Does Trump’s Wall have any Real Purpose?…Not really, other than ginning up the base.  That chant was always a staple at his rallies, so Trump wants to show he kept his promise, even with some convoluted logic how Mexico is paying for it.  We have lots more articles at the bottom discussing Trump’s wall, but there are so many they’re not live links since we have a cap.  The links that are live we’ll start right here, with an article stating it’s quite hard to appeal to his hardcore base when they’re basically nuts.  Rubin chimes in about that with these excerpts inside heres-problem-with-only-pitching-your-craziest-supporters:

We find it hard to believe President Trump’s Tuesday night speech is going to convert any skeptics to his wall-building cause. Much has been made — under the “nothing else matters” rubric — of Trump followers’ willingness to disbelieve facts, rationalize his conduct and maintain their undiluted adoration for him. The flip side of that, however, is that a large majority of voters — much larger than Trump’s base — is equally convinced that he is a liar. You don’t need to be a polling guru to know that results in a lopsided defeat, precisely what we saw in the midterm elections. When it comes to the border wall, a high percentage of Americans remain convinced that we don’t need it. Reuters released a poll in advance of the president’s speech underscoring the president’s problem. “The national opinion poll, which ran from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, found that 51 percent of adults believe Trump ‘deserves most of the blame’ for the shutdown, which entered its 18th day on Tuesday. That is up 4 percentage points from a similar poll that ran from Dec. 21 to 25.” Meanwhile, only 32 percent blame Democrats and 7 percent blame congressional Republicans. Add that together and 58 percent blame Republicans, 32 percent Democrats. Even worse, Trump seems to be having a negative impact on support for a less-draconian measure. (“The poll found that 41 percent of the public supports building additional border fencing, down 12 points from a similar poll that ran in the first week of 2015, as opposition doubled among Democrats.”) It gets worse from there: “It also found that only 35 percent of adults in the United States support a congressional spending bill that includes funding for the wall, and 25 percent support Trump’s decision to keep the government closed until Congress approves funding for the wall.” 

How did the president get in the position of doubling down on such an unpopular stance? It is what comes from believing that Sean Hannity is representative of the average American, as well as from spouting fake statistics over and over again — even after they’ve been repeatedly debunked. Trump’s obsession with the mainstream media works two ways. He uses it as a punching bag to deflect from his own mistakes and bad results. He never learns from mistakes. However, in refusing to believe mainstream news reports and polling, no matter how solid the data, he winds up flying blind a good deal of the time. He simply won’t believe the wall is unpopular or that he lost the House in a wipe-out, in large part, because many voters have come to distrust him and recoil from his appeals to nativism. In sum, Trump probably lost this fight a long time ago — right around the time he dishonestly hyped the migrant caravan as part of a pre-election stunt. After that, no one but his own hardcore followers were going to believe much of anything he had to say on immigration.

That Base has been Dumbed Down by Fox

That TV network & the echo as a whole are key reasons why the conservative base has gotten so bat**** crazy, especially with the constant repetition of hardcore nonsense over many years.  Fox fake news has served the prez well as his talking head since winning the GOP nomination in 2016 & even before.  They’ve been caught in lies, distortions, deflections & exaggerations on a daily basis.  Often they simply ignore a big story, so Fox viewers don’t even get the real news.  See these excerpts from paul-manafort-s-russian-collusion-smoking-gun-little-interest-fox-news on a big news story that broke a few days ago:

New reports that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with an individual connected to Russian intelligence have received little attention on Fox News. Previously, the question of whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia has been an endless topic of discussion on the network, with Fox serving as a hub for “no collusion” defenders of Trump. On January 8, a major story broke on the collusion issue with reports surfacing that improperly redacted court documents filed by Manafort’s legal team indicate that Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Konstantin V. Kilimnik, an individual widely believed to have ties to Russian intelligence

This bombshell development has been the subject of just three brief news packages from Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge as of 12 p.m. EST, according to a search of iQ Media. The only other mentions of the story have been two headlines during the January 9 broadcasts of Fox & Friends First and America’s Newsroom, and a 32-second report from Fox News host Sandra Smith on America’s Newsroom. Notably, Smith’s report was a brazen attempt to get ahead of the story and move the goalposts, in which she found room to add “there is no indication that … then-candidate Trump was aware of any interaction.” 

