By Terry Welshans
This last week has brought us some unexpected changes in the political arena. Donald Trump has replaced the upper management at his campaign headquarters, replacing his Russian power-broker with Steve Bannon who is registered to vote in Florida at a vacant house where he has never lived. He has, just recently changed his address to a real livable house, one that he apparently shares with Andy Badolato, who reports for Breitbart News and has worked with Bannon in the past on the production of political films.
Florida voter law requires “When you register to vote, an actual residence address is required by law.” Does Mr. Bannon live in Florida or California? The Guardian of Friday 26 August 2016 reports that “As recently as last week he was reported to be a resident of Laguna Beach in Orange County, California, where, according to public records, he owns a house.”
Then comes “the softening,” a general back-pedaling on a number of Mr. Trump’s primary vote gathering topics. His stand on deporting people in bulk is gone. Now, he says he will follow the legal process, and has even said (stand-by for shock and awe) “What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country. Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing and I just said that.”
He now says illegal immigrants must pay back taxes, and that it would be very hard to make them leave the country. Not hard to do, but hard on the immigrant. This is not amnesty, he says, as this would put him in the same camp as his primary foes, who he said were too soft on immigration. His policy on banning Muslim immigrants was weakened to “extreme vetting,” whatever that is.
Why has Mr. Trump changed his position?
Katrina Pierson, Trumps official spokesperson says “Donald Trump has merely ‘changed the words that he is saying’ about immigration, not his position.” Say what? How can one not laugh at that well though out statement?
Many of his supporters may now question how sincere he is on his other positions as well. Perhaps his stand on banning Muslims who wish to immigrate here will soften as well as he listens to his new campaign staff honcho. Then, what about his position on the wall along the southern border?
His supporters may not be happy with these changes, but I truly doubt they will be fazed. If my vote was going to a candidate who specifically targeted me in his campaign of hate for minorities and immigration, what am I to do now that he has abandoned the bond between us?
I had an interaction with one of the hat-wearing Trump supporters this week. My wife and I were having breakfast at a small mom-and-pop diner in town when a local came in with an arm full of tee shirts and straw hats. Bob, the owner, carries such things hoping to scratch a few bucks from tourists buying souvenirs. He took a look at what the guy had, and declined the offer. I saw the guy had a “Make America Great Again” patch on his hat, which are not found on genuine Trump hats.
I asked him how Trump will make America great again. He started tearing in on Hillary Clinton. I stopped him, and said I wanted to know why I should vote for Trump, and not why I should not vote for Clinton. He was stunned. After a few more false starts about Clinton, he finally said that Trump would repeal NAFTA, the trade agreement. I asked him where his tee shirts and hats were made. He got flustered, and did not want me to see the labels. I then asked him why he didn’t sell genuine made in America goods if he was opposed to NAFTA.
He was stumped and just looked at me. I said that his hat was an obvious rip-off as Trump’s hats have embroidery directly on the hat. I asked him why he supports a candidate who’s policy on trade would put him out of business. He walked to the door, and as he did, I asked him if he knew what the word hypocrite meant. Another hound, baying at the moon when the dog whistle blows.
Too bad he can’t walk the walk.