President Trump Has to Win the Border Security Fight


USA – -( The one thing neither the liberal media nor the Democrats have taken into their calculations about the government shutdown is that President Trump has to win on the border security issue. He has no choice. If it takes six months, it will take six months. If it can be done next Monday, it will be done next Monday.

As commander in chief, President Trump has said controlling the southern border is a genuine national security issue and that failure would mean Americans continue to risk losing their lives to criminals who enter the country illegally. How does he back away from protecting American lives?

As a political leader, candidate Trump made controlling the southern border one of his major themes. He has been talking about it for three and a half years. If he were to back down, it would send a signal of weakness to his base.

Remember that despite endless negative news coverage from the liberal media (92 percent negative by some studies) President Trump averages 42 percent approval across a variety of polls. This number is rock hard because his base believes he is a genuine change agent. They shrug off attacks by the liberal media as the natural result of Trump being committed to real change.

If President Trump were to back down, he would resemble the Republican politicians who had failed to fight for the Tea Party movement – and earned the GOP-led Congress only 12 percent approval of the Republican electorate in 2016. Trump was nominated in part because the base Republican electorate was tired of leaders who promised big changes at campaign time and then delivered excuses when trying to govern. They currently believe Trump is different from normal politicians. So far, every indication we have is that he is truly different and truly a unique figure.

President Trump is also caught by the very book that first made him famous. Trump: The Art of the Deal was a huge best seller after it was published in 1987 and established Trump as a great dealmaker. He has repeated this claim to dealmaking brilliance over and over – as a candidate and president. To now walk away without a deal would be a stunning collapse of his reputation.

Having led congressional Republicans during the longest government shutdown up to now (until midnight at least) people ask me how to get to an end game. In our case, in 1995-96, we had a genuine breakthrough, and President Clinton agreed to work toward a balanced budget. That shutdown established the principle of tough bipartisan negotiating, and out of it came welfare reform, the largest capital gains tax cut in history, and four consecutive balanced budgets (the only time this has occurred in our lifetime). The shutdown was painful, but the outcome was consequential.

The difference between the 1995-96 shutdown and the current situation is the relentless hostility of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the left-wing of the Democratic Party. Pelosi has an activist base which hates President Trump and would rather cripple the government than provide the $5.7 billion he wants to secure the border. When the President asked her if she would negotiate on the wall funding within 30 days if the government re-opened, she said no. He then did exactly the right thing. He got up, said bye-bye, and walked out.

When one side refuses to compromise, there can’t be a compromise. There can only be surrender or victory.

The Democrats have decided to start the new congress by trying to humiliate the President, give him nothing, and force him to surrender on their terms.

For President Trump to let them win under those circumstances would simply destroy his presidency and end his chance of re-election. After all, if Speaker Pelosi can win this round, what will her next demands be?

The President has three strategies to implement at the same time.

First, President Trump can reach out to the country and make clear that concerns about illegal immigrants killing, raping, and robbing innocent Americans are legitimate. As a first step, he should invite the families and friends of every person killed by an illegal immigrant to come to a White House gathering and then go to Capitol Hill to lobby their House and Senate members. Let the Democrats who claim this is a manufactured crisis look the victims’ families in the eyes and tell them they don’t count.

Today, Democrats care more about non-Americans who are illegally crossing the border than they care about Americans who have been killed, raped, and robbed. As this reality sinks in, a lot of Democrats will start looking for a way to get out from under the Pelosi left-wing machine and cut a deal to reopen the government and secure the southern border.

Second, the President can develop the proposal to help the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, who came here when they were young. Every day that passes, it is clearer that the Democrats hate Trump more than they care about helping these young people. The President’s supporters should flood Spanish language radio and other outlets with requests for people to call their members of Congress and demand they help the President help the Dreamers. Many Republicans have long said we can’t help DACA recipients until the border is secure – so do both at the same time.

Third, the President needs to remind the members of Congress, in both parties, that if he is prepared to veto left-wing efforts to block control of the border, they have no hope of overriding his veto. Republicans who get nervous (and we had these back in 1995-96, too) have to recognize that there is no possibility of enough Republicans splitting with the President to override a veto. Since Senator McConnell has adopted the right party position of refusing to even schedule a bill the President would veto, there will be no legislative solution to this shutdown without the President’s approval.

Finally, the President should relax some and accept that this fight may take until the end of February or later. The Democrats will not agree to compromise until they are exhausted and look increasingly stupid. As it sinks in to the average American that this entire struggle can end if the Democrats will only agree to protect the southern border, they will look more and more ridiculous. As the federal employee unions realize that their members are being left without paychecks because of a partisan fight over protecting the border, they will start pressuring the Democrats to cut a deal.

As the master of The Art of the Deal, President Trump knows that some negotiations must ripen before they can be completed. His job is to relax, stand firm, and let the situation ripen until the Democrats accept a deal that includes the southern border security provisions. Anything less just wouldn’t be Trump.

Your Friend,

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

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  • 12 thoughts on “President Trump Has to Win the Border Security Fight

      1. Build the Wall Period! Trump Will not Back down hes fighting till the end about time we have someone who will stand up for whats right he speaks for all the real AMERICANS!

    1. Now they are picking away at the shutdown just like a buzzard sitting on a gut wagon. They are giving TSA employees a $500 bonus to show up for work and Ron Johnson is submitting a bill to pay the workers that are working without pay. By the time it gets all said and done the only thing the shutdown will affect is the spotted frog. I’m not against people getting paid for their services but where does it stop and when doesn’t it mean anything and we won’t be any safer from these intruders.

    2. Our government spends over $50 BILLION on foreign aid annually. That’s roughly 1% of our annual spending but, they seem to think that $5 BILLION is too much to spend to strengthen our borders and reduce ILLEGAL immigration. No, the democrats would rather just use drones and detection devices, which don’t prevent anything, so they can “apprehend” these ILLEGAL immigrants to sign them up for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, AND register them to vote. Hmmm

      1. And perhaps these Commie Bolshevik TRAITORS are recruiting their own private army that they will use for the door to door gun confiscation wet dream they get off on every night. Think it can’t happen here ? Three or four days ago Tucker Carlson announced on Fox News that millions of jobs in the USA are about to be eluminated. If this is so, then why are these open border dim bulbs so hung-ho on bringing in thousands upon thousands of more unskilled workers who will take jobs away from our citizens ? Their motives need to be closely scrutinized, and I think that for some, those who should know better, that scrutiny should be done by Military Tribunals. It seems to me that these politicians and law makers want to disarm Americans on one hand, and flood America with foreign economic migrants, mostly males of military age, on the other hand. This is what these “birds of a feather” have done to Europe, totally screwing it up. These people are TREASONOUS, and need to be dealt with accordingly.

    3. Clinton never balanced the budget. The “balance” was against projected FUTURE revenue that never happened. I could do that too: I plan to win the lottery next year and will spend NOW accordingly. Stop promoting Democrat lies.

    4. Face it! The Democratic party Hates President Trump more, far more, exceeding more than they love the country they took an oath to “support and defend.”
      Stand firm Mr. President! The US of A needs – not wants – but Needs a leader to stand firm against those who put individual and party agendas before (their) country! I intentionally bracketed “their” because I find it difficult to believe the majority of the citizens of the US of A wants the type of country they seem to advocate.

    5. It is not so much Trump being a “unique figure”, it is the elite believers finding him unsuitable for their membership make him desirable. These elitist include way to many Republicans that require replacement. Even a Democratic would do less damage.

      Purity good article, Newt.

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