SE Cupp: On his key issue, Trump has utterly and completely lost

As the President took to the Oval Office for the first time in his presidency to make the case for his borde...

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 2:53 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 2:53 PM

As the President took to the Oval Office for the first time in his presidency to make the case for his border wall and for House Democrats to approve it, questions loomed: Would he declare a national emergency? (He didn't.) Would he include misleading and inaccurate information to bolster his case? (He did.) Would he stay on Teleprompter? (He appeared to.)

But did anything change? Between Trump's address and the Democratic responses from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, neither side seems ready to compromise. It looks likely that the partial government shutdown will continue.

Donald Trump

Government and public administration

Misc people

Political Figures - US

Political organizations

Politics

S.E. Cupp

US Democratic Party

US political parties

What a waste. To take you back: Trump's ascendency to the presidency began with that descent on the golden escalator at Trump Tower. It began with a crudely-worded description of the illegal immigration crisis and a promise to secure the borders. That single message, drummed on over and over again for a year and a half, galvanized a sizable enough voting block to win him the presidency.

And instead of turning that capital into currency, doing the work of getting legislation to his desk while Republicans held the majority, he squandered it. He preferred governing by tweet, slamming the press, sowing distrust in our institutions and turning Americans against each other at WWE-style rallies meant to stoke his fragile ego. On his key issue, his raison d'être, he has utterly and completely lost.

So here we are, just a week into the new Congress, and the President is left making a scripted plea to a national audience that increasingly doesn't believe him and to a Democratic Party that finally holds some cards. He's in a far weaker position than he was a year or two ago, and yet he's asking Democrats for more in border funding than he ever asked from his fellow Republicans. This isn't how any of this works.

Also wasted? The President's speech. While lacking his usual bluster and bravado, he made a fairly convincing case -- not for a deal from Democrats, but for the need to finally solve this intractable problem that's been exploited and punted by presidents and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for far too long.

He spoke of the humanitarian crisis caused by a broken system. He spoke of the scourge of human trafficking and drug trafficking. He highlighted recent victims of heinous crimes committed by illegal immigrants. He talked about the real problem of MS-13 and the need to make our communities safer.

That's all compelling, and a majority of Americans support securing our borders. But for any of what Trump said to resonate you'd have to pretend you don't know what he really thinks.

You'd have to pretend he never said that Mexicans are "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." You'd have to forget he ever defended the cruel and inhumane policy of separating children from their parents as a form of deterrence. You'd have to forget what he thinks about "shithole countries," or that he referred, in Charlottesville, to some "very fine people" -- who just happen to want to kill American blacks and Jews.

And you'd have to pretend he didn't recently boast that he is what everyone already knew: a nationalist.

That is the real Donald Trump. The man we saw Tuesday night in the Oval Office is just acting -- with a gun to his head -- and not very well. What a waste, indeed.

West Lafayette
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 65°
Kokomo
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 63°
Rensselaer
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 61°
Fowler
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 61°
Williamsport
Overcast
62° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 62°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 61°
Frankfort
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 66°
Delphi
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
Monticello
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
Logansport
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Dry, windy, very warm weather, followed by scattered rain & much cooler conditions.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115407

Reported Deaths: 3566
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21196765
Lake10493323
Elkhart6528110
St. Joseph6392106
Allen6178202
Hamilton4848109
Vanderburgh360930
Hendricks2715123
Monroe256036
Tippecanoe239113
Johnson2305123
Clark221457
Porter213647
Delaware194262
Cass19419
Vigo182526
Madison164375
LaPorte142340
Floyd135862
Howard130563
Warrick128038
Kosciusko121617
Bartholomew116457
Marshall100824
Dubois96919
Boone96846
Hancock92143
Grant91934
Noble90832
Henry79826
Wayne75414
Jackson7499
Morgan71638
Shelby67229
Daviess66328
Dearborn66028
LaGrange63411
Clinton59914
Harrison57624
Putnam56412
Knox5159
Gibson5114
Lawrence51129
Montgomery50821
White48514
DeKalb47611
Decatur45839
Miami4353
Greene42435
Fayette42113
Jasper3942
Steuben3807
Scott37311
Sullivan33712
Posey3240
Jennings31312
Franklin30725
Clay3005
Ripley2968
Orange28824
Carroll27413
Whitley2707
Washington2651
Wabash2648
Starke2637
Adams2613
Wells2614
Jefferson2483
Spencer2413
Fulton2382
Huntington2363
Tipton22622
Perry22113
Randolph2167
Jay1800
Newton17311
Owen1681
Martin1640
Rush1554
Pike1471
Vermillion1280
Fountain1232
Blackford1193
Pulaski1131
Crawford1050
Brown1043
Parke962
Benton880
Ohio787
Union780
Switzerland690
Warren391
Unassigned0226

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events