Delusional Trump Boasts Hispanics Will ‘Fall In Love’ With Him Once He Starts Deporting Dreamers
Trump Capped Off A Bizarre Morning on Twitter with An Outlandish and Unfounded Claim about non-existant Hispanic support for his immigration policies.
If you were hoping that President Trump would take a more reasoned approach on Twitter in 2018, consider your dreams officially extinguished before lunchtime on January 2nd.
He began by suggesting political opponents be jailed. That was followed up with yet another promise of a “Wall“. Next, more exaggerations and half-truths about the GOP Tax Reform Bill. Then there was another playing-with-nuclear-fire dig at “Rocket Man“, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un. Subsequently, there was a far-out claim that his doing nothing improved airline safety. And of course, no morning tweetstorm is complete without a dig at the “failing” New York Times.
Yet all of this pales in comparison to his “grand finale”, where he bragged that “Hispanics” would “fall in love” with the Republican Party once he deports the so-called Dreamers — children of undocumented immigrants who fell under 2012’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
The president leaves out one big detail, in his unfounded assumption of Hispanic love: he’s the person responsible for ending DACA. The Department of Homeland Security, at Trump’s behest, released a statement in September saying:
This memorandum rescinds the June 15, 2012 memorandum entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” which established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). For the reasons and in the manner outlined below, Department of Homeland Security personnel shall take all appropriate actions to execute a wind-down of the program, consistent with the parameters established in this memorandum.
If the White House does not come to a resolution with Congress (which will require Democratic support), over 750,000 Dreamers will be unable to attain legal work and face deportation. Hardly a recipe for their families to fall in love with the GOP.
Donald Trump’s social and political history with America’s Latino population is well known for both his hatred (such as when he launched his campaign for the White House by saying Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals“) and it’s blatant empty pandering (“I Love Hispanics” as a caption to an image of Trump eating Taco salad.) But polls indicate this blatant pandering does nothing for his cause. He may assume that Latino voters are part of the “the poorly educated” voting bloc that he admitted he relied on, but the facts say otherwise. A Newsweek analysis of a Pew Research Poll in December found:
Trump’s approval among blacks also fell over the past 10 months, to seven percent from 14 percent, while his standing among Hispanic voters is stagnant at 17 percent.
17% among Hispanics. That’s supposed to suddenly skyrocket when DACA ends and Dreamers are forcibly deported? No, if you were hoping for less calamity from the Trump twitter feed this year, that derailed train has unfortunately left the station.
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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)