President Donald Trump has made a living claiming to be a great dealmaker.
His first seventh months in office haven’t proven that to be the case — at least not in this role. Trump discovered what President Barack Obama learned; Congressional Republicans are really hard to work with.
They don’t know how to negotiate. These guys go to a car dealer and offer to pay $10,000 for a car. The dealer says, “How about $20,000? That’s more fair.” The Republican answers with, “How about $5,000.” The dealer says that isn’t a fair price, so the Congressional Republican jets home to tout his ability to stick to his principles and cash a bunch of campaign checks from lobbyists for whom he won’t really do anything.
Real estate developer, businessman, and reality star, Donald Trump would have fired those guys. President Trump doesn’t have that luxury. So what is a dealmaker to do when there is no one to make a deal with in his own party?
For the second time in a week, Trump has found negotiating partners in Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. After sharing a Chinese dinner, the two Democrat leaders announced that they had come to a deal with the president on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act. Obama used an executive order to establish DACA as an American immigration policy.
Trump recently reversed the measure, but he strategically put a six-month window on the forced deportations of about 800,000 people who were brought to the country by their parents before 2007. The six-month window lets him appear tough to his supporters with the knowledge that nothing will actually come from his actions.
The plan to deport the “dreamers” — as the recipients of a special amnesty are called — is not popular among most Americans. Dreamers contribute to society, more than 90 percent are legally employed and many serve in the military and are typically good “citizens.”
Those against the DACA protections tend to be the “no amnesty is good amnesty” gang — like Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter and other sad little people who hold racist beliefs to elevate their opinions of themselves thanks to the paleness of their skin and weakness of their thoughts.
Trump is trying to balance his words and actions between decency and deplorable. The problem is that these less decent ideas are like the old adage about chocolate ice cream.
If I have a five-gallon bucket of chocolate ice cream, it would be enough to share with a lot of people. But if I add in only one teaspoon of cow manure into that five gallon bucket, there won’t be anyone in line for my free ice cream.
Your decent words and actions are lessened when you even entertain the thoughts and actions of people motivated by racism and other irrational hatred.
Trump is trying to keep everyone happy. On Thursday morning, he released an hour long Twitter storm that started with an attack on Hillary Clinton because Trump or someone in his inner circle is reading “What Happened” and ended with a flurry of tweets that seemed like Trump’s decent and deplorable sides were at war with each other through his own social media posts.
Trump first took to Twitter to deny that he made a deal with Pelosi and Schumer. Then he seemed to outline what was, and wasn’t, in the deal — which he had just said hadn’t been struck.
“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” he said.
Moments later, he added this tweet, “The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.”
“New renovation of old and existing fences” wasn’t exactly what he promised on the campaign trail. I wonder if Mexico is paying for the renovation.
After a few minutes to let people digest that there is no wall except for the wall that is already there, Trump seemed to discuss the agreement he made with Pelosi and Schumer — the deal that he just said didn’t exist.
Trump tweeted, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!.....”
Actually, yes. Many Trump supporters want to do exactly that. They want to take gainfully employed, good people and deport them to countries where they have no history and no life. They want to use the bona fide forms these people filled out to receive DACA protections to find them and deport them. That is obviously not what Trump wants. But that is what will happen is his order goes into effect without action by Congress.
Trump continued that thought, “...They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own — brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security.”
I’m not sure what the big border security phrase meant. Perhaps Trump negotiated more border security to allow the 800,000 to remain under DACA protections despite the fact that he made no deal at all.
Trump — who despite tweeting every day still has no idea how to thread a complete thought on the social media platform — blasted those four tweets in about an hour. If you wonder why Congress has trouble negotiating with him, maybe it is because he isn’t sure what he really wants.
Does he do what he really wants to or placate the base that got him elected? Earlier in his attacks on Clinton, he had celebrated his “deplorables” — the name Clinton gave his supporters, that has become a term of endearment among the pro-Trump crowd — but if you are honest, every Trump supporter isn’t deplorable, but the truly deplorable are all Trump supporters. Those neo-Nazis aren’t saying Heil Trump ironically.
After Trump’s final tweet, his friend Ann Coulter who wrote the book, “In Trump We Trust” actually responded to Trump’s final tweet with, “At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?”
The wall (I’m sorry I didn’t put it in all caps) is a big deal to these people and all of those who hide their racism behind the mantle of only hating “illegal” immigrants.
National Review writer David French made an interesting claim, “With more Mideast deployments, no wall, no O-care repeal, and now a likely DREAM act, can we now agree that “Trumpism” was never a thing?”
I disagree. “Trumpism” is a thing. Trumpism is a brand of false bravado that created a big umbrella under which conservatives, racists, sexists, climate change deniers and every other person who was anti-Hillary Clinton all gathered to avoid the storm of another Clinton presidency. Trumpism is an electoral plan. It has no governance plan.
That’s why there will be ObamaCare repair, not a repeal or replace. There will be a DACA bill that becomes law of the land rather than simply an executive order.
Everyone who voted for Trump hoping something will get done will be left disappointed because his plan didn’t extend beyond Nov. 8, 2016.
— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.