Apparently having learned nothing from their failed attempts to convince the American public to choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016, nor anything from their eroding credibility every time they tweet or appear on MSNBC/CNN, a group of “bipartisan” former politicians and intelligence officials released a letter this week condemning President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.
The use of that word – bipartisan – is meant to evoke some sort of “oh, Trump is really in the wrong this time” kind of feeling in your average voter, but we’re not sure why anyone thought that it would. Trump has been a Party of One since he came on the scene, and everyone is well accustomed by now to seeing a small-but-vocal crowd of useless Republicans criticize his every move.
Let’s look at some of the names on this letter, shall we?
Ah, Madeline Albright, President Clinton’s former secretary of State.
Mmmhmm, John Kelly, President Obama’s chief diplomat and a frequent Trump critic. Oh, and the architect of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal!
John Brennan and James Clapper, the two Obama clowns who allowed their intelligence agencies to be used and abused for the political purpose of bringing Donald Trump, the candidate, down before the election. How’s life without that security clearance, John?
Susan Rice, the Great Unmasker herself!
Hey, we were promised some Republicans. Oh, here we go: John Bellinger, “legal adviser to the U.S. State Department” under the Bush administration. Yeah, really bringing out the heavy hitters. What, you guys didn’t want Bill Kristol’s name sullying your big, important document?
So, the basic point of the letter is to tell Americans that there is no national emergency at the border because, you know, things used to be a lot worse!
“Illegal border crossings are near forty-year lows,” the signatories write. “At the outset, there is no evidence of a sudden or emergency increase in the number of people seeking to cross the southern border. According to the administration’s own data, the number of apprehensions and undetected illegal border crossings at the southern border are near forty-year lows.”
So, two things. One: Exactly how confident are we supposed to be when it comes to estimates of “undetected illegal border crossings?” Sorry, maybe we’re dense, but how exactly are we tracking these border crossings if they are, by definition, going undetected? We’re sure the federal government has a very good, very clever answer to that question, but common sense tells you that no matter how many graphs and figures they throw at the wall, this number is going to be little more than a guess.
Second, what difference does it make that more people used to cross? The very fact that Trump was elected tells you that the American people view illegal immigration as a crisis – an emergency that needs to be addressed immediately. Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do, and he is doing it within the structure of his authority as President of the United States. If we wanted John Kerry’s advice on the matter, we would have put him in the Oval Office.
Build the wall! (And if a few of these signatories accidentally wind up on the wrong side, we won’t cry about it).