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Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today.

  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for anti-human-trafficking legislation
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president attends the Senate Republican policy lunch
  • President Trump meets with congressional leadership

Trump's prime time speech on border security

I did not watch it live — 9 p.m. is my bedtime — but I did catch up this morning. If you also missed it you can watch it here and read the transcript.

Chuck and Nancy (aka your parents after you spilled Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers on the new carpet in the living room Saturday night back when you were in high school) gave a response to Trump. If you haven't seen it, here it is courtesy of the Daily Caller, which has kindly presented it with various Snapchat filters. (You can read their lecture here.)

The water cooler version: Trump gave a speech from the Oval Office. He explained directly to the people, without the delusions and hysteria of the anti-Trump media, why we need the funding to maintain the integrity of our borders and why we need a physical deterrent along with extra labor to support border enforcement. The president spoke about the drugs and terrorists coming into our country unchecked because of our inability to lock down the southern border and he spoke about the humanitarian crisis of thousands of people, some sick, traveling to the U.S. and now living in makeshift housing waiting to get "processed."

Much of what Trump asked for came from the people on the ground, like the Border Patrol and DHS, asking for what they need to enforce the border and the law.

The left's response was the same as it always is, ignoring the specifics of Trump's requests and attacking a fantasized, made-up caricature of what Trump is trying to do. There's no crisis, we don't need a wall, those are all racist. Same old, same old from them.

One obstacle to negotiations with the Democrats is that they just ignore the information Trump is presenting. They don't address how many women and children and drugs are trafficked, they don't address how many terrorists are able to sneak in, they don't address the criminal illegal aliens who enter into the U.S. and kill or hurt Americans. For example, here is ABC News to undermine the president with a story from the State Department (deep state ground zero) saying there is "no credible evidence'" that terrorists have entered the U.S. through the southern border. How would the State Dept. know what is going on with the southern border? They aren't there. That's DHS and Border Patrol, the agency you all are ignoring.

Can you have a conversation with people who deny or ignore your facts? Not really. And what's most peculiar is that all these Democrats were perfectly fine with building a wall/fence/barrier before Trump ran for president.

Is the wall immoral? If so, let's start taking down the wall we *do* have at the border. And then let's take down all the security around the houses of Chuck and Nancy.

Related:

The Internet wasted no time roasting Schumer and Pelosi

CLOWNS Schumer and Pelosi's response to Trump's address becomes instant meme sensation on Twitter

Fact check: Trump’s speech on border ‘crisis’

She is so dumb. Ocasio-Cortez: Trump Needs To Explain Why ICE Should Still Be Funded

Who else will donate? Manchin to donate salary during government shutdown to food banks

Not AOC Ocasio-Cortez still mum on taking paycheck despite 13 in Congress refusing during shutdown: report

MIND READER! NYT reporter: Trump wasn't into doing speech

Acosta: Trump address hazardous to the truth

Another dummy chimes in. Sen. Kamala Harris hits Trump's border wall 'vanity project'

TREASONOUS RUSSIA COLLUSION:

BYE Rosenstein expected to depart DOJ in coming weeks once new attorney general confirmed

Manafort accused of sharing Trump polling data with Russian operative

Rudy Giuliani Rumored to Be Bracing for ‘Horrific’ Report from Robert Mueller

Veselnitskaya, Russian in Trump Tower Meeting, Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties

Your daily WTF:

Teacher busted for masturbating in class with students present: cops

Historical picture of the day:

Secretariat is shown at Claiborne Farms, where he is retired to stud, in Paris, Ky., Jan. 9, 1974. The thoroughbred racehorse captured the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Holy guacamole! Mexican fuel shortage threatens Super Bowl snack

LA teachers to go on strike unless last-minute deal is reached

Broward County Sheriff Reportedly Tells Colleagues He’s Being Suspended Over Parkland Massacre

TSA Official Threatens To Classify Workers As AWOL As Shutdown ‘Sickout’ Looms

Bolton leaves Turkey on sour note over Trump's Syria plans

Australian police examining suspicious packages at consulates

BEYOND DISTURBING Police seek DNA from workers at Phoenix nursing facility where patient became pregnant

California's new governor proposes cameras in forests as part of $305M boost in fire-safety spending

Senators' bigotry threatens all believers – The left gets closer to stifling public expressions of faith

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveils health care program for city residents, including undocumented immigrants

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

The always awesome Randy Quaid does a dramatic reading of Trump's tweet about his meeting with "Chuck and Nancy":

Thumbs up.

 

Seems like a minor detail but it makes the story so much better:

I'm coming down firmly on the side of continued bikini waxes.

Well, it helps when you care more about furthering a narrative than getting the facts right.