President Donald Trump set three traps for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over immigration.
As detailed by Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker, the top Democrats had no clue what the president was setting them up for following their heated debate in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
Here’s trap number one:
Knowing well that Pelosi had already vowed publicly that “transparency and openness” would characterize the Democrat-run House starting next month, her plaintive request to speak in private scored points for Trump and revealed her hypocrisy before any substance at all was considered.
Given Pelosi and Schumer begged Trump numerous times to debate in private without the cameras in the room, the president exposed their hypocrisy after claiming they wanted “transparency.”
Here’s trap number two:
Trump’s second trap is his bold declaration of ownership of any “government shutdown.”
Democrats have convinced themselves that what is called a “shutdown,” but really means furloughing non-essential federal workers, is a tragedy, a scar on the nation’s psyche.
The fact that federal workers are now a major and solid constituency for Democrats skews their perception of the public’s concern.
Aside from cancelling sleigh rides in national parks and other such photo dramas, the fact is that life goes on very well for nearly all Americans during the furlough.
They learn that there are a lot of non-essential government workers.
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The third trap set by Trump may be the best of them all, and Pelosi and Schumer walked right into it:
The third trap is maneuvering the Senate Democrats into standing for open borders, or at least ineffective border security.
The current House of Representatives will pass the funding. It is in the Senate, where is 60 vote filibuster could be employed, that would be the obstacle.
Never forget that Trump was the most successful producer of reality television in the history of the medium.
Chuck Schumer leading a Senate filibuster right before Christmas to stymie border protection is exactly the story Trump wants the nation’s TV viewers to absorb.
He is immeasurably aided in crafting his third trap narrative by the Democrats’ acceptance of and belief in the narratives peddled by their allies in the mainstream media.
Just as they believe that the voters share their own horror over a “partial government shutdown,” they also believe their own rhetoric about a wall being “immoral” (Pelosi) or “wasteful” (Schumer).
But the arrival of the Central American caravan and the reaction of Tijuana’s political leadership and citizens, has changed the game.
On Tuesday, Trump met with Schumer and Pelosi at the White House to discuss a bill to keep the government open. When they began discussing funding for the border wall, things got intense.
While the reporters were still in the room, Trump ripped Pelosi and Schumer over border wall funding and shut them down when they suggested the American people didn’t want the wall.
When Schumer claimed that a wall “doesn’t solve the problem” of border security, Trump fired back again: “it totally solves the problem” before embarking noting the successes of combating illegal crossing in southern California and over in Israel.
At one point, Trump looked Schumer in the face and told him that he’d be proud to shut down the government.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security Chuck because the people of this country…don’t want criminals pouring into our country. I will take the blame for it because last time you shut it down it didn’t work,” Trump said.
Trump wants $5 billion and Democrats are only offering $1.7 billion, which they claim is a “very generous offer.”