President Trump’s meeting with congressional leaders of both parties to hash-out a deal on immigration reform today caused quite a stir in the media. Multiple news outlets noted how the president appeared to acquiesce to Democratic demands that a resolution to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program – or DACA – be negotiated separately from other immigration related policies, like border security.
But while many in the mainstream media seemed amused by the master negotiator’s very public capitulation, the reaction in the right wing media has been much closer to outrage – and not at Democrats, for a change.
FOX News primetime host Tucker Carlson, once a reliable if bumbling Trump shill, handed the president what has to be harshest rebuke ever heard or seen on that network.
Calling the meeting itself a “weird scene” for the optics – the man who promised to drain the swamp sitting at the table with the “swamp creatures” themselves eager to make a deal – Carlson wasted no time attacking the very idea that a compromise on DACA was being discussed.
“It was a completely different Donald Trump from the one we watched on the campaign trail just two years ago” Carlson said. “In 2016, Donald Trump ran on the premise that America’s borders ought to be real. That the repeated amnesties of the past have betrayed voters and that this country deserves an immigration policy that looks out for American interests rather than those of foreign countries…”
“Congress is full of people from both parties who believe that the point of our immigration policy is to provide cheap labor to their donors and to atone for America’s imaginary sins against the world,” he continued.
“They couldn’t care less about immigration’s effect on you or your family. Yet these are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bills, the one he will sign no matter what it says. So what was the point of running for president?”
With a hint of disappointment bordering on resignation, Carlson then moved to his closing argument.
“Being a Trump voter isn’t always easy. It’s like rooting for the underdog in baseball. On one level, there’s pride from doing something that fashionable people consider insane, and that’s a good feeling,” he said.
“There’s also some disappointment along the way, and honestly, there’s some embarrassment. But you silently bear it because you know that, when they finally win the World Series, it will be worth everything that you went though. Every sarcastic dig by from your brother-in-law at Thanksgiving will seem small by comparison,” he said, as if he was speaking from personal experience.
“In the Trump presidency, the World Series is this immigration bill. It’s the big payoff, the whole point of the exercise,” Carlson continued. “And they’re not allowed to blow it.”
You can watch Tucker Carlson’s diatribe below.