Trump’s favorite news show Fox & Friends didn’t cover the Manafort story during its January 9 broadcast. That show has bent over backward to dismiss investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, and it has previously ignored reports that suggested collusion did occur. Collusion has been an endless topic of discussion on Fox News, with the network’s commentary on the issue vacillating between the claims that there was no collusion and that if collusion did occur, it is not improper or a crime. According to a Media Matters  review of 487 segments on Hannity about the first year of Mueller’s investigation, 191 segments included commentators suggesting that there had been no collusion between Trump or his associates and Russia, and 25 segments involved commentators suggesting that collusion is not a crime.

Crazy Fox

The far-right extremists who call the shots on echo-messaging arguably have a firmer grip on the GOP base than Trump does.  That’s why Trump is so scared of them & often defers to them, so together they orchestrated this asinine government shutdown.  And the prez keeps reassuring the radical right-wing lunatics like Hannity, Limbaugh & the hosts on Fox & Friends, that he won’t back down from the buffoonish & destructive ideas they laid out for him: trump_tweets_doocy_promise_not_cave_on_wall.  Since the echo & particularly Fox fake news serve as Trump’s de facto boss, this next article asks the legit question how long will Fox News draw out this shutdown?so-when-will-fox-news-finally-let-donald-trumps-shutdown-end.

So Trump & his echo keep raging on, echoing the same contrived talking points they made up together, defined by their trademark nativism & fearmongering as revealed in trump-channels-hannity-and-lou-dobbs-fear-mongers-for-the-wall & also lou-dobbs-and-sean-hannity-advised-trump-shutdown-strategy-his-oval-office-speech-reflected-it.  And next we see echo-dopes supporting Trump’s wall position by complaining illegal aliens are taking jobs away from Americans, conveniently overlooking Trump’s golf clubs are guilty of that very same practice: mark_levin_dismisses_suffering_government_employees_ignores_trump_hiring_illegal_immigrants.

But one deranged show host rises above all others, being as dishonest, delusional, deceptive & corrupt as Trump himself, working together selfishly destroying our democracy if they ever got their way: sean_hannity_treated_trump_administration_official_during_border.  This next link is truly an ode to television insanity: trump-hannity-interview-border-emergency.  It’s terrifying to think these two buffoons are running our country.  A big part of the problem is Trump being terrified of these nudnik talking heads who are running the echo, so he lets them make the decisions knowing if he loses them, he loses much of his Trumpeter base.  These excerpts are most of the article from trump-is-terrified-of-the-far-right-echo-chamber:

The government isn’t shut down because of President Trump’s unbelievable cluelessness as a dealmaker. It’s shut down because of his many fears. I don’t mean his pretend fears. Surely Trump doesn’t really believe his own racist nonsense about the U.S.-Mexico border being a sieve for homicidal maniacs and walk-to-work terrorists, and he can’t be too worried about a humanitarian crisis that is largely of his own creation. I’m talking about his real fears — the ones that must keep him up at night. Trump is afraid of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and the rest of the far-right echo chamber. (He sees Sean Hannity as more of a house pet.) He’s afraid of his shrunken but loyal base, which could abandon him if he doesn’t give them a wall. He’s afraid of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the federal, state and local prosecutors in New York who are investigating various Trump enterprises. And he’s afraid of losing his coercive hold over the Republican senators who one day could sit in judgment of his fate.

