The Republican Party must now own Donald Trump. For ever more, the Republican Party will be known as the party that put the Trump scourge on the American people. But not all is lost. The Republican Party can put some sanity back into American politics by governing for the people, as they should. This week, the nation faces another potential shutdown and it will likely come down to The Trump Wall and to a solution for the Dreamers. Trump has ensured that the Dreamer issue include money for The Wall.
Donald Trump continues to suffer from Wall Alzheimers. Trump cannot see past The Wall. As far as Donald Trump is concerned, The Wall is his legacy to the America people. At the State of the Union address, Trump reiterated his wall. When his advisers try to temper down the rhetoric that The Wall was just political speech uttered by Trump to get elected, Trump responds that there is no ambiguity to The Wall. As far as Trump is concerned, The Wall will seal the U.S.-México border. Never mind the fact that this is an impossibility. As far as Trump is concerned, who cares, so long as he gets to pretend that he delivered The Wall.
Trump’s entire presidency is now mired on The Wall.
Unfortunately for Trump, reality has the tendency to destroy fantasies, even Donald Trump fantasies.
Now, instead of México paying for The Wall, it will be the U.S. taxpayer who will foot the bill.
So much for México paying for The Wall.
Now, instead of a wall, from sea-to-shinning-sea, Donald Trump has grudgingly accepted that parts of The Wall will be “see through”.
Funny, how rivers and mountains tend to stand in the way of The Wall, even for Trump.
While this is playing out and while the government faces another shutdown, the Republicans are starting to realize that campaign donations are dwindling down for them.
Dwindling campaign funds will likely turn to voter apathy, or worse, voter repudiation of the Republicans during the upcoming midterm elections.
Republican losses in the midterms lay squarely on the feet of the Trump politics.
As Thursday’s government shutdown looms ever closer, it will be interesting to see if the Republicans squirm over The Wall, or will they keep pretending that Donald Trump represents the Republican value set?
In a few days, we will know if the Republican Party has sold its soul to Donald Trump, or are they ready for some much needed redemption.