President Donald Trump is hedging on a border wall, he’s working to protect young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and he’s wheeling and dealing with Democratic leadership, threatening to betray core campaign promises in the process.
But according to the GOP base, this is all the fault of the Republican-controlled Congress.
“I don’t fault the president,” said Steve Scheffler, the Iowa Republican national committeeman. “The people I’m most disgusted with are these Republicans who pontificate, get themselves into self-righteous mode and want to do everything in their power to make sure the president doesn’t succeed. We’ve got to get something done.”
After meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, Trump and the Democratic leaders said they had discussed a path to shielding from deportation immigrants who were brought here illegally as children, part of a plan that would also include border security. Trump, who ran on pledges to build a wall on the southern border, called the structure “vital,” but also said Thursday that it will “come later.”
The idea of pushing the wall off while dealing with young undocumented immigrants—whom he suggested last summer shouldn’t be exempt from deportation—outraged some influential conservative voices. Significantly, Breitbart—now home, again, to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon—blared the headline ‘Amnesty Don’ Wednesday evening and kept up tough headlines into Thursday afternoon.
But grassroots leaders around the country…