Wednesday, August 31, 2016
This ought to be good: Ahead of a Phoenix speech today in which he is supposed to explain what kinder, gentler immigration policy he has finally landed on (for now), Republican president candidate Donald Trump is taking an impromptu trip to Mexico.
Can we build the wall now, while trump is in Mexico?— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 31, 2016
The Trump campaign appears to have convinced itself that the candidate will face not merely a polite reception but will win actual policy concessions for his lunatic agenda, reports Politico:Can't wait to see how this goes—as well as the speech tonight. I'm sure it will move the needle on Team Trump's Latino support.
“Trump realized this would be a brilliant time to do it and is trying to pull it together last minute,” according another person close to the campaign who has been briefed by a campaign staffer. “Would be a major power play. It’s like he’s already negotiating on behalf of America.” The person suggested that the meeting could, for example, allow Trump to agree to deport only criminals if the Mexican president offered some sort of concession in return.
Sure, it makes tons of sense for Mexico’s president to offer up concessions to somebody who is not the sitting president, has a low probability of ever becoming president, continually changes his own stances, does not understand public policy in general, and is also probably the most hated person in Mexico since James K. Polk.