Yesterday, President Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly told a caucus of Hispanic lawmakers that he had “persuaded” President Trump that building a wall along the southern border was “unnecessary.”
In a profoundly uninspiring statement, Kelly said the president’s views had “evolved” since he became “fully informed” about the obstacles facing the construction of an enormously expensive border wall along the 2,200 miles in between the United States and Mexico, which would still be largely ineffective at halting the flow of drugs into the United States, no matter how much Trump argues otherwise.
“There’s been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through… and I pointed out to all the members that were in the room that they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed,” said Kelly to FOX News‘ Bret Baier.
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This will be news to Trump’s rabid supporters, for whom the construction of a wall was one of, if not the major issue that animated the President’s ethnonationalist election campaign.
The resounding chant of “BUILD THAT WALL” that echoes at his rallies is all the evidence one needs to hear about the right-wing’s desire for a tangible edifice which most likely know is an enormous waste of time and money.
But in the context of our hyperpolarized, culture-war obsessed political machine that most of the jaded American people have accepted won’t do anything substantial to improve their material lives, Trump fans could at least take solace in the fact that hey – at least it’ll trigger the libs.
This news that Trump’s position has “evolved” is not likely to be well received by his base – or by the President himself, who will almost certainly take issue with the insinuation that he might have actually learned something.