concern).

 

First lady Melania also played a role in changing the president’s mind.

One White House official said Melania “has been sharing her opinion with her husband for several days, feeling it important to do all he can to keep families together whether through legislative action or something on his own.”

And of course Ivanka had to make her feelings known because, God knows, her opinion is of paramount importance.

“Ivanka feels very strongly,” Trump said. “My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. We don’t like to see families separated.”

Of course, the facts on the ground make the situation a bit more complicated than “you don’t have a heart if you let kids get separated.” Just as with the Second Amendment controversy, in which PDT shamefully and ignorantly accused gun rights advocates in Congress of “being afraid of the NRA,” he seems to have once again embraced the talking points of the Left in order to appease the mob.

I absolutely hate when he does that.

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WHAT DOES THE ORDER DO?

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It calls on DHS to (hashtag) keep families together while people await trial for illegal border crossing, except in cases where there is a concern that parents “would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.”

It also urges the Justice Department to expedite immigration cases involving families and asks the Pentagon to provide space on military installations to house families.

Hey, since the military is now working with the government on immigration policy, maybe we can get the Army Corps of Engineers to build the damn wall!

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SO WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE?

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There are a couple possibilities.

As everyone who’s remotely familiar with my thinking knows, I’m a huge proponent of Occam’s razor. It’s a problem-solving principle that, when presented with competing hypothetical answers to a problem, one should select the answer that makes the fewest assumptions.

In other words, the simpler the answer, the more likely it is to be correct.

In this case, the simplest explanation is that PDT saw the media coverage he was receiving at the border and judged it to be untenable for his political future, especially for the upcoming midterms.

He tried the narrative of not being able to do anything (though technically he’s correct, if you actually care about the rule of law). It didn’t work. Audio was released of some kid crying, although I’ve read pretty reliable reports that those kids were being coached. Of course, kids don’t need coaching for that sort of thing. Kids do cry when things like arrests happen. It’s a sad situation to be sure. Is it sad enough to give them special rights that American kids don’t have? No. But it’s sad nonetheless. And crying kids are very bad politically.

Thus, our first option is that PDT is merely saving skin politically.

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Then, we have everyone’s favorite: the 4-D Chess option.

Typically, when someone says “4-D Chess,” they’re tying themselves into a pretzel trying to justify something stupid. And it typically requires about 20 logical leaps. Needless to say, it’s like nails on the chalkboard to me.

However, in examining all the possible strategies for this latest move, there is one 4-D hypothesis that I find to be at least somewhat logically sound:

Could the EO signed by Trump today be designed to fail?

By all appearances, the document violates a 1997 court ruling known as the Flores settlement that sets the conditions for children who are apprehended crossing the border. Under rules stemming from that settlement, children who are accompanied by parents cannot be held in custody for more than 20 days. Obviously, if children accompanied by parents can’t be held more than 20 days, something will have to give. 

PDT ordered Keebler Jeff to request a change to the settlement that allows the government “to detain alien families together” for the duration of their legal proceedings for illegal entry, asylum or deportation.

Regardless, Trump’s order stands a very high chance of facing legal challenges from immigrant rights groups who say the 1997 settlement is crucial for protecting child welfare.

The reality is, PDT can’t end the separation of parents at the border without violating existing law. Yes, what he did today was illegal, just as Barry committed an illegal act with DACA. Presidents can’t simply usurp law.

Ironically, the separation policy began thanks to an Barry-era policy of keeping children together with parents — and the friggin Ninth Circuit ruled that violated the Flores agreement and was inhumane. 

So if we separate kids from parents, we’re evil. And if we keep them together — guess what! — we’re still evil. It’s a true damned-if-you-don’t/damned-if-you don’t situation. And one that must ultimately be worked out by Congress.

But I wonder if it’s a situation PDT is looking to exploit. What I mean is, this situation will come to a head and action will be forced one way or the other. And when it is, what will happen? Are we just going to release illegal crossers altogether if they manage to bring a kid along for the journey? Trump says he won’t allow it. I believe him on that point because he knows it would be the end of his presidency. 

So, is PDT using this order to put a spotlight on the issue and force Democrats to overtly support open borders?

Here is what the TV pundits won’t tell you: while a majority of people are soft-hearted about kids being separated and Dacamanians being allowed to stay, a healthy majority also wants heavy border security. Rather than working to fix the issue in a bipartisan way, Dims have wanted to keep this issue alive for the midterms because they believe they can put out soundbites of kids crying all the way through summer and eventually to their November victory.

Could this be Trump’s way of forcing them to vote for increased border security in exchange for their separated churren and Dacamanians?

