Who’s the Hostage Now?


Trump took the Dreamers hostage to get the money for his Great Wall. Ultimately, the Democrats bit. Then, whoever was pulling Trump’s strings decided that was not enough: they needed to couple Dreamers plus Wall with Make America White Again immigration law changes.

Yesterday, after veto threats and heavy lobbying, Trump killed the Wall for Dreamers deal he had wanted. It got 54 votes in the Senate, thus falling to a filibuster supported by 45 Republicans. Forty-five Republicans who either want to deport Dreamers, or are scared shitless of Trump and their own rabid base.

Meanwhile, the Make America White Again proposal fell on its face, winning support from 36 Republicans and three Democrats. Fourteen Republican Senators—chanting “No Amnesty! No “Amnesty! No Amnesty!”—voted against it.

Against this background, two federal courts have enjoined Trump from deporting Dreamers. I have not studied the technical legal issues raised by these decisions, but, whatever the legal analysis may be, I strongly suspect that most courts will be inclined to cut the Dreamers some slack, while viewing any Trumpian legal arguments through a highly skeptical lens.

So, who’s the hostage now? Trump took the Dreamers hostage in exchange for his Wall. But isn’t the Wall now hostage to the Dreamers?

Because, with matters at this pass, good luck getting the Democrats to do any deal at all with President Bad Faith Negotiator.

Because, when the kidnapper takes the hostage, and his family pays the ransom, but the kidnapper still tries to kill the hostage, good luck to the kidnapper in doing any more deals.

So, here’s a final question: how long do y’all think it will be before President Shit for Brains will be viciously tweeting to condemn the folks who painted him into this corner?



Does Trump Say Things He Knows to be False? Sí, se puede


In his Phoenix speech on immigration promised to kill Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that protects “Dreamers.” He called Obama’s executive order “illegal.”*

Now that he’s in office, we learn that he has a “big heart”—yes, it’s always about The Donald, it’s about whether he has a big heart, not whether America has a big heart. And we learn that the Dreamers have little to worry about.

A myriad of things could be said on this topic, but this is my blog post, and I want to focus on one point: this is proof positive, conclusive, beyond peradventure of doubt, that The Donald sometimes tells lies consciously, and with malice aforethought, in an effort to get people to vote for him.

That is, by the way, another form of voter fraud. But politicians have a constitutional right to lie.*

But to return to the main point, we must ask this question: Does proof that Trump sometimes consciously lie demonstrate that whenever he lies, he is doing so in a conscious, rational way?

No, it does not.

When Aardvark dined last evening here at Happy Acres, he had dessert. Does that fact demonstrate that whenever Aardvark dines at Happy Acres, he always has dessert? Fortunaty, no, it does not.

Take Trump’s delulsional belief in the five million illegal voters and the subsequent call for a full investigation to find them. I submit that it is not possible to postulate any conceivable Machiavellian scheme that would be furthered by these utterances. The only reason to call for an investigation is because he sincerely believes that the investigation will disclose the existence of the phantom voters he has conjured up in his fevered mind.

How long will it be before he starts hearing voices?

*See transcript of Phoenix immigration policy speech.

** So held in Eastern R. Conference v. Noerr Motors, 365 U.S. 127 (1961).