The Trump Address and Response

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JANUARY 10, 2019

         PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TUESDAY NIGHT ADDRESS TO THE NATION DIDN’T LIVE UP TO ITS ADVANCE BILLING. CRITICS AND EVEN SOME ADMIRERS PREDICTED HE WOULD DECLARE A NATIONAL AMERGENCY AND ASSUME POWERS RESEMBLING A DICTATOR…ALL TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS CROSSING OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.

         INSTEAD HE SIMPLY RE-STATED HIS CASE WHY A BORDER WALL IS NEEDED. WE’VE HEARD IT BEFORE BUT SOME THINGS NEED REPEATING.

         THE LEFT, AS REPRESENTED BY NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER, RESPONDED THAT NO WALL IS NEEDED AND LET’S MAKE A DEAL: RE-OPEN THAT PART OF GOVERNMENT THAT IS CLOSED AND THEN WE’LL DEBATE THE WALL ISSUE. WHO BELIEVES THAT?

         THE LEFT SAYS BORDER CROSSINGS HAVE DECLINED AND SO A WALL ISN’T NECESSARY. THE WHITE HOUSE ISSUED A SATEMENT SAYING THE MAJOR DECLINE IN ILLEGAL CROSSINGS IS AT LEAST PARTLY THE RESULT OF WALLS BUILT BY SEVERAL BORDER CITIES, INCLUDING SAN DIEGO, YUMA, TUCSON AND EL PASO.

         WHO WILL WIN THIS DEBATE? IT DEPENDS LARGELY ON IMAGES. WILL THE IMAGES OF ILLEGAL ALIENS ATTACKING BORDER PATROL AGENTS PREVAIL, OR WILL IT BE FEDERAL WORKERS SUFFERING FROM A TEMPORARY LOSS OF PATCHECKS? WE’LL KNOW SOON. I’M CAL THOMAS.