Trump’s success in getting Mexico to agree to do more to curb the flow of illegal immigrants through their country and into the United States should be receiving universal praise, but unfortunately, Democrats, who we all know want to see illegal immigration increase to help secure their party’s power in government, couldn’t concede that Trump’s plan worked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tariff threat, which succeeded in its goal, a counterproductive exercise in “threats and temper tantrums.”
“President Trump undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Saturday morning. “Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy.”
Pelosi said she was “deeply disappointed” by the asylum provisions of the deal, which she claimed “violates the rights of asylum seekers under U.S. law and fails to address the root causes of Central American migration.”
But the most absurd comment came from Senator Chuck Schumer:
Just as I predicted, President @realDonaldTrump backed off on his threat of tariffs against Mexico.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 8, 2019
If you read through the entire thread it is clear Schumer is accusing Trump of caving to bipartisan pressure and backing off his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico. Seriously? Mexico agrees to do what Trump wanted, and yet Schumer tries to spin it as a Trump defeat. Trump did get criticism from both sides of the aisle, and there were even threats of a vote to stop the tariffs if they were to take effect. But Trump got the deal he was looking for. Spinning this as a defeat is pure nonsense.
This is really what Trump Derangement Syndrome has come to. Democrats can’t even acknowledge when Trump succeeds in doing what he set out to do. This is why they can’t acknowledge that the economy has improved on his watch, or try to give the credit to Barack Obama. Trump’s success in getting Mexico to do more to stop illegal immigration before it reaches our border is something his base will not forget in 2020. Democrats know that if illegal immigration is in fact reduced because of these efforts by Mexico that Trump will be even more difficult to beat in 2020.
Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis