President Trump has chosen to double down on immigration as a key issue he will use to beat Democrats in 2018, believing it continues to resonate with voters despite the controversy over family separations at the border, according to Jim Antle of the Washington Examiner.
From the Examiner piece:
President Trump believes the Democrats are vulnerable on immigration and crime ahead of the midterm elections, so he keeps highlighting those issues in the run-up to November.
You can see it in presidential tweets endorsing or opposing candidates. The Democrats are invariably “weak on borders” and crime while his preferred Republican is “strong.” Trump has even called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., an “MS-13 lover.” It was true again at the White House on Monday where he showered federal immigration authorities with praise.
“Blue wave means crime. It means open borders. Not good,” Trump said of potential Democratic victories in the fall. The president held the event as he and other Republicans try to capitalize on Democratic calls for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We will not stand for the vile smears, the hateful attacks, and the vicious assaults on the courageous men and women of ICE, and Border Patrol, and law enforcement,” Trump declared. “We will protect those who protect us.” . . .
“The Democrats have positioned themselves to be anti-ICE and pro-open borders,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist. “I think that is a losing issue for them and clearly so does the president, which is why he is pounding away at it.”
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Republicans have to make sure the base is excited about heading to the voting booth. Sympathy for families separated at the border doesn’t mean Republicans have changed their view that illegal immigration must be stopped.
I’m not a big fan of over-arming the state. The most important thing for the police is the change in attitude under Trump’s Justice Department that the cops are not presumed guilty if there is a violent clash with a minority. This should help encourage the police to be more proactive in protecting communities – yes, especially minority communities – from crime.
But in an era where left wing groups are increasingly violent and radicalized, this is probably a necessary step.
President Trump Monday announced that he would light the White House blue in honor of our men and women who devote their lives to law enforcement.
From a presidential proclamation that today is Police Offiers Memorial Day and the beginning of Police Week:
In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15. I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.
What a change from Barack Obama, who gave lip service to honoring cops but in reality made their lives so much more difficult by constantly focusing on the rare cases of police brutality — proven, unproven, and disproven — and racism.
Missing the forest for the trees he loved to obsess over instead, Obama helped perpetuate a climate in which police are afraid to do their jobs for fear of being branded as racist brutalizers. As a consequence, violent crimes has risen in many cities and more people are dying, particularly African Americans.
Under Trump, one hopes, the fear cops have will begin to ebb, and police will be able to start locking up more bad guys again and preventing crime. Because black lives matter.
Obama, you’ll remember, had other priorities for White House aesthetics, thumbing his nose at the many Americans who question gay marraige with this.
President Obama today made a big deal of awarding Medals of Valor to law enforcement officers who have performed acts of heroism.
Right, the same Obama who is making their lives impossible by throwing in with the #blacklivesmatter crowd and suggesting that police racism is endemic and offending officers will be prosecuted. The result being that officers have pulled back and more black lives are being ended.
FBI Director James Comey, who seems to operate independently of the White House, thank God, attributed the increase to the “Ferguson effect,” a reference of course to the justified 2014 homicide by a police officer of a young black man who tried to take his gun from him, presumably to kill him with it.
When the officer was exonerated in November, Obama empathized with the misplaced outrage in the black community. “There are Americans who agree with (the decision), and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry,” Obama said. “It’s an understandable reaction.”
And so the murder rate went up in the first quarter of 2015 and has not declined. A report issued last week showed that murder rates have soared this year in major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas.
Have a look at this nonsense from today, if you can bare it.
Greta Van Susteren of Fox News invited President Obama to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
It’s not far, just eight blocks from the White House. Much closer than the golf course.
You know why he needs to honor them? Because #BlackLivesMatter. No one has suffered more from the demonization of the police and the subsequent pullback of law enforcement officers from engagement with the community than the people they are sworn to protect.
That is, the murder rate is rising.
Most cops are heroes. They go to work every day and they don’t know if they’ll come home. And some of them don’t. The president should honor them in the same way he has honored criminals who have been killed by police trying to do their jobs.