The Donald’s “Great Wall of Trump” was a lie from the beginning, a clever marketing ploy to tap in to the legions of Americans who are deeply concerned about America’s national sovereignty and her obeisance to the open borders lobby.
Nevertheless, this huckster succeeding in grasping the GOP nomination based on lies.
Trump will not erect an impenetrable wall to stop illegal immigration.
Trump will not oppose amnesty.
We knew those two truths before the GOP Convention.
David French put it well: “There’s the bizarre wall fantasy, as if we’re going to get – for free! – some combination of the Great Wall of China and the Maginot Line on our southern border.”
Final Presidential Debate
The Great Wall of Trump is, like the Statue of Liberty, symbolic. It symbolizes the substance of the debate over national identity, national sovereignty, border control, and amnesty.
And, like Trump himself, it is a sham.
In the final 2016 presidential debate, Trump started out strong, definitively declaring, “We need strong borders. We need absolute – we cannot give amnesty.”
Then, moments later, Trump rambling equivocation should give his supporters pause (emphasis added):
“Now, I want to build the wall. We need the wall. And the Border Patrol, ICE, they all want the wall. We stop the drugs. We shore up the border. One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones – we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We’re going to get them out; we’re going to secure the border. And once the border is secured, at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out.”
So, Trump pledges to “secure the border” and get the “bad hombres” out (the “drug lords”) and, “at a later date,” figure out what to do with the rest. Sounds a lot like amnesty and a lot like an insecure border.
Shifting Goal Posts
Ann Coulter famously championed Trump for his alleged Great Wall of Trump and his alleged “mass deportation” of millions of illegal aliens.
Responding to the Hollywood Reporter’s question – “What’s the top thing you like about Trump? – Coulter replied:
“In this order: Immigration, immigration, immigration, flagrantly violates all the rules of political correctness, immigration, no more pointless wars, will bring back manufacturing, immigration and immigration.”
Coulter was so cocksure of herself that she declared, “If there’s one thing we’re going to get out of a Trump presidency, it’s a wall.”
In her book, Coulter confided, “Until the bleeding has stopped, there’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.”
On the very day her hagiography of Trump was published, the Trump campaign began its reversal of his immigration policy positions.
Heather Wilhelm noted, “Trump appears to be breezily selling out his stances on Coulter’s favorite policy topics – those would be immigration and mass deportation – on the very week of her ‘In Trump We Trust’ book release.”
Wilhelm continued, “Trump has spent the last week – again, the week of Coulter’s book release! – signaling there’s no way he’s going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” telling Sean Hannity that illegals would have to “pay back taxes.”
Trump explained to Hannity, “But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.”
As reported in New York Magazine, Coulter quickly expressed the first two stages of grief: denial and anger. In fact, she experienced all five stages in little more than one day.
In denial, Coulter told Extra TV: “I don’t think he really did [soften his immigration position]. He just said something stupid, which he’s done before, and he will do again… he does need a little slap now and then. But no, his policy is to put Americans first on everything. If he does that, he’s fine.”
But Coulter rapidly moved on to the final stage of grief – acceptance. Coulter said, “If [Trump] got rid of deporting illegals altogether, which he is not, it would still be better than any Republican who has run for president in my lifetime.” (Didn’t Ronald Reagan run for president in her lifetime?)
Coulter told the Washington Examiner, “The policy is anyone who’s here illegally is here illegally, does not have the right to be here. We’ll decide whether it’s in our best interest to let them stay or not. Perhaps it is in our interest to let some of them stay.”
So much for mass deportation.
And the wall.
Trump’s own Op-Ed from 2013 refutes his recently manufactured respect for American sovereignty. Trump wrote: “We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability.” Sounds an awful lot like Hillary’s “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”
Trump continued: “The future of Europe, as well as the United States, depends on a cohesive global economy. All of us must work toward together toward that very significant common goal.”
Amnesty, yes. Wall, no.
Trump Brought Amnesty Back to Life
Just as his entire presidential campaign can be reasonably interpreted as a sham to give the presidency to Hillary, so, too, his hostile opposition to amnesty appears to have been counterproductive, perhaps purposely so.
Red State’s Neil Stevens spotted a disturbing trend. Looking at Fox News polls from July 2010 to the present, Stevens discovered a dramatic shift in support for amnesty.
According to Stevens, “in July 2010, amnesty was only up 4 points, 49-45.” When Trump launched his campaign, the pro-amnesty cohort gained momentum: “64-30.” What about now? Stevens noted, “In the newest Fox poll, Amnesty’s lead has increased by 22 points since Trump’s campaign launched and now leads by an amazing 74-18 supermajority.”
“Donald Trump’s core campaign issue is to boot the Mexicans out, but over the course of his campaign, nearly half the people who used to support deportations no longer do so. Amnesty has taken an overwhelming lead of support. This is why Republicans are losing: they’ve picked a loser of a candidate who is driving people away.”