X
    Categories Politics

The Right Explodes Over Trump and DACA

Karl Rove was widely known as “Bush’s Brain,” because it was felt that Rove was the person who reinforced George W. Bush’s NeoCon philosophy. Now, Steve Bannon has been called “Trump’s Brain,”

ADVERTISEMENT

by Ann Coulter and others, because he was a strong influence to reinforce Trump’s populism. In a separate article, we postulated that Trump’s total break with Bannon may make Trump vulnerable to the influence of the GOP establishment—and maybe even Democrats, if Trump gets praise from media commentators.

Some say Trump has already betrayed at least one of his core campaign promises—on immigration—because he says he will sign whatever they put in front of him regarding the DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”). The response has been intense and widespread. Perhaps the most vocal (as usual) is Ann Coulter, according to Fox News.

“When [Rep.] Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the hardliner on immigration in the room, I think we can call this the lowest day in the Trump presidency,” Coulter told FOX Business’ Lou Dobbs. . .

The ‘In Trump We Trust’ author said the push for an immigration deal with Democrats may potentially result in granting everyone amnesty.

“Any amnesty is a 100% amnesty because it goes to the courts and the courts will say, ‘Oh, you may have limited this to left-handed red heads who came here at age zero through no fault of their own,’” she said.

Perhaps more surprising, was the repudiation by Tucker Carlson, who has been so unswerving that he was even a strong, early supporter of Alabama’s Roy Moore. But Carlson is now adamant, according to The Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller co-founder said, “Congress is full of people from both parties who believe that the point of our immigration policy is to provide cheap labor to their donors and to atone for America’s imaginary sins against the world. They couldn’t care less about immigration’s effect on you or your family–these are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bill, the one he will sign no matter what it says. So what was the point of running for president?”. . .

Carlson continued, “The Democrats’ goal is to import more Democratic voters, and by any means necessary. Once they retake the Congress and the presidency, and if Trump betrays his base on immigration–that’ll definitely happen–it is over.

Then there’s Glenn Beck.

“Before that meeting, President Trump had been taking a hard line on the issue of the children of illegal immigrants or ‘Dreamers.’ The president had been insisting that unless the Democrats agreed to more funding for border security and the building of his famous ‘wall,’ there would be no deal on the Dreamers and the DACA policy that protects them from deportation.

But then in front of all those Democrats and the TV cameras, President Trump made the following statement: “I will say, when this group comes back — hopefully with an agreement — this group and others from the Senate, from the House, comes back with an agreement, I’m signing it.”

Breitbart notes that Laura Ingraham is also “extremely concerned.”

Populist conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham is warning President Trump against accepting a deal with the Republican establishment and Democrats that gives amnesty to the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On Wednesday, Ingraham took to her radio show, the Laura Ingraham Show, to say that she was “extremely concerned” at the site of former Florida Gov. and pro-amnesty advocate Jeb Bush, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — also fans of amnesty for illegal aliens — heaping “lavish praise” on Trump following a White House meeting that centered around DACA amnesty.

Breitbart reports that Mark Levin called it “total surrender.”

“That’s no ‘Art of the Deal,’” he said. “That’s complete surrender. Now, I suspect the president will realize that and try to walk some of that back, but that is very bad. And he did it in front of the media. He did it in front of the Democrats. The whole world heard it. Just give me something, and I’ll sign it. Are you kidding me? That’s what he said. I didn’t say it. That’s what the president said.”

The National Review calls it a “sellout.”

If he sells [his base] them out, what’s the Trump base going to do? Vote for Elizabeth Warren? Unlikely. Dates as cheap as the Trump base don’t even get a text the next day. What’s a self-respecting nationalist-populist to think? Steve Bannon is not only out but cast into the outer darkness, ridiculed by the president as a filthy hobo. Seb Gorka? Gone, along with much of the hardcore of Trumpism’s true believers. And Trump himself is saying — let’s repeat — “My positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with” — on immigration, his hallmark issue.

In fact, The Hill says the whole right is “exploding.”

President Trump’s supporters are apoplectic and lashing out at “Amnesty Don” for pursuing a deal with Democratic leaders to protect young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. . .

Trump has backtracked on his campaign pledges before, but conservative immigration hawks like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) warned that this deal with Democrats would do lasting damage.

So—is there anyone on the right who thinks Trump did the right thing? Would you believe, Rush Limbaugh, as reported in The Blaze.

“It was a brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed rebuttal to this stupid Wolff book,” Limbaugh said. “The pictures tell the tale – Trump is in the room, dominating it, controlling it, he is cooperative, he is open, he’s tolerant, he’s understanding. He’s in total command of over 45 minutes of televised meeting on immigration. He is totally informed on the issues.”

The conservative Chicago Tribune disagrees.

