For the first time since he came onto the scene in the summer of 2015, Donald Trump was looking at a potential mutiny among his strongest supporters.
Even as his job approval numbers wavered between bad and worse, his BASE – the group of die-hards who have been with him through thick and thin – has remained rock solid. They still believed in the Trump promise, especially as it pertains to getting the U.S. off the globalist track and defending our borders like we’ve never done before. But when Trump appeared to reverse course on DACA, promising to work with Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to find a legislative way to give the so-called Dreamers amnesty, he suddenly faced the first internal opposition of his political career.
Trump’s supporters elected him for a great many reasons; none of them included working with Democrats to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Now, we don’t exactly know if Trump was playing “4D Chess” when he started down this road, but a recent story in the New York Times shows that he may have – purposefully or not – set the Democrats on the road to ruin with this deal. If this was the plan all along, it was a brilliant one. But even if it wasn’t, Trump has found himself in an advantageous position. If he gets what he really wants out of the deal, we could see the Democrats vote on a border security bill second to none. If he doesn’t – if the Democrats flinch under pressure from Hispanic activist groups – then the Democrats will have their true colors exposed to Midwestern voters who may never be coming back.
From the Times:
As Democrats warily prepare to negotiate an immigration deal with President Trump, they face an unexpected political foe: many of the 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants threatened with deportation whom they are championing.
The pressure from some immigrant activists to reject any compromise that would tighten border security has frustrated Democratic leaders, who recognize the political risks of being labeled the party of open borders — a potentially lethal tag as they seek to regain support from working-class voters across the Midwest.
Fearful of concessions to Mr. Trump that could increase immigration enforcement aimed at their families and friends, the activists are targeting Democratic congressional leaders with loud political protests. And Democratic politicians may be vulnerable. They have already shifted to the left on a number of issues, such as health care, as they try to take advantage of liberal fervor stoked by the Trump era.
But moving too far to the left on border security could hold serious risks for a party that lost the presidency with defeats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa — all states where immigration remains a hot-button issue.
Democrats are currently on track to go into 2018 and 2020 as the party that kneels for the anthem, does nothing to protect our country’s borders, and supports “anti-fascism” groups that would rather cause mayhem and destruction than listen to a conservative speaker. That’s a hell of a label to be saddled with going into an election.
Trump’s bad deal could turn out to be the final straw. Not for his supporters, but for his political opposition.