By: Brian Evans
As undoubtedly every American has heard, and now learned, President Trump is a master at negotiations, strategy, and the “Art of the Deal”! He has learned to turn every moment into momentum, as he continues to surge ahead with the promises that he made to the American people. This past month has been no different.
The Mainstream Media has pointed out polling that shows the majority of Americans blame the President for the shutdown. However, that should be of no surprise, especially since he said he would take credit for the shutdown if it meant securing the border and providing Americans safety!
However, in a key demographic that Democrats depend on through each election cycle, President Trump’s approval rating jumped almost 20 points since Trump stood his ground on border security, allowing part of the government to close.
In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, they found that although the President’s support over the past month amongst whites dropped by 10 points from 50% to 40%, and blacks 8 points from 19% to 11%, there was a massive 19% jump in Latino American support for the President, from 31% to 50%, which is unheard of for Republicans.
Ironically, in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton carried Hispanics votes with 66% of the vote, compared to Trump’s 28%. Now, as the President fights to secure the border and protect lives, jobs, and keep drugs and gangs off of the streets, Hispanics are not only shifting, but shifting dramatically. Truthfully, it isn’t surprising, being American-born Hispanics disapproved of former President Obama’s actions on immigration, and they tend to resent immigrants who enter illegally!
Now, as the government shutdown is about to approach the one month mark, Democrats are becoming concerned that the Hispanic shift is the first sign of momentum changing in the President’s direction. Combine that with the fact that their actions over the past week have not helped their case, and the shutdown appears to be setting itself up to be like a championship boxing match with Trump on steroids, and Pelosi and Schumer going nights without sleep before the big match!
For example, when Trump decided to take his case on national television, Pelosi and Schumer demanded equal air time. Then, as the President made a clear case for border security and a wall, the two top democrat’s looked like a couple of angry parents, made up like the Munsters, as they scolding their children. It drew incessant mocking and embarrassment from not only Conservative Media but the Mainstream Media as well.
Then, Pelosi made a move that she obviously thought would put her in the driver’s seat, as she and her leadership called for the State of the Union to be canceled or postponed. They cited security concerns that resulted from the government shutdown, but the Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service quickly revealed that she hadn’t even called them, nor did any Democrat regarding the security of the SOTU! The Mainstream Media loved it, as CNN praised Pelosi’s “major power move”. Other networks like Politico said “Pelosi plays hardball”, and “Donald Trump may have finally met his match.”
However, the media’s Trump-hating enthusiasm soon proved to be one-sided, as even Democrats expressed concerns that she had gone too far in trying to disinvite the President of the United States to address the nation. Especially after it became known that her excuse for security concerns was debunked as a lie within hours. Also, it turned out to backfire, as she effectively gave up the House tradition of hosting the State of the Union in the House, due to it being a larger venue for Congressional leaders, military brass, Supreme Court Justices, and others to attend. Now, it is likely to be hosted by the Senate, further infuriating the House Speaker.
Then on Thursday, President Trump announced that all Congressional members would be grounded from government aircraft until after the shutdown was over. He noted that while 800,000 federal workers remained on furlough and are not getting paid, and while the border remains unsecured, Congressional members should remain in Washington D.C. to negotiate an end to the shutdown and border crisis.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were angered, especially as Pelosi and a large delegation of House Democrats had already packed their bags and boarded an Air Force bus, set for an overseas publicity tour to visit troops, European Union headquarters, and NATO headquarters. Pelosi had planned to view NATO’s new billion-dollar-plus state of the art headquarters in Brussels, visit the Egyptian pyramids, and troops in Afghanistan. However, President Trump determined that instead of public relations tours, the President and Congress should work to resolve the impasse and find a middle ground to reopen the government and implement common-sense border security, including a wall or physical barriers. The President also said…
However, the President noted that he could not force Pelosi to stay in Washington to resolve the gridlock. So, the President said that she could fly commercial if she so chose to do so. Pelosi’s office attacked the President’s call, regardless of the fact that their refusal to negotiate has left hundreds of thousands without pay. Pelosi’s spokesman said…
Pelosi immediately accused the President of putting her life in danger for using his presidential authority and canceling her flight. Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill went on to claim that Pelosi and Democrat lawmakers were prepared to fly commercially, but that the Trump administration “leaked the commercial travel plans as well,” thus putting them, civilians, and our troops in harm’s way. He said…