After Action Report for Trump-Strange Rally: The Wall will be a Fence, Not the Whole Southern Border, and See-Through
Trump spoke at the podium about an hour and a half. He touched on many topics, his United Nations speech, his North Korea’s Rocketman row, his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, updates on the Wall, Sanctuary Cities, and others.
Noticeably absent? Any talk of DACA.
He gloated on his victory over Hillary Clinton in the electoral college for several minutes. He brought up a repeat line that if the goal was to win the popular vote, it would be easier to win because you “would campaign in New York, LA” and other big cities. He needled her by saying she should have been campaigning in Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Listening and watching the speech, one can tell that he’s very passionate about tax reform. He discussed it for almost ten minutes, hitting on many of the same issues he has touched on before, the capital gains taxes, the simplification of the tax code, et cetera.
He discussed the ongoing Congressional fiasco known as Healthcare Reform ™. The never-ending fight to try to roll back the bill has dealt frustration after frustration to conservatives and Trump supporters alike. The Congress has proven on several occasions now that they do not support any repeal of Obamacare. Real life actual traitor, John McCain, announced yesterday that he’s decided again to screw over the entire country by keeping the failing Obamacare legislation in place unmolested.
Trump used the inability to pass healthcare bills as a punching bag to eliminate the legislative filibuster that allows the minority party to have absolute veto control over the Senate on any bill as long as they have 40 votes. The rules in place don’t even require an actual, talking filibuster, just the threat of one. President Trump reiterated his support for a removal of that establishmentarian roadblock to conservative reforms (magically, liberal legislation almost never needs to face the filibuster threat).
Trump also told the audience that he no longer was going to build the Wall as he pretended it was during the campaign. He stated that the wall will be smaller, limited “walls” (which the administration was stating was going to be Bollard fences, of course renamed to “Bollard Walls”) and that we will use “natural barriers” for many areas.
Now to be fair, he has stated before that we would only need about 700-900 miles of wall due to natural barriers along our 2,000 mile border with Mexico (he started this talk late last year as he “evolved” on this subject).
But President Trump is now frequently taking credit for the 600 miles of fence already built by the Bush and Obama presidencies and currently being renovated as his “wall”. He’s stated that fact at many rallies now that the Wall is already under construction.
Even the Congress recognizes this wordsmithing for what it was and calls the structures being renovated by their true name, fencing:
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 3, 2017
In reality, it seems like the 700-900 miles of wall, the “great wall along the southern border” will be a bunch of fences, most of which are already built. Trump might only end up adding an additional 100 miles to it, on the lower end of his estimates.
Is 100 miles of fencing what everyone voted for when they voted for the Wall?
Campaign Donald Trump wants to let Low Energy Donald Trump know that a fence is not a wall:
Jeb Bush just talked about my border proposal to build a "fence." It's not a fence, Jeb, it's a WALL, and there's a BIG difference!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
The highlight of the night and the most laughable reason that Trump gave for his backtracking on his pledge for a wall, was that it “needs” to be see-through… because of drug dealers chucking 60-100 pound drugs over the wall could kill people. We need to be able to “see” them.
Dumbfounded at this asinine and harebrained reasoning, I said to myself that “this must have been a weird stream of consciousness issue.”
Nope. He’s said it before:
“So it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.
“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them. They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over.”
What is sounds like is a campaign pledge being broken and absolutely garbage excuses for the reasons that it “had” to be broken. Israel has miles of concrete walls that have no visibility through them, but use a system of towers and security cameras in order to “see through” the wall by looking OVER the wall. What a concept!
Also let us not forget the fact that President Trump’s reelection campaign has had the pledges from last year REMOVED from his website. Is that a hint that he plans on some more whitewashing of the pledges he made during the campaign?
While the list of issues that the Trump faithful constantly referred to in their battle with the other Republican primary opponent backers is gone from the live site, the internet remembers.
A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
Also interesting, where did this talking point go? From the same policy paper:
End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
Given all the failure on the big, signature issues from the 2016 campaign, no wonder the crowd at the rally was lukewarm to a President pronouncing these new, scaled back truths to his flock.
Would Donald Trump have been the nominee for the Republican party had this low energy, meandering, milquetoast, and establishment friendly Republican strolled down that escalator? Extremely, extremely doubtful. I will have more on that in another article.
President Trump referenced Twitter in this rally, he also answered the negative press he’s been getting on the positions he has been taking, which is a very big tell that the President hears the backlash and disagrees with it. If his supporters take nothing else from the speech, take that.
The President hears you when you disagree. Those of you who are making waves on the internet and in real life with your Congressmen and Senators and the White House are actually having an effect. President Trump is not under house arrest, he just doesn’t agree that his actions he is taking are against what he stated during the campaign.
As for the candidate he showed up to endorse, Luther Strange’s name was brought up several times to tepid applause and cheers. It didn’t help him any that Trump started acting like he was reciting a book report. In fact it was fairly noticeable that the entire crowd really wasn’t jazzed up for the rambling, incoherent message he was giving.
The biggest cheers for Strange came right as low energy Trump closed the rally for the day.
Almost as if the crowd was saying, “FINALLY, this is over!”