Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Did Trump Lose His Nerve on Killing DACA?

Following Attorney General Sessions announcement Tuesday morning that DACA would be rescinded with a 6-month delay, all hell broke lose in reaction to the Trump administration move.

It was a reaction that came from politicians and corporate America alike.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  even declared his city a "No Trump Zone."

Microsoft responded strongly.

"There is nothing that we will be pushing on more strongly for Congress to act on," Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said in an interview with NPR.

Smith added that it won't be easy for the government to deport Microsoft employees who are DREAMers: "[The government's] going to have to go through us to get that person," Smith said.

The fury unleashed by the morning announcement seemed to cause Trump to blink.

By the evening the President tweeted this out:
The immigrant-hating, Steve Bannon-led, Breitbart new agency saw the Presidential tweet as a blunder and a sign of weakness:
 Without clear limits to what the president will accept, Congress’s debate over DACA will slouch towards amnesty — prodded by media hysteria, Democrats’ lust for votes, and GOP fear of the donor class. That is doubly true if Trump is seen to be cheering for a DACA-like outcome.

Whatever caused Tuesday evening’s DACA tweet — perhaps a loss of nerve in a Bannon-less West Wing — it was an error from which Trump must extricate himself, and soon.
Trump is going to get hit from all sides. His immigrant-hating base will be outraged by any further signs of weakness on the issue, while corporations and the political class will slam him for his attempted move to throw out 800,000 decent people.

That Trump is in this political mess is once again all of his own making. His skills as a strategic thinker are near zero. He is a street hustler and can't seem to move to the next level--and he certainly hasn't learned any basic economics.


1 comment:

  1. As I've stated before, I think in "real life" he is either a delegator, or he doesn't interfere when his good employees run things. In this highly-visible situation, he feels he has to be a "general", so he's 100% "hands on." Mostly for the good of us all since he's incompetent at it, but disappointing on critical issues like repealing Obamacare where real leadership might have made the difference (but, when one doesn't understand free enterprise, it's impossible to provide real leadership).