Trump once again leans on clueless Fox News hosts for policy advice.
What’s behind Trump’s recent, two-day Twitter freakout over immigration? Fox News, of course.
Posting a series of incoherent and blatantly false “policy” tweets about Dreamers, Mexico, and the border wall, Trump ended what had been more than a week of relative quiet, where he refrained from name-calling and picking dopey fights.
But he returned to his juvenile tweeting on Easter of all days, even talking trash about Mexico to reporters as he entered church.
What sparked his rage? Turns out he spent his holiday weekend at Mar-a-Lago hanging out with a number of radical, anti-immigration Fox News players, who clearly prompted Trump’s hate storm.
They included chronically wrong Sean Hannity, unsettled Jeanine Pirro, and former Fox News boss Bill Shine.
This is just the latest example of how Trump, when not hiring Fox News employees for his administration, uses talk shows hosts as his de facto policy advisers.
Among the other weekend guests were former boxing promoter Don King; Bernie Kerik, the former NYPD commissioner who has served time in jail; and a loyal Trump supporter, Mike Lindell, the founder of the My Pillow company.
It’s not entirely clear why Trump is now whining so loudly about a missing deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act”), since he was the one who unilaterally dismantled the popular and successful program in September, with no plan to replace it.
Since then, he’s rejected several bipartisan proposals that would have provided a legislative fix for the plight of the Dreamers.
Also during that time, Trump’s administration has lost a series of court decisions regarding DACA. Most significantly, the U.S. Supreme Court in February refused to hear a DACA case, which means the program continues to remain in place for now.
So Trump’s recent, bitter Twitter pronouncement about there being “NO MORE DACA DEAL” is pure gibberish, since no DACA deal currently exists.
Even a Fox News poll found that 83 percent of voters support allowing “illegal immigrants” working in the United States to become legal immigrants.
Also gibberish is the entire construct of Trump’s hate campaign about a looming, illegal invasion across America’s southern border. It’s simply not happening.
Oh and by the way, Mexico still isn’t paying for the wall.