Attempting to divine President Donald Trump’s decision-making process is like trying to untangle yarn with one sticky finger.

Many try, all fail, and the reason, I believe, is it’s near impossible for any human to fully fathom Trump’s absolute self-absorption. His mind seems to function solely and reflexively for the protection and elevation of Donald J. Trump. . .

I’d argue that presupposing that Trump is thinking at all, or that he has a plan, is a huge mistake.

Did he actually change his mind and feel sympathetic for the young people protected by DACA? Did he see the negative reaction to the decision to end the program and decide he doesn’t want the negative press?

As the Tribune article suggests, Trump is very vulnerable to flattery. Look at how NewsMax refers to Trump’s “bromance” with Vladimir Putin. And he referred to Democrats “Chuck and Nancy,” to get good press.

So the right may be signing their death warrant by criticizing Trump so violently. Trump wants praise, and he’ll do whatever he has to do to get it. If the right freaks out like this at any perceive slight, they’re going to make Trump uncomfortable, and one thing you don’t want is for Trump to feel uncomfortable with you. Just ask [partial list] Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Corey Lewandowski, Anthony Scaramucci, Robert and Rebekah Mercer, James Comey, Michael Flynn, Kim Jong Un, Sally Yates, Prete Bharara, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the HIV/AIDS council, Frank Klotz and his deputy, Madelyn Creedon, Vivek Murthy, LaVar Ball, Omarosa, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Bob Corker, George Gigicos, Chris Masingill, Meryl Streep, Snoop Dog, Colin Kaepernick, a reviewer of Trump Grill, even the Pope.

All of these were people from whom Trump expected loyalty or submission. Meanwhile, he doesn’t expect anything from liberals, and they don’t expect anything from Trump, so any kind of agreement or cooperation will be seen as a major victory. Any bone he throws them will be met with lavish praise—and there’s nothing in the world Trump wants—needs—more than lavish praise.

Goethe Behr :Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

View Comments (14)

  • I agree with many of the hardline right wingers and say the Dreamers should be deported. But once this bill is written we will see what President Trump gave up and what the Democrats gave up.?

    It would be correct to criticize President Trump's approach to these negotiations if the Republicans had a 70 to 30 majority in the US Senate. They don't, it is only 51 to 49. He can't steamroll anything he wants to please his base.?

    Negotiations are a give and take. IMHO if President Trump can get funding for the wall as well as other concessions from the Democrats such as no more chain migration and other things, will allowing the Dreamers to remain be all that bad. Everyone has to look at the bigger picture.?

  • All the hysteria was for naught. I never believed, and I know I'm coming late, that Trump would abandon his core supporters.

    I wish I was taped several days ago saying "I can't believe how Tucker, etc were fooled into thinking Trump would roll over to the Dems." But, alas, I'll have to live with the my belief in Trump.

    • Trump said he'd sign anything they put in front of him. It wasn't until the right rebellion that he suddenly became picky about it.

      • Do you really think he'd sign anything? Or was he saying "Get off your behinds and do some work?"

        Unfortunately they, those holier than thou gang, thought he Would Sign Anything. There is no way he'd just roll over and do what past presidents have done. "Read my lips" meant nothing.

        Trump will do what he promised his base.

        • No. That's not what he said. Here's what he said:

          "You folks are going to have to come up with a solution. And if you do, I will sign that solution,"

          "My positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with," the president later told the press pool. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it, because I respect them,"

          https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/trump-says-hell-sign-daca-pursue-comprehensive-immigration-reform.html

          I can't find it now, but he also said something like, "I'll sign whatever you give me. I'm not going to say, no, I want this, or I want that. I'll just sign whatever you give me."

          It is very clear that Trump just wanted to get a DACA "love bill," and didn't care what it said. It wasn't until the backlash that he suddenly changed his tune.

          • Could be backlash. I don't think so but could be.

            Of course he's going to say I respect everybody in the room. Build them up. He's got to know they hate him. I doubt anyone there voted for him. Maybe not.

            If they included language that said that "President Trump agrees to be impeached" you feel he would have signed it, right! You also said that when Trump said vote for Moore as we need his vote that meant he endorsed Moore.

            On one the hand you go strictly by his words (ex: bring anything) and next you say that (Ex: Moore) was his intent to endorse him.

            Again your probably 100% right. I don't think he would have given away the farm. You do. But why would he? He hasn't failed to deliver on anything else. He's been stopped by the courts but he's still doing everything in his power.

          • That's like saying someone didn't "drink" something because he said he "imbibed." Still the same thing. The word "endorse" means this:

            "to express support or approval of publicly and definitely"

            I don't know how you could describe Trump's endorsement of Moore as anything else.

