Day 237 (September 14, 2017)
In today’s issue: DACA ft. Trump Pelosi & Schumer
Today is a big day for DREAMers.
Trump, Nancy Pelosi (the Democratic House Minority Leader) and Chuck Schumer (the Democratic Senate Minority Leader), and a few others had dinner last night.
Among the topics they discussed was immigration, aka DACA, aka protecting the rights of DREAMers who could face deportation when DACA expires next year.
You won’t believe what happened next:
In case that font is too small for you to read, here’s what you need to know. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s offices put out a statement saying that Trump agreed to quickly “enshrine the protections of DACA into law” thereby protecting 800,000 DREAMers from deportation with “a package of border security excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”
That is YUGE news, both because Trump was the one who announced he wanted to get rid of DACA in the first place and it appears he’s reversed his position, and because he’s collaborating with Democrats over Republicans on this!
And then he tweeted this this morning:
You’re the one who wanted to throw them out!
Did he have a stroke? What is happening??
And then Sarah Huckabee Sanders ruined the party, kinda.
Welp. And thennn…
Some good — albeit confusing — news. Especially because this definitely pisses off his supporters.
Even Ann Coulter is turning against Trump!
It’s turning out to be a really great day.
Some people are praising Trump for this unpredictable move. But quick reminder:
If there is any strategy, at all, behind this move, the only potential explanation is this:
Why this is good:
First of all, Dems are getting what they want. This is obviously good for our leadership, and our base, in achieving our goals in protecting immigrants and granting DREAMers a form of legal citizenship.
Second, Trump’s flip-flopping on policy and cooperation with the Democratic party is driving his base crazy, and the Republicans who were still willing to work with him even crazier. He’s going behind their backs and agreeing to deals without filling in anyone from his party. This tension is good for the resistance. Very good. Because while Dems know that Trump is a pathetic crazy lunatic that shouldn’t ever be in office, Republicans are only just starting to find out. This lack of support from his base will affect Republican leaders, and vice versa.