WASHINGTON. As you probably know by now, congressional Republicans and Democrats have steadfastly denied giving President Donald Trump funds to build a border wall. The purpose of that wall is to stem illegal migration into the US. And it is the single issue over which the president has said he will gladly furlough thousands of “nonessential” federal workers in the event a partial US government shutdown occurs this Friday.
That dannged fence
And as you probably also know by now, establishment Republicans get weak in the knees at the mere mention of a government shutdown. But President Trump is not your typical Republican. That explains why he is so hated by members of his own party.
No single issue divides this president from weak-kneed Republicans like combating illegal immigration.
When the late Arizona Sen. John McCain faced a tough primary challenge from the Tea Party in 2010, he released a campaign ad in which he used the words “home invasion” to describe illegal entry into America. He also said they were responsible for the increase in murders.
“Complete the dangged fence,” demanded the folksy maverick McCain. And just like the promise made by so many of his fellow Republicans, it was a dangged lie.
A plea for open borders from beyond the grave
Before his death, McCain released a swansong letter to his duplicitous Senate colleagues. It could have been a long-winded introductory statement preceding a loaded question by CNN’s White House correspondent John Acosta:
“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to the great force for change they always have been.”
According to McCain, Americans concerned that illegal immigrants overwhelm taxpayer-funded social services and participate illegally in our electoral process are no better than jihadists perpetrating “hatred and violence in all corners of the globe.”
And speaking for the majority of GOP lawmakers, McCain said we should trust “the power of our ideals” to turn lawbreakers storming across our southern border into “the great force for change they always have been.”
You – the hard-working, taxpaying, patriotic American – are chopped liver.
Bipartisan agreement on open borders
Zero daylight separates congressional representatives on the issue of our porous southern border. Instead, they insist Trump simply continue ignoring US law in the manner of his Republican predecessors, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
And when he does enforce immigration statutes, they cry crocodile tears over the “separation of families” that is baked into the very legislation these disgusting, bipartisan fraudsters debated, wrote, and passed.
Put on the spot
Trump has placed the lame-duck House Republican majority on the spot. They either join him in passing funds for building his border wall or stay the minority party for the long haul. And no one will be more grateful for this than the murderous gang members of MS-13 and their fawning den mother and in-coming House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
The never-Trump GOP is dying. Unlike Trump, their loyalties are to their cheap-labor-loving, wage-depressing, billionaire donors and not the “deplorables” who put them in office. They betrayed their constituents on the repeal of Obamacare. And they will surely betray them again on funding the border wall.
There is little doubt that should Trump refuse to sign a spending measure that precludes funding for his border wall, forcing a partial government shutdown, it won’t be Trump who eventually blinks.
Top Image: President Trump spars with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over funding for a border wall
as traditional Republican and Vice President Mike Pence makes
like a potted plant. CBS News screen capture.