If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join Them

By Susan Kuebler

Last night Donald Trump had dinner with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi at the White House.  Following his well-known pattern of following the advice of the last person he talked to, Trump came out today supporting DACA and Dreamer kids.  Don’t believe me?  Here are his own words:

Anyone who has followed the news, either through social media or main stream media, knows that the alliance of Trump-Ryan-McConnell in a Republican-controlled Congress has accomplished nothing, zero, zip, nada after almost seven months in office.  The only exception was the confirmation, required only in the Senate, of Trump’s pick for a Supreme Court judge, and that came months ago.  In fact, the only piece of major legislation passed by Congress was the one bill Trump did not want – enforcing sanctions against Russia.

Donald Trump promised the people that there would be so much winning – everyone would get tired of winning.  Instead of winning, we got whining.  So much whining – everyone is tired of the whining.  Trump claimed his business background proved he would make the best deals. Has anybody seen any deals?  Trump has threated to undo NAFTA, an alliance that is critical to the livelihood of many of the people who voted for him.  In fact, it took Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to show a color-coded map to Trump to prove to him how disastrous this would be.

Trump promised that while he lacked political skills, he would hire only the best people.  Let’s take a look at some of these people Trump hired.

General Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor – fired after 24 days in office
Michael Dubke, White House Communications Director – resigned after 86 days in office
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary “resigned” after 182 days in office
Michael Short, Assistant Press Secretary, resigned or fired after 186 days in office
Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff – resigned after 189 days in office
Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist – fired after 210 days in office
Sebastian Gorka, White House Counterterrorism Advisor – fired after Steve Bannon left

And the record-holding Anthony Scaramucci – White House Communications Director – resigned after a mere 11 days in office

This list does not include the numerous people who withdrew their nominations to positions in the Trump administration due to conflicts of interest or inability to pass background checks.  Not to mention the excellent people from previous administrations he fired or who resigned: James Comey, Sally Yates, Preet Bharara.

Trump promised his supporters that on day one in office he would repeal and replace ObamaCare with a “beautiful” plan, he would build a wall on the Mexican border and Mexico would pay for it, he would re-negotiate the deal with Iran, re-negotiate nearly all of our trade deals with other countries, and that every child in America would get a pony.  Okay, he didn’t promise the last one, but that has just as much of a chance happening as his other promises.  What Trump failed to realize, and it is slowly dawning on him, is that he is not in sole charge of the country.  Being President is not the same as being a CEO.  He doesn’t get to tell Congress and the courts what to do.  In many instances, it is the other way around.  Having a majority in Congress does not guarantee passage of any old bill he likes. As Arizona Senator John McCain recently pointed out, the Senate doesn’t work for Donald Trump, it works for the American people.

Recently Trump placed the blame for the failure of the healthcare legislation on Speaker Paul Ryan. NOW he thinks it should not have been the first legislation the new Congress should have tackled.  He has expressed his displeasure with both Ryan and McConnell for their failure to pass his legislation.  Both of these men, no matter what you might think of them, are old hands in the politics of Capitol Hill, and one has to wonder what advice they gave him behind closed doors.  Certainly not any advice that he took.  After denouncing previous bi-partisan efforts (remember the “Gang of Eight” on immigration or that he called on McConnell to do away with the filibuster) Trump is  now the one reaching across the aisle.

By publicly aligning himself with the Democrat leaders of Congress, Schumer and Pelosi, Trump has essentially given the middle finger to the Republicans in Congress as well as some of his most devoted followers.  Here are some of the responses from his die-hard fans:

Ann Coulter, the author of the book In Trump We Trust

And Sycophant-in-Chief Sean Hannity

The “reports” he refers to are that Trump is pissing off his base (ya think?) but of course it can’t be Trump’s fault.  It has to be the Republicans’ fault.

And Breitbart News has gone absolutely apoplectic.  Their story “Trump Caves On DACA, Wants “Quick” Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens” has already received over 37,000 comments.

In fact, Trump doesn’t care if he pisses off his base.  He knows, as he said during the campaign, that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and still not lose voters.  What Trump does care about, immensely, is winning.  Thus far in his presidency he has not been winning at anything.  People are being to realize that what he really is, is a loser and the thought of that must keep him up at night. His approval ratings, that began lower than any recent president, have continued to decline throughout the year.  So he will do whatever he has to do to bring about a win.  If that means making a deal with the devil, or Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, (for many on the far right there is no difference) then make a deal with them he will.

As tempting as it may be for the #NeverTrump people to say “We told you so” it is still only Thursday.  Trump could easily do a 180 degree turn by this time tomorrow.  No doubt the Democrats are wary, but recognize they now hold the upper hand.  They can hand Trump the win he so desperately craves.  And they will play that hand for everything it is worth.

As Trump himself stated so many times during his campaign “You knew damn well I was a snake when you took me in.”

 

“All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well”. Julian of Norwich.

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