THEIR VIEW: A loss for Trump and for Speaker Ryan

Published on Friday, 29 June 2018 18:58
Written by The Washington Post

Here’s at political tip: If you are going to expose your utter fecklessness and irrelevancy, do it on the day the most critical member of the Supreme Court decides to retire. That’s what House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., did on Wednesday. The Post reports:

“By a vote of 301 to 121, the House rejected a wide-ranging GOP immigration bill that would have funded President Trump’s border wall, offered young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and partially addressed the family-separation crisis at the southwest border.

“The vote came hours after the president tweeted that the House should pass the bill to “SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY.”

“After weeks of negotiations between GOP conservatives and moderates, the vote made clear how split the party remains on the issue. The measure barely won a majority of Republican lawmakers, and with no Democrats voting for it, the bill went down in a lopsided defeat.”

First off, consider taking a vote you will lose by nearly 200 members. Why would Ryan do such a thing, demonstrating his own lack of influence? No doubt the pressure from the White House was so intense that Ryan simply relented, and let Republicans look foolish and inept.

Trump insisted Republicans fix his self-made “zero-tolerance” mess, but they are incapable of doing so - in part because he fails to provide any guidance.

Second, the visual images of distraught children and anguished parents as well as the sight of law-abiding, productive dreamers being run out of town are not going to go over well in states such as Florida, Texas, California and Arizona.

And finally, Trump hasn’t solved his problem with the executive order - that’s for sure. He has a court order he likely cannot satisfy (reunite all kids under 5 in 14 days, others in 30 days). His zero-tolerance policy will cost a fortune and likely result in indefinite family incarceration.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Friday, 29 June 2018 18:58. Updated: Friday, 29 June 2018 19:00.