Donald Trump does upside-down-and-backwards so well that his followers actually believe they are getting jobs and tax cuts. The opposite is actually true. Yet, the man sitting in the Oval Office tweets out to the world an alternate reality that is truly remarkable.
As everyone knows, the president is a sucker for compliments, but that is not enough. He has to tell everyone all about them with his tweets. Trump does not miss an opportunity to pat himself on the back. His Tuesday morning tweets also grabbed responsibility for big companies’ end-of-the-year bonuses:
‘Companies are giving big bonuses to their workers because of the Tax Cut Bill. Really great!’
No, companies are giving not-that-big bonuses to their employees, because it means a great tax break for them. Then, Trump went on to make sure everyone knew about the compliments the National Border Patrol Council president gave him:
‘Thank you to Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council for your kind words on how well we are doing at the Border. We will be bringing in more & more of your great folks and will build the desperately needed WALL!’
The union president had gone on Fox and Friends and gave Trump a glowing review. The Washington Times reported that he told host Steve Doocy:
‘There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before. In the 20 years I’ve been in the patrol, we haven’t seen this type of energy, and we’re excited because we signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job.’
Donald Trump must have missed Judd’s comment about his wall. The union president said that a gigantic contiguous wall was not nearly as important as “strategic locations” barricades, such as in San Diego and El Paso. Judd continued:
‘The president has done a great job of actually enforcing the law — something we didn’t see in the last eight years. And if we continue to do that, then a clear message will be sent throughout the world that if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back.’
It is sad that the most powerful man in the world needs a constant stream of compliments. They will never fill the black hole of need that must exist within Trump.
Twitter followers immediately pointed out how little the average American worker will get compared to the windfall the top 0.001 percent get. That includes Trump and his children.
Then, there were the tweeters who pointed out the obvious:
‘America desperately needs an impeachment. Not a wall.’
A wall will not prevent people who want to tunnel under it, pole vault over it, or simply go around it. A wall would not be a deterrent, but more of a challenge. Nevertheless, the president has people working on prototypes right now.
Although the president spoke about his wall across the southern U.S. border frequently at his rallies, he has been in office almost a year with no tangible effort so far. He has pushed his tax cut bill into law, though.
Trump has changed the rules for ICE, so that members of the law enforcement agency can grab people as they come out of government buildings or as they pick up their children from school, as their kids watch in terror.
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