Not one of these intertwined fears is irrational. Trump must realize he has painted himself into a corner but sees no alternative. According to news reports, the president knew his hostage-video Oval Office address on Tuesday and his photo op at the border on Thursday would make no difference. He must also be aware that the GOP leadership in Congress can’t hold the line forever. To be sure, Trump has shown himself to be a clumsy and incompetent negotiator. When he reneged on the original agreement to keep the government funded through Feb. 8, he cut the legs from under anyone who claims to be negotiating for him, up to and including Vice President Pence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) would be crazy to agree to anything at all that does not have Trump’s personal, public endorsement — and his felt-tipped signature, preferably in blood. “You’ve got to be willing to walk away,” Trump often says when touting his alleged dealmaking prowess. And indeed that is true — in negotiations about real estate, branding rights or a reality television show. But when you are president, you can hardly walk away from your own government. When Trump tried the maneuver Wednesday — calling congressional leaders to a meeting and then ostentatiously stalking out — everyone just shrugged. He had nowhere to go.

Trump could have tried to tempt Democrats with a grand bargain on comprehensive immigration reform — or even a limited swap of “border security” funds he could use for his needless wall in exchange for permanent protection for the undocumented “dreamers,” who were brought to this country as minors. That kind of offer could at least have caused some restiveness in Pelosi’s and Schumer’s ranks. But because Trump is offering nothing at all, except a take-it-or-leave-it demand, Democrats have easily maintained a solid front. Another pro tip for getting what you want: Don’t loudly and publicly take personal responsibility for negative consequences that would result from a breakdown of negotiations. With television cameras running, Trump boasted that everyone should blame him for a shutdown. Polls show that this is exactly what the public has done, and Trump’s numbers will surely get worse as the effects of the shutdown on families and communities become more dire. The Democratic proposal — fund the government while continuing to debate border security and the wall — is eminently reasonable. But Trump is scared.

Occasionally Fox gets it right

If you blink you might miss it, since facts are so seldom told on Fox fake news.  Most Fox shows are reluctant to tell the truth, since it goes against the lies & conspiracies their viewers have come to expect.  It looks like Judge N. can forget about any Trump consideration for the Supreme Court.  See him speculate on collusion inside fox-news-legal-analyst-mueller-can-show-that-trump-campaign-had & also this entire article from fox-news-legal-analyst-says:

Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano says the evidence appears to increasingly show that the Donald Trump presidential campaign did collude with Russia during the height of the 2016 race and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller can prove it. During an appearance with anchor Shepard Smith, Napolitano said that court papers, which Paul Manafort’s defense team forgot to fully seal, revealed that the former campaign chairman had been accused by federal prosecutors of lying about handing over confidential polling data during the campaign to a Putin-aligned Russian oligarch. “This shows that Bob Mueller can demonstrate to a court without the testimony of Paul Manafort that the campaign had a connection to Russian intelligence and the connection involved information going from the campaign to the Russians,” Napolitano said. “The question is, was this in return for a promise of something from the Russians, and did the candidate, now the president, know about it?”

“If this is collusion — though collusion isn’t a crime — this would be collusion,” Smith said. “Yes,” Napolitano agreed. “Conspiracy is an agreement to commit a crime … Whether or not the thing of value arrives. The agreement is what is the crime.” Once one of President Trump’s most stalwart boosters on the channel, Napolitano has turned sharply negative toward the billionaire in recent months with commentary that has increasingly electrified Trump critics. In December, the judge said it was possible the president has already been indicted by Mueller, but that it currently remains under seal. “There’s ample evidence … to indict the president,” Napolitano said. “The question is do they want to do it. The DOJ has three opinions on this. Two say you can’t indict a sitting president, one says you can but all three address the problem of what do you do when the statute of limitations is about to expire. All three agree in that circumstance you indict in secret, keep the indictment sealed and release it the day they get out of office.” In the past, Trump has lauded Napolitano’s legal acumen and even supposedly once considered him for appointment to the Supreme Court.

