Opinion: ‘Amnesty Don’ betrays his base

(AP)

Well, well, well ….

After campaigning for months on an angry, “deport ’em all” theme, President Trump reached a broad if still undefined deal Wednesday night with Democratic leaders in which he will support amnesty for some 800,000 illegal immigrants brought here as children.

They will get legal status. They will get work permits. They will also get a pathway to full American citizenship, which will include the right to vote.

Because as Trump put it in a tweet this morning:

On the one hand, I agree with him. On the other, it’s impossible to forget that he himself wanted to “throw out good, educated and accomplished young people,” that he had made such a deed a central focus of his campaign.

In addition, Trump has agreed with Democrats not to demand funding for his precious “wall” as a condition of this amnesty, which he wants passed soon. As described by both Trump and his Democratic partners, the final deal would include additional funding for border security, and Trump would continue to at least pretend to seek wall construction through other means.

In fact, in Trump’s new telling, “building that beautiful wall” to replace the “little toy walls” now in existence has been redefined to mean repairing and extending those very same “little toy walls.” That too is quite a change in policy and tone.

As you might expect, the reaction from the right has been delicious. At Steve Bannon’s home site at Breitbart, Trump has suddenly become “Amnesty Don,” the man who has shamefully executed “a full-fledged cave on the issue of giving amnesty.”

Breitbart commenters were even more blunt:

And then there were these shining examples of conservative leadership:

Trump’s new position doesn’t by any means guarantee that Republican leaders in Congress will go along with his deal. However, if Trump’s six-month extension of DACA ends without congressional action and highly unpopular deportations begin, he will have handed Democrats a mighty powerful weapon to use against GOP incumbents in the 2018 mid-terms.

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UPDATE at 4:20 p.m.: It now appears that in response to conservative blowback, Trump is trying to back out of the deal that he had earlier confirmed. As a White House spokesman put it, clarifying nothing,Β “The Trump administration will not be discussing amnesty. What the Trump administration will discuss is a responsible path forward in immigration reform, that could include legal citizenship over a period of time.”

So, no talk of amnesty, but a path to legal citizenship, sure!Β  It all confirms the thesis below.

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Finally, nobody should be under any illusions that this latest iteration is somehow the “real Donald Trump.” There is no real Donald Trump. The man is a shape-shifter, becoming whatever he needs to be at any given moment before any given crowd to win applause for Donald Trump. He doesn’t “dance with the girl who brought him,” as the saying goes. He’ll dance with any damn girl who strikes his fancy, including the wives and daughters of his friends.

And if that means that those who put their faith in him feel completely betrayed, then in his mind that’s their fault for falling for it.

Which of course it is.

 

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Chris Timms
Chris Timms

lmao. You base your story on what a politician (liar) says they agreed on. I'll just wait to see where this goes.

Jimi Lopex
Jimi Lopex

Amnesty is a positive thing for undocumented people and for The United States of America more money for our country! Amigos are gonna start buying houses, real state is gonna go up! Car dealers are gonna start selling more cars and DMV is gonna get more revenue,no more money for police departments, no more unlicensed drivers amigos are gonna open businesses and that means more jobs Airlines are gonna be more busy than before cause amigos can travel with the right State ID banks are gonna see more cash in their empty vaults, no more hiring cash at homes lol Make Amigos Gringos Too lol πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸŒŽπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈοΈ

Kenny Jordan
Kenny Jordan

Pink Floyd should sue that shirt maker. Can republicans come up with something on their own? No creativity at all.

Darrin Stoneking
Darrin Stoneking

No he has not, Republican senators and congressmen have...

Mynky Monroe
Mynky Monroe

Y'all supporters are dumb as hell...\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602...

Dee Hare
Dee Hare

Don The Con boi Racist people will believe anything

Andy Smith
Andy Smith

But of course we believe the mullet wrapper .... NOT! \U0001f602. I see y'all still looking for a journalist!

Carl Hart
Carl Hart

Just what if you don't get a wall cause it stupid waste of money.. Will string of barwire do

Martha Capetillo
Martha Capetillo

He does not betray his base. We stand stronger than ever with MAGA Trump.

Martha Capetillo
Martha Capetillo

Glenn Kuras Mynky Monroe so you are talking about Obama. Yes Obama betrayed the entire country.

Cole Gillespie
Cole Gillespie

I voted for trump and I agree with him taking down daca and giving the power back to Congress. Trump had promises yes but Congress didn't. All and all he is up holding the law and the constitution which is what really matters

Carl Hart
Carl Hart

He don't know what in the constitution are you living under a rock

Michael Walker
Michael Walker

He said he'd crackdown on illegal immigration and instead he once again reneges on a promise bowing to the Democrats.

Tommy Budd
Tommy Budd

Whatever. He plays the Media and AJC like a fiddle! LOVE IT!

Carl Hart
Carl Hart

He playing you open your eyes

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

I totally stand behind Trump. While compaigning, he did say get rid of illegals - he didn't say how. One way is for them to become citizens - also a process to get rid of the thugs and keep the law-abiding, working people - people that want to make a difference and become true Americans that support our country in every way. It's called common sense and common decency.

