DACA: 'A Bill Of Love' Or A Bill Of Goods: What's Trump Selling?
"DACA." That's the magic word, the "Open Sesame" of sorts, that stopped Democrats from saying President Donald Trump was senile.
DACA is the acronym for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." The DACA program is Barack Obama's grant of education, food stamps, health care, a shot at a job and a reprieve from deportation for the youthful alien among us.
Or, for the older illegal immigrant who still has that certain, impish je ne sais quoi, and can pass for a younger lawbreaker.
Trump said "DACA," and he said it with love.
At a well-staged, "bipartisan immigration bill roundtable"—CNN's billing—Trump vowed to pass "a bipartisan bill of love":
"If we do this properly, DACA, you're not so far away from comprehensive immigration reform. And if you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat, I don't care. I don't care—I'll take all the heat you want to give me, and I'll take the heat off both the Democrats and the Republicans. My whole life has been heat. (Laughter.) I like heat, in a certain way. But I will. ... We're going to come up with DACA. We're going to do DACA, and then we can start immediately on the phase two, which would be comprehensive. ... I think what we're all saying is we'll do DACA and we can certainly start comprehensive immigration reform the following afternoon. Okay? We'll take an hour off and then we'll start."
Whether the president knew it or not, "comprehensive immigration reform" stands for amnesty.
High on whiffs of a DACA give-away, Democrats and their media dropped the charges of dementia being leveled at the president.
Which is when patriot Ann Coulter charged.
Today was "the worst day of Trump's presidency," she told broadcaster Larry O'Connor. Matter-of-fact, Ms. Coulter stated she was glad she would no longer be alive to witness the nation Mr. O'Connor's children would inherit, if Trump's DACA Bill of Love became a reality.
Ostensibly, President Trump's love-in with Democrats was orchestrated to dispel Michael Wolff's allegations about the president's cognitive competency. The toast of the town, Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," has advanced the thesis that, to quote Steve Bannon, the president "is losing it," and that he lacks a command of the issues, and worse.
If anything, contended Coulter, "the president is not [dispelling] the Michael Wolff book," but confirming "the worst of what White House staff had [allegedly] told Mr. Wolff." And that is that, "The president cares only about his press, has no grasp of the details of policy, and [simply] agrees with the last person to speak."
By extension, Ms. Coulter marveled at how, when petitioned, then-and there, by Senator Dianne Feinstein for a stand-alone DACA Bill, the president simply "nodded," prompting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of all people, to step in to save the day.
McCarthy, a liberal Republican, had to clarify for the president what he was, in fact, acquiescing to, and what Feinstein was demanding: an amnesty bill absent any border-security provisions.
If the president aimed, in this gathering, to convince the viewing public that he was not mentally unstable, observed Coulter, he achieved the opposite. "Not only was Trump not in command of the most basic immigration details, but he agreed with what anyone said, second-to-second. You had completely different proposals being floated—"Tom Cotton's on the one hand, Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein on the other"—only to have Trump second them all.
When asked whether she thought "Trump was betraying the base," Ms. Coulter conceded that, "It's a slow train coming," but this indeed was the case.
"This is a disaster," she repeated to an incredulous Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, where she restated what bears repeating:
The president had, "if anything," lent validation for the Wolff theory of incompetence, what "with his jumping around and abandoning his base." His only hope, implored Ms. Coulter, was "to put the pedal-to-the-metal: fulfill his promises, end chain migration and deport these Dreamers, who should go before the MS13 gangsters."
No doubt. Dreamers vote; MS13 don’t.
"Dreamers," averred Ms. Coulter, "are the Antifa of the illegal community. They're just a Mexican Antifa. They're the worst of the illegals.”
Ms. Coulter further derided the president for assembling an administration in which his son-in-law, daughter, and half of Goldman Sachs carried the day. The presidency has become a "family affair," she asserted.
Who can argue with the fact that none of us Deplorables voted for La Familia, for their investment bankers and for the latter's patronage nexus?
Dripping contempt for "Mr. I'll Build The Wall's" lackluster negotiating skills, Ms. Coulter acknowledged the Democrats' tactical gall. "They don't have the House, the Senate, or the presidency"—yet it was Democrats, not the president, who negotiated with skill.
Incredibly, Democrats were the ones issuing an ultimatum: Give us Dreamers, amnesty and a stand-alone bill in exchange for ... nothing. Whereas Trump, "The Great Negotiator"—Coulter's coinage—pitched up for the meeting declaring in advance he'd sign anything present company handed him.
Ann Coulter has spoken like a true and truthful patriot. For their own good, Deplorables must allow dissenters to keep President Trump honest.
These are early-innings for the ambitious young couple in the White House.
Daddy's girl and her poodle, Jared Kushner, long "to press flesh with local and global elites." As I pointed out, in April of 2017—back when Trump bombed Syria for Ivanka—Davos is coming up. "Befitting young Democrats in high-society," the two want to attend the World Economic Forum, also "the ultimate schmooze fest of the elite."
I suspect the duo will accompany Daddy to Davos. And now that The Donald’s unsexy agenda has yielded to the Democrats and the Mexican Mafia (I mean lobby), Deplorables be damned—Ivanka and Jared will receive a warm welcome from the gilded and the glamorous.
Ilana Mercer has been writing a paleolibertarian column since 1999, and is the author of “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016) & “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa” (2011). Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Gab & YouTube.