Thursday, September 01, 2016
Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare
He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.
But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a rapidly deflating piñata, he decided he should moderate his image.
So off to Mexico he went...
But although Trump did his best to appear presidential, to the point of looking dazed.
Or scared out of his mind...
His meeting with the equally dazed Mexican President ended in confusion.
"Who pays for the wall? We didn't discuss," Trump had said when asked by a reporter during a news conference following their meeting in Mexico City. "We did discuss the wall. We didn't discuss payment of the wall. That'll be for a later date."
But Peña Nieto later claimed the two had discussed the wall and who would pay for it -- and he had "made it clear" to Trump it wouldn't be Mexico. "At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Peña Nieto tweeted, after their meeting Wednesday.
Which must have made many of Trump's racist supporters wonder whether the angry orange was betraying them.
Or as NBC's Joe Scarborough suggests, start calling him Amnesty Don.
But as it turned out, it wasn't long before his rabid redneck supporters were screaming his name again and chanting "Build that wall, build that wall."
As Trump delivered his most racist, and incendiary speech of the whole campaign.
After a respectful visit to Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon, during which he declared Mexico’s president a “friend,” the Republican presidential candidate delivered an angry evening speech in which he again depicted illegal immigrants as a violent horde and threatened to deport all 11 million.
Returning to his trademark shout, he said the plight of the 11 million “doesn’t matter.” He said he would begin deportation proceedings against any illegal immigrant arrested, not only convicted. Speaking at length about citizens killed by illegal immigrants, he called them “dangerous, dangerous, dangerous criminals” and “thugs.”
A speech which had the grotesque Ann Coulter swooning indecently...
Or wetting herself.
The New York Times' Charles Blow calling him a coward.
Donald Trump is the internet troll of presidential politics. When he’s securely removed from the objects of his scorn, he’s tough as nails; when he’s in their presence, he quivers like a bowl of Jell-O.
Case in point: Trump has spent the whole of his campaign maligning Mexican immigrants, people of “Mexican heritage” and the country of Mexico itself.
And yet, when he made the quick decision to visit Mexico Wednesday and meet with that country’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump was much more contrite in his comments. Indeed, for most of the subsequent news conference, Trump looked lost and confused.
And the Democrats questioning his sanity...
And I think they're right.
For it makes no sense to try to look presidential, and appeal to alienated moderate Republicans. Only to blow that effort out of the water just a few hours later.
By playing to the mob...
And looking like a dangerous would be dictator, who would set his own country on fire.
A maniac who as Charles Blow says, shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the White House.
This is what every voter must remember: Trump has two faces and two sets of facts and too much latitude to spread his animus, anti-intellectualism and lies, and he must never see the inside of the Oval Office.
And since I strongly agree with that, and I don't think the angry orange can help himself, I think I'll stick to my humble prediction.
The wall made Donald Trump.
And it will bring him down...
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