Pamela Dilg-king
Pamela Dilg-king

Kenny what woman it was already proven a lie so proof please

Pernell Walker-whitfield
Pernell Walker-whitfield

WELL WHY DON'T HE SEBD YOUR KKK BACK TO EUROPE TO START ILLEGALS AREN'T Y'ALL.... MAKE INDIAN CULTURE GREAT AGAIN....

John M. Bentley II
John M. Bentley II

I've witnessed NO decency from the GOP whatsoever. Why? Because they have NONE!

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

Pernell Walker-whitfield I have both Indian and black in my anestry and don't think any of my ancestors were members of the KKK. Stop the hate and anger. I'm sure if you dig into your roots you'd remember your mamma believing in Jesus. Jesus doesn't like ugly (hatred and anger). Try being nice to people. You draw more fies with sugar than you do vinegar. Have a blessed day. Had you truly read and tried to understand my statement, am saying just get rid of the thugs and low life as we the working people don't need to be supporting them while we have homeless people on our streets.

John Smith
John Smith

At least you're not too deplorable...\U0001f602 you still like Trump tho...\U0001f914

Jayden Walker
Jayden Walker

lol, that's funny. Bet you also make excuses for your husband when he beats you

Patrick Attwood
Patrick Attwood

It's funny cause you don't realize Trump just said the opposite of everything you listed off. He flip flopped and illegals are here to stay.

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

Jayden Walker I'm a widow - had 3 husbands - none beat me. BTW, shouldn't you be at work somewhere? Don/t you have a family to support?

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

Patrick Attwood No you must clean your ears out. He has tweeted why would want to get rid of those that are law abiding, no warrants no major criminal history, have and job and contributing to this country. BTW, do you not have a job either?? You should be working.

Joseph Cox
Joseph Cox

Debbie Scallan Baker, Jayden works with me. We're very wealthy investors. Plenty of time to take a break and laugh at Trumpers.

Jayden Walker
Jayden Walker

Wow! 3 Husbands?! The 4th one will probably be free if you've been using the same attorney.

Ucal Yisrael
Ucal Yisrael

Debbie Scallan Baker you are a lie yoyr blood is pure gentile from europe.

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

Tell that to ancestry.com. OK? BTW, I'm a 63 yr old widow - I have nothing to hide. Try to quit hating on people - You need to pray to Jesus like your momma taught you - try to love people. Again, you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar. God bless you and hope you and yours have a great night.

Debbie Scallan Baker
Debbie Scallan Baker

Jayden Walker At 63 I have no reason to remarry. I'm self-sufficient, I have rental property that I rent to people in need of a "hand up" not a "hand-out". Glad to know you two guys are self-employed and can afford to waste your time bashing people for not encouraging hate and not incite violence. Lived in McDonough, Ga for 8 years.Glad to be back in Louisiana although I still have financial interests in Georgia. Lot's of good Christian, Baptist people over there. I'm sure both your moms are proud of all of your comments. Have a blessed evening.

Kenny Jordan
Kenny Jordan

How do you feel about the women that Trump sexually assaulted?

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

Another lie. We are 63 million Trump supporters. We are patient. We know all media lie. Don't be fooled we are here and we are united!

John M. Bentley II
John M. Bentley II

In a country that has in excess of 326,474,013 people, that's not a whole lot. Be patient all you want to, you'll ALWAYS be outnumbered.

Tim Mills
Tim Mills

John M. Bentley II then why did dems lose the election?

John M. Bentley II
John M. Bentley II

Tim Mills: Um, they didn't. It was stolen by the Russians and traitors like you. \U0001f60e

John Smith
John Smith

They lost because the 2016 election was decided in the lowest voter turnout IN THE HISTORY OF ELECTIONS!!! (only 28% of eligible voters voted!) Don't get to happy about this victory. You will have a mountain to climb this next one

John Smith
John Smith

John M. Bentley II I think the disconnect is the fact that many of them can't solve basic math! \U0001f602

John M. Bentley II
John M. Bentley II

There was a time when ignorance was something to be ashamed of, and one educated themselves to overcome it. Now, the GOP wears their stupidity like some badge of honor, and flout it for all to see. It just boggles the mind!

Rene Falck
Rene Falck

John M. Bentley II I'm a part of the GOP. However we would never stand for our party cheating and lying to win. For example Rubio and Cruz. You see where they are. But Killary lied and Cheated Bernie out of his chance with the democratic party knowing what was going on. Wasserman Schultz. LMAO YOU PEOPLE ARE SO HYPOCRITICAL. SUCH A JOKE. MORONS

Ucal Yisrael
Ucal Yisrael

Tim Mills the electoral put all US presidenrs in office. Tgat's how those crookd get in. If no one had went out and voted, they still would picked on of the canidates that was running for office. Trump insult to is showing bold and clear. REPUBLICIANS ARE THE STUPIDEST VOTERS IN THE COUNTRY!!

Jamille Christman
Jamille Christman

According to Russuman polls (which are conservative) it shows only 26 percent of you trumpers approve of him. Guess you aren't as strong as you think. Look at that massive turn out for that pro trump mother of all rallies! Tens of tens showed up.

Kenny Jordan
Kenny Jordan

Your patient? Yeah that's one of your traits.