Many conservatives are absolutely furious that President Trump has reversed course and has decided not to fight for funding for a border wall. With the Democrats poised to take control of the House of Representatives in January, this was Trump’s last best chance to get border wall funding, and now the battle is over before it even began. But the border wall was the centerpiece issue of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and a lot of top conservatives are publicly slamming Trump because they feel completely betrayed.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Trump has angered conservatives. The bump-stock ban is just one recent example. But many on the right were still willing to stand with Trump because he was going to fight tooth and nail for a border wall. Less than a week ago, he boldly proclaimed to the entire nation that he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security”…
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security … because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country,” Trump said in an explosive White House meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Dec. 11. “So, I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”
But just a few days later Trump has completely caved, and many conservatives are deeply angry.
For example, author Ann Coulter says that without a border wall “Trump will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people”…
“They’re about to have a country where no Republican will ever be elected president again,” Coulter said. “Trump will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people, amused the populists for a while, but he’ll have no legacy whatsoever.”
When asked if she would vote for Trump in 2020 if there is no wall, the author of the book “In Trump We Trust” said, “No. Nor will, I think, most of his supporters. Why would you? To make sure, I don’t know, Ivanka and Jared can make money? That seems to be the main point of the presidency at this point.”
Ben Shapiro is very frustrated with Trump too, and he is calling Trump’s surrender “a pretty gutless move”…
In any case, it’s a pretty gutless move for the administration to back down from a fight over the wall after revving up Republicans for precisely that fight – especially since back in January, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was forced to back down from his own shutdown attempt while trying to push President Trump to grant amnesty to so-called DREAMers. Americans don’t understand the Democrats’ agenda with regard to the wall. They do understand Trump’s. If Trump agrees with that assessment, backing off a fight is a mistake. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is about to send $4.8 billion to Mexico in development aid. So much for Mexico paying for the wall.
And Michelle Malkin referred to Trump’s move as a “cave” during an interview with Fox & Friends…
“Well, I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” conservative commentator Michelle Malkin told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. “I’m not going to spin it. I wish I could but I can’t. This is a cave. This was a blink.”
Will Trump be able to win in 2020 without the support of hardcore conservatives?
That doesn’t seem likely, but Trump seems to assume that they will back him no matter how he performs while in office.
Some of the most conservative members of Congress are also deeply frustrated that a deal is being made with the Democrats that includes zero money for a border wall. The following is what U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows had to say about this deal on Twitter…
Punting to Feb. 8 on a CR not only gives Democrats a Christmas present, it offers them a Valentine’s Day gift. Democrats will win, the wall will not be built, and Congress will once again have punted when we should’ve been taking a stand. The time to fight is now. Zero excuse.
And on his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan made an excellent point…
Congressional leadership introduces CR until Feb. 8th WITHOUT $5 Billion for the Wall.
Let me get this straight… our chances of getting the Wall will be better in February when Nancy Pelosi is Speaker than now when we have the majority?
President Trump is never going to win over the left, and so the only hope that he has of winning another term is to fire up his base and have them enthusiastically turn out in huge numbers to vote in November 2020.
But if conservatives keep feeling like they have been stabbed in the back, that is not going to happen. Many of them feel like Trump has talked a good game, but that he has always backed down in the end.
At this point, even Fox News is pointing out Trump’s “shifts”…
The shift on the issue would not be the president’s first this year. In March, Trump vowed after signing a $1.3 trillion spending bill with a warning: “I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again.” In September, Trump wrote on Twitter on the importance funding the wall, “REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!”
Either you are a man of your word or you aren’t.
If President Trump wants to win in 2020, he needs to keep his promises.
About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.