No Wonder Why More Older People tend to Fall for Trump

It’s easy to assume a correlation here, as the older population are more likely retired, sitting around watching Fox fake news & listening to extreme-right talk radio.  So they’ve been mentally preconditioned for these nutty conspiracies & those older folks are more susceptible to all the falsehoods, at least based on the data found here inside fake-news-older-americans-study & also seen in excerpts from apnews.com/c2e7517984a64c6a922e84d550e1e041:

Sharing false information on Facebook is old. People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season, a new study finds. The first major study to look at who is sharing links from debunked sites finds that not many people are doing it. On average only 8.5 percent of those studied — about 1 person out of 12 — shared false information during the 2016 campaign, according to the study in Wednesday’s journal Science Advances . But those doing it tend to be older and more conservative. “For something to be viral you’ve got to know who shares it,” said study co-author Jonathan Nagler, a politics professor and co-director of the Social Media and Political Participation Lab at New York University. “Wow, old people are much more likely than young people to do this.” When other demographic factors and overall posting tendencies are factored in, the average person older than 65 shared seven times more false information than those between 18 and 29. The seniors shared more than twice as many fake stories as people between 45 and 64 and more than three times that of people in the 30- to 44-year-old range, said lead study author Andrew Guess, a politics professor at Princeton.

Harvard public policy and communication professor Matthew Baum, who was not part of the study but praised it, said he thinks sharing false information is “less about beliefs in the facts of a story than about signaling one’s partisan identity.” That’s why efforts to correct fakery don’t really change attitudes and one reason why few people share false information, he said. When other demographics and posting practices are factored in, people who called themselves very conservative shared the most false information, a bit more than those who identify themselves as conservative. The very conservatives shared misinformation 6.8 times more often than the very liberals and 6.7 times more than moderates. People who called themselves liberals essentially shared no fake stories, Guess said. Nagler said he was not surprised that conservatives in 2016 shared more fake information, but he and his colleagues said that does not necessarily mean that conservatives are by nature more gullible when it comes to false stories. It could simply reflect that there was much more pro-Trump and anti-Clinton false information in circulation in 2016 that it drove the numbers for sharing, they said. However, Baum said in an email that conservatives post more false information because they tend to be more extreme, with less ideological variation than their liberal counterparts and they take their lead from President Trump, who “advocates, supports, shares and produces fake news/misinformation on a regular basis.”

The Circus Act Getting Stale

During the 2015-16 campaigns, the media couldn’t get enough of Trump, since his spectacle would blow away the ratings for any other candidate.  But after two years of his presidency now that we’ve seen how phony & disingenuous he is, the prez in prime time can’t even top the ratings for Pelosi & Schumer!: tuesdays-democrat-response-had-higher-ratings-than-trumps-address.  In the next article Trump resorts to a new low in slamming Schumer & Pelosi, along with adhering to his long pattern of praising dictators.  See this opening to politics/trump-pompeo-china-cairo:

President Trump has long claimed that he puts “America first” overseas. But in two remarkable statements on Thursday, Mr. Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, explicitly favored foreign autocrats over elected American leaders. Mr. Pompeo chose Cairo, the site of President Barack Obama’s 2009 address to the Islamic world, to deliver a caustic, point-by-point repudiation of Mr. Obama’s message. He paid tribute to Egypt’s repressive president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, for his courage in supporting Mr. Trump’s alternative approach. About an hour later, on the South Lawn of the White House, Mr. Trump said that China’s Communist Party bosses negotiated in better faith than the Democratic leaders in Congress, with whom the president is in a bitter standoff over his border wall that has shut down much of the federal government. “I find China, frankly, in many ways to be far more honorable than Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy. I really do,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.” This is the same China that Mr. Trump’s national security strategy designated as one of the greatest threats to American interests — a revisionist power determined to “erode American security and prosperity” with predatory trade practices, military aggression, and a regime that represses its people while trying to undermine America’s democracy. Mr. Trump’s affinity for strongmen is well established, as is his contempt for his predecessor and his habit of gleefully ridiculing opponents, regardless of their party affiliation. But rarely has the Trump administration offered such a striking display of embracing autocrats as friends and painting those at home with whom it disagrees as enemies.

