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Schumer and Pelosi Own the Shutdown Even as They Try to Blame Trump

Posted on | January 9, 2019 | 1 Comment

 

Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have adopted an anti-American position by insisting that nothing be done to secure the southern border against the flood of illegal aliens. Because they represent constituencies that hate Americans and love foreigners, the Democrat leaders believe that they can “win” the confrontation with President Trump over the partial federal government shutdown. And because their allies in the media share the same attitude — they love big government, and hate the American people — Schumer and Pelosi live inside an echo chamber where everyone is telling them that they are doing the right thing: No wall, not today, not tomorrow, never.

President Trump believes he can win this fight, no matter how much the Democrats and the anti-American media attack him, and in his speech to the nation Tuesday night, he made his case:

Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country. We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country.
America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.
Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.
In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.
This is a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.
Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States — a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system.
This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end. . . .

You can read the whole thing. The anti-American media have responded by publishing “fact checks” full of Democrat talking points and polls claiming that the president’s position is unpopular. The real question is: Who will Americans believe?

President Trump is taking the side of ICE agents; Democrats are taking the side of the drug dealers and human traffickers. The president doesn’t have to get everyone to believe him in order to win this fight. He is aiming his argument directly at the voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio who elected him in 2016. They want him to stand strong against illegal immigration, and he understands this. Molly Hemingway notes that the response to Trump’s speech confirms that the media are “out of their minds with rage about Trump,” a rage that is the majority opinion in New York and California, the states represented by Schumer and Pelosi. However, the 2020 election will not be decided in New York and California. No matter how much anti-Trump rage the Democrats can gin up among the coastal elites, it is heartland voters who wield the decisive power in American politics, and they’re still on Trump’s side.

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