The media is usually not too subtle in their constant attacks on President Donald Trump, but one of their most insidious attacks is actually very clever. It’s when they claim that Trump’s agenda is basically stalled out, ground to a halt due to Trump’s own mistakes. Thwarted by his inability to stop attacking people on Twitter. Blocked by his involvement in the Russia saga. Hindered by his bad, unpresidential behavior in one way or another. These attacks – along with another round or two of biased polling – help the media convince themselves and the viewing public that Trump’s presidency has been a failure. And they make it easier to peddle this lie by ignoring everything good about his first six months…since, of course, what’s “good” as seen by Trump’s supporters is evil and awful when seen through the lens of his detractors.
But for those who can actually see around the media’s one-sided coverage, it’s clear that President Trump’s agenda is anything but stalled. For someone who came to Washington with one of the most radical platforms in American history, it’s actually stunning to see how much he HAS managed to get done in just a few months. Especially when you consider how badly the GOP has faltered over the last eight years. Under the Trump presidency, the Republican Party has a fire underneath them once again, and the bills that passed the House on Thursday are the perfect example.
In a 257-157 vote, the House passed “Kate’s Law,” a bill proposed in the name of Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman who was murdered by an oft-deported illegal immigrant in 2015. Steinle’s death became a flashpoint among anti-illegal immigration conservatives, and was used by then-candidate Donald Trump as an example of why the U.S. needed to crack down on sanctuary cities. Under the terms of the bill – if it is passed by the Senate – penalties will be increased for illegal immigrants who come back to the U.S. after being deported.
A second bill, of perhaps even greater importance, was passed giving the federal government the authority to block grants to sanctuary cities. It, too, passed largely along party lines.
“The word ‘sanctuary’ calls to mind someplace safe, but too often for families and victims affected by illegal immigrant crime, sanctuary cities are anything but safe,” said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in a press conference prior to the vote. “It is beyond my comprehension why federal state and local officials would actively discourage or outright prevent law enforcement agencies from upholding the laws of the United States.”
It remains to be seen whether the Senate can get these important bills past Democrat obstruction and onto the president’s desk, but their passage alone signifies the strength of Trump’s forward momentum. Things are happening in Washington as it pertains to illegal immigration – the number one policy of Trump’s presidential campaign. We are making progress, and we’re making it quickly. Things are turning around.
It’s no surprise that the left-wing media would rather talk about something else.