Dictator Trump

He routinely abuses his power & tramples on the rule of law.  The prez certainly has the personality traits of a dictator while being this cult-like figure.  As I’ve often warned, don’t think fascism couldn’t come to America.  The whole article is posted from trump-government-shutdown-democracy-power-dictatorship:

“I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want,” Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday. The wonderful thing about Trump’s presidency (I never thought I’d begin a sentence this way), is he brings us back to basics. The basic difference between a democracy and a dictatorship comes down to means and ends. Democracy is about means, not ends. If we all agreed on the ends (such as whether to build a wall along the Mexican border) there’d be no need for democracy. But of course we don’t agree, which is why the means by which we resolve our differences are so important. Those means include a constitution, a system of government based on the rule of law, and an independent judiciary.

A dictatorship, by contrast, is only about ends. Those ends are the goals of the dictator – at a minimum, preserving and accumulating personal power. To achieve those ends, a dictator will use any means necessary. Which brings us back to Trump. The conventional criticism of Trump is that he is unfit to be president because he continuously breaks the norms of how a president should behave. Trump’s norm-breaking is unsettling, to be sure, but his more fundamental offense is he continuously sacrifices means in order to preserve and accumulate personal power. He thereby violates a US president’s core responsibility to protect American democracy.

A president who shuts down government in order to get his way on a controversial issue, such as building a wall along the border with Mexico, offering to reopen it as a concession when his opponents give in, is not protecting the means of democracy. He is treating the government of the United States as a bargaining chip. He is asserting power by any means possible. This is the method of a dictator. A president who claims he has an absolute right to order the military to take actions in the US that are the subject of intense political debate, and do so without congressional approval, is not acting as the head of government of a democracy; he is assuming the role of a dictator. A president who spouts lies during a primetime national television address over what he terms an “undeniable crisis” at the southern US border, which is in fact no crisis at all, is not protecting democracy. He is using whatever means available to him to preserve and build his base of power.

The real international threat to the US is not coming from the southern border. It is coming from a foreign government intent on undermining our democracy by propagating lies, turning Americans against each other, and electing a puppet president. We do not know yet whether Trump colluded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to win the 2016 election. What we do know so far is that Trump’s aides and campaign manager worked with Putin’s emissaries during the 2016 election, and that Putin sought to swing the election in favor of Trump. We also know that since he was elected, Trump has done little or nothing to stop Putin from continuing to try to undermine our democracy. To the contrary, Trump has obstructed inquiries into Russian meddling.

The overall pattern is clear to anyone who cares to see it. Trump’s entire presidency to date has sacrificed the means of democracy to the end of preserving his personal power. He has lied about the results of votes and established a commission to investigate bogus claims of fraudulent voting; attacked judges who have ruled against him, with the goal of stirring up the public against them; encouraged followers to believe that his opponent in the 2016 election should be imprisoned; and condemned as “enemies of the people” journalists who report unfavorably about him, in an effort to fuel public resentment – perhaps even violence – against them.

To argue, as some Trump apologists do, that whatever Trump does is justified because voters put Trump in power, is to claim that voters can decide to elect a dictator. They cannot. Even if a majority of Americans were to attempt such thing (and, remember, Trump received 3m fewer votes than his opponent in 2016), the constitution prohibits it. The choice could not be clearer. Democracy is about means. Dictatorship is about ends. Trump uses any means available to achieve his own ends. We can preserve our democracy and force Trump out of office. Or we can continue to struggle against someone who strives to thwart democracy for his own benefit. In the months ahead, that choice will be made, one way or the other.