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BIG PICTURE:
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You better hope that Trump has a plan here, and you’d better hope it works.
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There is a certain percentage of the Trump base who will stick with him no matter what, but it’s not nearly enough to win elections. 
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I tried very hard in this piece to give him every benefit of the doubt humanly possible, but right now, he appears to be someone who will capitulate to the leftist media at the expense of his voters’ agenda. I’m not saying that’s necessarily how he is in reality, but in politics, perception is reality.
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That perception better change, and it better change fast. Immigration is the one issue he can’t afford to screw up. Many people turn a blind eye to his less-than-presidential behavior because they love his agenda. Immigration is a big part of that agenda. If voters feel like they’ve been betrayed on that issue, the tweets aren’t going to be cute anymore. 
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Don’t shoot the messenger.
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MELANIA CALLS SECRET SERVICE ON DERANGED MOONBAT

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It turns out that Jane isn’t the craziest Fonda. Whoodathunkit.

The first lady’s office contacted the Secret Service after Peter Fonda went after 12-year-old Barron during a crazy Twitter rant early this morning. 

Fonda called for Barron to be ripped from Melania’s arms and “put in a cage with pedophiles.”

“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. F—,” tweeted a rabid Fonda.

He also called for protesters to surround Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while they’re picking up their children from school.


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The tweet has since been deleted, and Fonda apologized in a statement.

“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.” 

I guess that’s the statement he’ll read to the Secret Service when they reach his door, which they certainly will.

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Bashing Melania was a stupid move on Fonda’s part, not just because making threatening comments toward the president’s family is insanely dumb, but because Melania has actually spoken out against the policy through her communications director.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” the director said a couple days ago. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”


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BIG PICTURE:

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Liberals are bats*** crazy. 

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ALL HANDS ON THE IMMIGRATION DECK

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I’ve been giving you steady updates over the last few weeks on the immigration legislation currently being pushed on the Hill. Welp, it appears that the GOP and White House are putting the heat on to try to make this thing happen once and for all.

PDT and House GOP leaders have launched a full-court press to build support for their compromise immigration bill ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

A few Republicans who are reportedly on the dence — including Reps. Kristi Noem(SD), Frank Lucas (OK) and George Holding (NC) — were hauled to the White House today so Trump could personally sell them on his immigration pitch.

Keebler Jeff Sessions even made the trek to Capitol Hill, where he urged members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) to back two competing immigration bills that are set to come to the House floor tomorrow.

Then, hours later, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen got in on the act to make her pitch to skeptical Republicans. 

Can’t say they aren’t trying.


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Unfortunately, my prediction of the last month related to immigration appears to be coming to fruition.

By all accounts, it was clear today that Republican leaders were struggling to lock down the necessary 218 votes for the compromise bill. To refresh your memories, that compromise package would halt the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border (which Trump apparently decided to do himself), provide a path to citizenship for Dacamanians and earmark $25 billion for the damn border wall already. 

Many conservatives are hesitant to support the bill, fearful they’ll be attacked from the right due to the (at least) 1.8 million people who would get a so-called path to citizenship were it to pass.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the (actually) conservative House Freedom Caucus, threatened to derail the compromise bill, arguing heatedly with Paul Rino on the floor that the final package left out several provisions that had been agreed to during earlier negotiations.

“The compromise bill’s not ready for prime time,” a furious Meadows told reporters.

I told you Rino would try to pull a fast one to give us a Pelosi bill. 


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Afterward, RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-NC) floated the idea of voting on the other bill, a legitimately good immigration bill crafted by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tomorrow but delaying a vote on the compromise measure to buy leadership more time to whip support.

“Some of the members said, ‘Listen, we’re undecided … we need potentially more time to process this,’ ” Walker told reporters. “I may run it past the leadership.”

There are still major last-minute changes being pushed by conservatives to the Rino bill, including language that would prevent Dacamanians from being able to apply for green cards for their parents after they become citizens. 

 


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BIG PICTURE:

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The big picture is the same now that it’s been the entire time. Nothing is going to pass.

Republicans are divided among each other and Democrats aren’t going to support anything regardless.

Want to change it? Get to work for the midterms.

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1 thought on “Daily Recap — June 20

  1. Kathryn Suzanne Sower June 21, 2018 — 3:46 am

    Trey Vaught, I am tired. Of course, I am still supporting Trump. He is the only chance this Country has & by his actions today I feel like he let go of the agenda I strongly supported. How did I even get involved in the kerfuffle? My dad called me in disbelief, in the process of talking him off the ledge, I looked. Well, for my involvement, I am going to take the PB meds & let others debate the rationale & impact of this decision made by Trump.

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