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On Monday, President Trump announced that he would be addressing the nation on the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. He tweeted:

This is the right move for the president. He must take the issue directly to Americans, who seem largely bewildered by the rationale for the current government shutdown – in reality, Democrats simply refuse point blank to fund the wall to the tune of $5 billion. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stated openly that she will not give more than $1 for the wall; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and others have stated that they believe a wall somehow violates American values.

Americans largely blame President Trump for the shutdown, thanks in part to terrible media coverage, and thanks in part to President Trump’s originally nationally televised statements that he would happily “own” the shutdown. In late December, The Economist found that 51 percent of respondents blamed Trump, with 44 percent blaming Congressional Democrats.

But within one week, a YouGov/HuffPost poll found the opposite: 51 percent of Americans disapproved of Congressional Democrats’ handling of the shutdown, with 49 percent of Americans disapproving of Trump’s handling. Congressional Republicans, predictably, received a 58 percent disapproval rating. FiveThirtyEight notes that polling related to government shutdowns generally has no lasting effect on presidents or Congress.

That means that the only real question here is general perception on the issue itself: will Americans take away the message that Democrats are open-borders extremists? They certainly should, since Democrats are expressing themselves that way. See, for example, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA):

Yes, that’s what walls do. That’s also what borders do.

Now, Trump should avoid offering Democrats the out of declaring a national emergency and attempting to build the wall with defense funding. Trump stated late last week that he would consider utilizing 10 USC §2808 or 10 USC §284 in order to use the military to build the wall. Both would be a misuse of the law and set a terrible precedent for future Democratic presidents misdirecting defense resources toward infrastructure projects more to their liking without Congressional approval.

Trump should continue to hold the line on the wall and make the Democrats defend why they will not spend an amount equal to about 11 hours of government spending on a permanent barrier that will help Border Patrol keep track of those attempting to enter the country illegally. A national address directed toward explaining the border crisis and why a wall would help would go a long way toward forcing Democrats on the defensive – and toward creating political cost for their inaction.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. L

    January 8, 2019 at 4:25 am

    The Democrats need to have their feet held to the fire until they blink first. Their behavior is clearly politically motivated and should be made to concede. They are punishing federal employees for something they are not responsible for. In addition to the fact they are extending border exposure to invasion.

  2. Michael_T

    January 8, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Take Pelosi’s and other Anti-American’s Citizenship away, and deport them.

  3. Brianna Penny

    January 8, 2019 at 7:49 am

    To Rep Swalwell, are the walls in your home and office medieval??

  4. Bill

    January 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Should enact Marshall law and releave our country of all enemy combatants, including Democrats trying to over throw the sitting President with a coup. Then build the wall to keep the immoral people out of our country.!

  5. Silas Longshot

    January 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I think Trump should play clips of Bill Clinton, 0bama, Pelosi and Schmuck Shumer ALL WANTING A WALL and BORDER SECURITY, with Schmuck himself naming $25 billion for it.
    Then perhaps list the number of Americans who have died because of:
    Illegals drunk driving, repeatedly
    Illegals gang activity.
    The number of TONS of pot seized (a fraction of what gets across)
    The number of thousands of pounds of heroin (again a fraction)
    The heroin, the fentanyl, the cocain
    The estimated number of children in human trafficking.
    The estimated number of women in human trafficking
    The number of law officers killed by illegals
    Congress likes graphics and charts. Give ’em some.

  6. MAGA

    January 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    We will have that wall. The people have a right to be secure in their own country. Why is it that democrats do not care about our safety yet they have armed guards around them all the time seeing to their safety? And most of them have walls around their homes.

  7. Polly

    January 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I hope every will watch this.We must pray for him

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