Today, before the inflamed and pulsating orange pustule that occupies the Oval Office departed to embarrass us in Europe, he was asked by a reporter why his administration missed a deadline to return migrant kids under age five to the parents from whom his minions had jacked them. Trump said this:
“Tell people not to come to our country illegally,” Trump told reporters. “That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.”
Trump, who has previously advocated denying due process for migrant families accused of crossing the southern border illegally, also brushed off a reporter’s question about whether he was calling for punishing children.
“I’m saying this: We have laws,” he said. “We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.”
Also Trump, also today:
President Trump on Tuesday pardoned father-and-son cattle ranchers in southeastern Oregon who were sentenced to serve prison time on two separate occasions for the same charges of arson on public lands, a move their supporters hailed as a shift in how the federal government approaches the West.
Trump’s decision to set aside the convictions of Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond could have major implications for how federal officials enforce rules on grazing and other activities on tens of millions of acres owned by taxpayers.
To recap, the law must rule with an iron fist when dealing with Central American toddlers whose desperate parents fled violence and chaos in their home countries — conditions frequently caused and exacerbated by decades of sleazy US government policies and corporate depredations. But freeloading arsonists who put firefighters in mortal danger and destroy federal property merit a pardon.
The rancher-arsonist pardons, like the Arpaio pardon, are a sop to the MAGA chuds. Unlike every awful Republican president I can remember, Trump doesn’t even pretend to give a shit about anyone but his base, which comprises a dwindling but still depressingly large chunk of the electorate.
Trump will keep throwing bloody chunks of cow at his base from now to November, as enthusiastically as if he were pelting Hurricane Maria victims with paper towels from a Sam’s Club mega-pack. We either turn our folks out this November, or we are even more screwed. It’s as simple as that.