Last week, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump and his top immigration advisor Stephen Miller twice floated dumping migrants into sanctuary cities as a way to retaliate against Democrats.
Trump called the story “fake” on Saturday and then reversed course, claiming he has the “absolute right” to do whatever he wants (he does not).
The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Over the weekend we learned that Trump’s proposal to has morphed into a ploy to distract from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which the Justice Department expects to release to the public on Thursday.
Trump, who has said he does not “care about the Mueller report” and that it is a “total and complete exoneration” (it is not), is reportedly feeling “emboldened” ahead of Attorney General William Barr’s anticipated redacted version of Mueller’s work.
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported on Sunday:
“Barr’s letter effectively emboldened Mr. Trump, aides said, even as they prepare for new details to emerge from a redacted version of the report — expected this week — that could renew questions about the president’s fitness for office, and even as some of them cringe at Mr. Trump’s choice of the word ‘exonerate.’ (Privately, they admit, they would prefer he use the word ‘vindicate.’)”
“Trump is purposefully escalating his language, people who know him said, expressly to enliven his base of supporters and to enrage his political rivals and the news media. He has revived an idea that his administration rejected — sending immigrant detainees to so-called sanctuary cities — in part, people close to him said, to distract from the report.”‘
On Monday, Trump proclaimed on Twitter that “illegal immigrants… will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to sanctuary cities and states.” DHS has been without leadership since Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as secretary last week.
Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The distraction machine is operating at full capacity.
"Release into sanctuary cities."
The "9/11- Rep. Omar" video.
"I don't know Wikileaks."
"Be rougher on the border."
"I'll close the border."
Pushing that outrage meter and desperately distracting.
Because the full report is scaring the hell out of him.
— G.deGuzman (@gdeguzman99) April 15, 2019
Everything’s a different distraction from something else, that’s how liars roll.
— Michael (@PaulMicha2) April 15, 2019
His plan to distract everyone from his terrible behavior by doing something else terrible seems… unlikely to help his re-election bid.
— Natalie “long name, short tweets” Wyatt-Brown (@stallfamily2) April 15, 2019
But why would he want to distract from a report that he claims completely exonerates him?
— InsideJoke (@JO_clever_KE) April 15, 2019
Why could that be? Trump’s tweets Monday morning speak volumes.