            But you're just proving that Trump is a flip-flopper. In Alabama, he abandoned Mo Brooks, the TeaParty man, and endorsed McConnell's "Big Luther." Then he let Moore use his email list, but a week before the election, he withdrew it and went back to Strange, but even before the vote, he said he made mistake by doing so. Then, he went full force for Moore, extreme at the end, but once Moore lost, THAT is when Trump threw Moore under the bus.

            Statesmen do what they think is right, not what they think will get people to "like them."

          • Ok, your going to stick to the typical hate Trump rhetoric. I'm sure you loved The establishment politicians like Romney or Bush. They were establishment "polished" liars/politicians. The kind I've disliked since Goldwater.

            You think Trump is a flip flopper. Would you defend H W Bush. Obama. Name anybody. They all flip flopped. You probably think they didn't, right? Or name a politician that didn't flip flop as you call it?

            All I know, and you'll disagree, is that Trump has stayed true to those who elected him. You hate the guy. We appreciate him. No matter what'd say you'd disagree.

            The liberal media will probably make him a one term president. I'm sure you'll be happy. But at least he WAS president. Finally we, those who support Trump, got someone who (even though he's a billionaire) thinks like the average guy.

            When your establishment polished lying politician gets in I'm sure you'll be happy. The media will convince you he/she is the best. That he/she isn't a racist. But why does King's relative know Trump isn't a racist? Can't get much better than what King knows, right?

            When the tea party first started I thought their policies were great. They said we are going to be a political group. They've changed. I can't stand their philosophy anymore.

            To me their a doing nothing group. We can't go back to the 1950ies. They are out of touch. Trump is in Touch.

          • You're all over the map. I don't hate Trump.

            The issue was what did Trump say. Here's what the Chicago Tribune said, and it's anything but "liberal."

            Trump says he’ll sign whatever Congress puts in front of him. “I’ll be signing it,” he told House and Senate leaders Tuesday at a White House meeting on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
            legislation. “I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, gee, I want this or I want
            that.’ I’ll be signing it, because I have a lot of confidence in the
            people in this room.”

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-trump-immigration-deal-20180110-story.html

          • I'm not all over the map at all. I just get frustrated with those that can't see Trump's objectives.

            According to S. Sanders there were conditions. Even if there were no conditions I still say that if "I" were in Trump's position I might have said the same thing.

            Why? I worked for an awesome leaders. She now is the president of a company. She did this after she retired from education.

            She once said leader's build up their staffs. They make their staffs better by pumping them up. Their staffs are never wrong. An effective leader, she'd say, works with the staff. No all along exactly what they want. If their staff is wrong it is because the leader failed and not the staff member.

            I'll always believe Trump felt Graham, and company, were going to present him with a bill that was awesome. Like his tax bill. A tax bill that benefited those who voted for him.

            Grahams bill was a joke. The opposite of what we wanted. Now you're stuck with "I'll sign whatever." However, Would you knowing what your base wants sign anything? Especially after you'd had a successful tax bill that had just passed.

          • Again, you're all over the map. This is not about what Sanders said. It's about what Trump said.

            Trump said he would sign anything put in front of him--and would not say, "I want this or I want that."

            That's the only issue in this thread.

          • I have no idea what you are referring to when you say I am all over the map. Are you sure you are responding to my posts? Please cite examples of how i am all over the map.

            To me all over the map means (for example) "that at one point I believe all Daca children should be rounded up and thrown out of the US and then I switch and say Daca children should be allowed to live here.

            Yes, your 100% correct Trump said I'll sign Anything put in front of him- and would not say "I want that."

            Which means had Graham put in Front of him that Trump is an idiot and should be impeached that Trump would sign it. He said he'd sign "anything" put in front of him. So he Must sign Anything, period. How foolish.

            It is so Frustrating trying to get you to Understand that Trump didn't think Graham thought he was so stupid that he'd give away the farm. But you don't understand.

            So to make you happy I'll say Trump is an Idiot who said he'd sign anything. Happy. You'll never understand I can see that.

            I certainly hope you do exactly what you say All The Time.

          • Trump is in touch with whom? Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, often with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars on cable news and eagerly firing off tweets. It's a central tenet of his playbook, hoping each day brings new opportunities to crush his adversaries. It's the same approach Nixon used up to his resignation amid the Watergate scandal in 1974.

          • I'm not sure exactly how to respond to your comment. I do know that Trump's recent rallies are jammed. I do know that past political leaders had told Trump that he'd be lucky to get 5000 at a rally. His followers believe in him. He's fighting for them. Full filling his campaign promises.

            So that's who he is in touch with. Mean while the so called professional politically elite media foolishly chases after his tweets. Out foxing them Trump gets legislation passed.

            I once received a letter, as millions of others did, from a Democrat committee saying Trump was getting legislation passed while the media slept. Still the media chases.

Comments are closed.