The Inexplicable & the Confusing

There are many wackos in the House who have no business being there serving the people.  Devin Nunes & practically the entire Freedom Caucus are obvious examples of that.  But this guy might be the lowest of the low, being essentially a self-avowed racist: steve-king-white-supremacy-congress & also how-steve-kings-idiotic-and-odious-words-help-the-left-destroy-western-civilization.  As an evangelical Christian, it is alarming how we’ve seen the spirit of deception invading our church which is found in trump-administration-evangelical-influence-support.  Many evangelical leaders & their flock are standing up for boldfaced lies & human values totally devoid of morality.  Perhaps they secretly perceive Trump as the wrecking ball who’ll spark Armageddon & destroy the Earth, so a new Earth & God’s kingdom can reign.  I put far more hope in that latter scenario than I would ever place in Trump!

 

More Reports on Trump’s Wall & the Shutdown

The House Dems with some GOP support have passed spending bills to open government, but it was DOA in the Senate largely because it doesn’t have Trump’s backing.  Trump’s wall is so important to him not because it would be effective or the southern border poses some serious security threat, but it’s really all about keeping his base happy with his most bombastic campaign promise.  So federal workers are being used as pawns to please his merry band of Trumpeters.  This whole thing is silly to shut down the government over it, since on a list of the most important things America needs, the wall probably wouldn’t even crack the top 100.  And a truly effective wall would probably cost 10 times the $5B Trump is requesting, but even with that migrants would still find some way to go over, under or through, as a saw cut a hole in a steel-slat prototype.  There’s also the contentious hassle of eminent domain to acquire private land.  Granted, $5B is a relative pittance compared to the overall federal budget, but for both sides it’s become a symbolic political fight.

The president’s short prime-time speech the other night touting the need for Trump’s wall was a joke.  The prez looked only slightly more alert than being comatose.  Trump even admitted to reporters the speech & trip to the border probably wouldn’t do much good.  He used the exact same talking points as his campaign rally speeches, so there were no new ideas.  There were fewer lies than in his rally speeches, but it was only 8 minutes.  Calculating the number of lies per minute, Trump was on his typical dishonest game.  His fearmongering used examples of hideous crimes from bad hombres, but if there are upwards of 12 million illegals in our country, there’s bound to be crimes.  Even with a population of 12 million monks & nuns, there’d still be crimes committed we could single out.  But the stats show immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native Americans.

Everything about his argument on the need for Trump’s wall is based on lies, & how can Dems possibly deal with such a liar.  It was a year ago Trump had a verbal agreement with Schumer & Pelosi for a wall/DACA deal that could have funded Trump’s wall to the tune of $25B, but backed out when he got an earful of echo-guff.  For all this aggravation of shutting down government for a record length of time, it should have at least been over a fight worthwhile like comprehensive immigration reform.  We should have better border security, but there are numerous immigration problems we need to solve including a path for Dreamers.  Overall the prez is a small thinker without a bigger vision, having a chip on his shoulder & holding lots of grudges.  These are news articles here mostly from Thursday where you could peruse the comments, news source & titles, searching for any you might want to read:

The photo op border visit just a charade: theguardian/trump-border-visit-mexico-government-shutdown

Dangers abound with the Coast Guard & TSA agents caught up in the shutdown, but threats also lurk with FBI agents being furloughed: theatlantic/fbi-agents-say-shutdown-threatens-national-security

Air Traffic Controllers are suing Trump: law/document-air-traffic-controllers-union-sues-trump

Can cut right through it: businessinsider/trumps-steel-border-wall-prototype-can-be-cut-through-with-a-saw

More on the saw winning: salon/trumps-steel-wall-prototype-can-be-easily-defeated-by-saw-report

GOP rep from a border district knows Trump’s wall fight is silly: businessinsider/gop-rep-will-hurd-represents-more-of-the-border-than-anyone-else-and-opposes-trumps-wall

Even Sen. Cornyn from Texas has reservations over Trump’s ideas: politico/border-lawmakers-spurn-trump-wall-proposal

