Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com
While Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning posting delusional and self-serving tweets, reality continues to intrude on his failed presidency.
Facing the prospect of a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms, Trump has now taken to insisting that Hispanic voters will “fall in love” with him, and with Republicans who support Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and policies:
Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
The reality, of course, is that Trump launched his bid for the presidency by attacking Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” continued that campaign with relentlessly racist attacks on Hispanic people and others, campaigned on building a border wall that he promised would be paid for by Mexico, and as president, rescinded President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans vulnerable to deportation.
Frankly, it’s a wonder Trump has held onto so much of his resentful white base after he immediately went back on his promise to force Mexico to pay for the border wall. Now, Trump is holding those DACA kids hostage in order to secure funding for the wall, and predicting that Hispanic voters will reward him for that effort.
Former Hillary Clinton adviser Neera Tanden summed up Trump’s prediction perfectly:
You eliminated DACA. No one is as dumb as this tweet. https://t.co/5SFMnb4MHg
— Neera Tanden🖖🏼 (@neeratanden) January 2, 2018
The Latino Victory Fund’s reaction was even more succinct:
— Latino Victory (@latinovictoryus) January 2, 2018
Democrats, meanwhile, have consistently supported a fix for DACA recipients, and even came close to tricking Trump into a deal several months ago. The notion that anyone who cares about DREAMers would ever embrace Trump is as absurd as it gets, even for Trump.
The blue wave is coming, and Trump is powerless to stop it. If this tweet is to be believed, he’ll never know what hit him.