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A Little Girl Cried

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Thursday June 21, 2018

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  • The Trump Administration policy of separating children from their mothers blew up like a stick of dynamite in a fireworks factory.

  • The explosion was so dramatic that it brought to mind Trump's infamous claim (on January 23, 2016):
    "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."

  • The Trump immigration policy was the legislative equivalent of that imaginary - if gruesome - felony.

  • After days of claims by Trump, the DHS Secretary, by the Attorney General, and the Press Secretary that only the Congress could reverse the policy of taking children from their mothers at the U.S./Mexico border, Trump signed an Executive Order doing just that.

  • So searing were the images and the audio of babies crying - especially that image of the little girl crying in terror - that even Republicans on the Hill said, effectively, no mas.

  • Kirstjen Neilen, the Secretary of Homeland Security was trotted out before the press corps in the White House briefing room to try go through the full range of denials: That it was the law, and only a change in the law could reverse this. That of the 12,000 children in shelters, 10,000 had come across the border as unaccompanied minors.

  • She had been out of town giving a speech and was unprepared having been badly briefed. She didn't help Trump and she didn't help herself.

  • As if stumbling and snearing at the briefing room lectern weren't enough, she had the astonishingly bad judgement to go out to eat that night at a Mexican restaurant.

  • Of course, people found out about it and a group of self-identified Socialists showed up to heckle her.


    Someone in the group called Nielsen a "villain," which, at a minimum, gets style points and is a long way from typical chants like:
    Hey, hey; ho, ho;
    Kirstjen Nielsen's got to go.


  • The situation in the Oval Office got so bad that Administration spokespeople were arguing with reporters over the definition of a "cage." These children were not being held in cages, we were told. They were rooms with walls that just happen to have been made of chain link fencing.

  • Claims were made that images of shelters were photoshopped or were actually taken during the Obama Administration.

  • Yeah, well

  • Then Getty Images released that photo taken by John Moore of that terrified little girl.

  • Trump's Svengali-like hold over Republicans on the Hill cracked.

  • He went to the House to meet with Members about the immigration issue but, in typical Trump fashion couldn't pass up an opportunity to make fun of Rep. Mark Sanford who had not be sufficiently obsequious toward Trump and had lost his South Carolina primary.

  • The next morning, Trump Tweeted:
    "Had a great meeting with the House GOP last night at the Capitol. They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford. I have never been a fan of his!"

  • Noticing the Emperor's clothing was getting a bit thin, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mi) took exception, Tweeting:
    "Republicans had front row seats to @POTUS's dazzling display of pettiness and insecurity. Nobody applauded or laughed. People were disgusted."

  • Reporters went ever further. According to The Hill newspaper, "The comments were met with boos and grumbles, according to sources in the room."

  • By Wednesday afternoon it was clear that this policy was not working at all the way that Trump (and his chief policy advisor Stephen Miller) had thought. Republican Members of the Senate were in full revolt. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz' staff had drafted an immigration bill.


    I have no numbers to back this up, but I suspect that Sen. Cruz, who is in a tougher re-election fight than he thought he would be against Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, got some polling that showed the Trump immigration plan was not a good general election issue for him.

    As of the end of May a public poll had Cruz up by 11 points; his campaign polling might well have had that slipping into single digits.


  • So, Donald Trump was forced to reverse himself, his staff, his cabinet, and Fox News by having that Executive Order drawn up for him to sign reversing his policy.

  • There are still more than 2,000 children who had been spirited away from their parents and who are now scattered as far from the Mexican border as New York City.

  • There is nothing in the Order that speaks to having them returned and, in fact, the White House admitted Wednesday night that the Order was not retroactive and would only apply to new cases.

  • Donald Trump might be able to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.

  • But, he can't get away with making a little girl cry.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: The photo of that little girl, the video of Kirstjen Neilen's briefing, and the text of Trump's Executive Order.

    The Mullfoto is another in the Odd Food Truck Signage series.

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