Monday, March 27, 2017

EXTRA: “Claw back?” Who taught the Trumpites how to think about issues?

So THIS is the way that President Donald J. Trump will respond to losing so badly on his attempt to repeal the healthcare reforms of former President Barack Obama – go back to the foreigners, specifically Mexicans and “sanctuary cities.”
SESSIONS: Will 'claw back' be in his obit?

Because we all know from his earliest nonsense rhetoric from his campaign that Mexicans are nothing but “rapists” and “drug dealers.”

IT DOESN’T SURPRISE me in the least that in his desire to shift gears and make people think of him less as a loser that he’d focus attention on an issue where many of those people inclined to vote for him will want to bring up the whole U.S./Mexico dynamic that has arisen in our society.

Specifically, he had his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Monday bring up the issue of sanctuary cities again. He talked of how the federal government will take back the money it has provided and cut off future grants related to law enforcement to such communities if they persist with the special designation they have chosen to give themselves to indicate their local police officers are not going to blindly cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Not that immigration doesn’t have its own people in places like Chicago to enforce the federal law. They’re just not going to be able to “dumb luck” their way into finding people who might have been caught by local cops driving through a red traffic signal (“It was yellow, sir”) to add to the ranks of those to be deported from the United States.

I find it most pathetic, but perhaps accurate, Sessions’ use of the term “claw back” to describe how they’re going to take back the money.

BECAUSE THERE ARE serious legal questions as to whether the federal government has such authority. I know of attorneys who already are saying that any attempt by the Trump administration to recover money is going to wind up in failure.

While adding to the nationalist tensions that exist; something for the nativists to keep in mind is that many of those Mexicans and Mexican-Americans think even less of you than you do of them!
TRUMP: Will he ever win?

Which would be the truly pathetic part – if Trump’s latest effort to “get tough” while trying to save face winds up with him merely covered with more egg on his face and increased hostilities that will take decades to overcome.

It could be that the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States can’t come soon enough – Trump desperately needs a political victory of any kind. Although considering his current streak and the Democrats’ intent to filibuster, I have to wonder if Trump is destined to blow it on that issue too.


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