Is Donald Trump running the US, or Fox and the base?

Felicia Persaud | 4/12/2018, 4:49 p.m.
In the past few months, El Trumpeto has gone from insisting that he wants a deal on immigration and DACA ...
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In the past few months, El Trumpeto has gone from insisting that he wants a deal on immigration and DACA to saying no DACA deal whatsoever, and he has gone from a campaign of touting his wall to a fence and now to a wall of National Guard troops.

Who can keep up? But one factor seems constant here—it’s that every time the very minuscule shred of the democratic Donald Trump of the past shows up and gives us all hope that there is some shred of decency and humanity still present in this 239 pounds of clay, Fox News gets into his head and his ear.

Trump, a reportedly avid Trump TV—I mean Fox TV watcher—seems to be basing all of his policies from news reports garnered watching the anti-immigrant, racist, GOP propaganda arm, aka state TV.

Forget aides, advisors, national security reports and inside information a president is privy to. El Trumpeto’s brain, like a porous sponge, is being filled with the likes of Napolitano and Hannity, who cannot get enough of pushing the lies that immigrants are simply pouring into the U.S. across the Southern border.

They make the claim, even though all of the data show that illegal entry is down at the Southern border, and has been ever since Trump took office and is down across the country. Now a “state TV” report on an annual Central American immigrant caravan has resulted in El Trumpeto deciding it’s time to swing back to the right—far, far right.

And after a week of hardline tweets scapegoating immigrants while inviting Russia’s Putin to the White House for a visit, Trump sent a bunch of National Guard troops from Texas to the border, as the Department of Homeland Security and border state governors scurried to keep up with the latest impromptu decisions, thanks to the sly Fox!

The reality is that the so-called caravan is not thousands of people, but approximately 500 people, many of whom are staying in Mexico, seeking asylum there. Although some undoubtedly would love the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S., it is tough to see that happening, given the hardline policies already in place.

There are many people on both sides of the argument in the U.S. who have no issue with closing the borders. But there must be a plan to deal with those hard-working, tax-paying, morally upright undocumented immigrants on this side of the border, many of whom have been here for more than a decade and committed no crimes.

So far, neither Trump nor the GOP has come up with such a plan, at least not one that is practical and makes sense beyond the rounding up and deportation of immigrants with minor infractions such as DUI.

The xenophobic agenda is setting the GOP, aka Humpty Dumpty, up for a mighty fall this November. Trump and Jeff Session’s continued hardline, including the recent memo April 6 to end the so-called catch and release policy, in which undocumented immigrants will no longer be released from detention while awaiting a court hearing on their status, is the latest nail in their coffin.

Humpty Dumpty will fall hard, and not Trump, Sessions, state TV, the base and all the troops on the U.S. border will be able to put them back together again.

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.