Phony photo op & locals also know it: usatoday/trump-visits-border-mcallen-residents-ask-what-crisis

Real people are hurting: businessinsider/government-shutdown-how-the-partial-closure-affects-average-americans

Like a two-year-old having a temper tantrum: theatlantic/trump-the-toddler-wants-a-wall

Our toddler-in-chief flunked this test: washingtonpost/how-we-avoid-another-toddler-white-house

Could work visas be the best resolution?: businessinsider/trump-border-crisis-speech-not-fixed-by-wall-shutdown

Finally he proposed something new: newsmax/donald-trump-visa-citizenship-program

Neither a crisis nor an emergency: washingtonpost/all-reasons-there-is-no-emergency

If Trump’s wall were so important & the border in such a crisis, why didn’t they work something out when they still had the House?: usatoday/republicans-caused-shutdown-democrats-offering-way-out-talker

The prez is the one who’s turning this whole thing into a potential constitutional crisis: washingtonpost/trump-is-turning-a-budget-crisis-into-a-constitutional-crisis–all-for-a-fools-impulse

No good options, including declaring a national emergency.  Would the GOP be OK setting a precedent the next Dem president could declare a national emergency to take drastic actions over gun violence?  Or climate change?: vox/national-emergency-declare-legal-constitution

Again I say, no good options: washingtonpost/raging-weakened-trump-is-running-out-options

Because he’s locked into that goofy pledge: washingtonpost/wall-is-trumps-read-my-lips-pledge

He’s stuck: theguardian/donald-trump-border-wall-government-shutdown

No Donald, the Mexican trade deal isn’t paying for Trump’s wall: vox/trump-border-wall-usmca-trade-deal

Talk about gaslighting us!: motherjones/trump-never-said-mexico-would-you-know-pay-for-the-wall-with-money-or-something

I think he’s lost his mind: mediaite/7-mind-blowing-quotes-from-trumps-wild-presser-en-route-to-the-southern-border

Like the KKK?: salon/presidential-historian-jon-meacham-links-donald-trumps-border-wall-rhetoric-to-ku-klux-klan

Where does he find this garbage?: washingtonpost/misinformation-by-proxy-trump-retweets-bad-immigration-information-an-unreliable-source

Manufactured out of thin air: washingtonpost/trump-has-conjured-a-crisis-out-of-thin-air-that-should-worry-us-all

Fox cut away to save Trump from his own nonsensical drivel: vox/trump-tape-human-trafficking-border-wall

In America we must be dealing with plenty of “morons”: mediaite/howard-stern-claims-trump-is-embarrassed-by-wall-fight-its-something-morons-can-get-behind

Even Trump doesn’t believe it: nymag/trump-never-believed

Illegal aliens would be inspired to hear the speech at the end of this video: motherjones/trump-wall-2004-commencement-speech

Trump keeps making the problem worse & doesn’t comprehend the source of the trouble: thedailybeast/trumps-right-theres-a-humanitarian-crisis-at-the-mexico-borderand-everything-hes-doing-makes-it-worse

Immigrants actually commit crimes at far lower rates than native Americans: mediamatters/tucker-carlson-says-studies-don-t-exist-showing-undocumented-immigrants-commit-less-crime-he-s-wrong

This would be unconscionable: dailykos/Trump-weighs-raiding-disaster-relief-funds-from-Puerto-Rico-and-California-to-pay-for-his-wall

Ironically, the shutdown costs more than the funding request for Trump’s wall: dailykos/What-s-the-Cost-of-the-Trump-Presidency

The GOP is dragging this out: thehill/mcconnell-blocks-house-bills-to-reopen-government

The Trump national emergency is Trump himself: washingtonpost/emergency-trump-splits-gop

They’ve taken Americans hostage: slate/trump-republicans-shutdown-hostages

Enough is enough!: motherjones/we-just-want-to-get-back-to-work-thousands-of-federal-employees-march-on-the-white-house