Trump and the DREAMers

The other day Neo-neocom caught something the media has mostly ignored.  Trump had this exchange with a reporter, who was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, The children allowed into America under this program as usually called dreamers. Trump's supporters may find the exchange interesting.

REPORTER: Um, there are over a hundred thousand young people known as DREAMers.

TRUMP: Yeah.

REPORTER: Who have the deferred action given to them by the Obama administration.

TRUMP: Sure. I think it’s great.

That was about it on the actual subject of DACA, because then Trump went on an extended riff about other people in this country—especially young black people—needing to be able to dream as well. When the reporter asked him again whether he would revoke Obama’s deferred action (although the only thing he’d said about it thus far was “it’s great”) Trump then replied “I’ll look into it” and took a new question.

Now maybe Trump simply didn't understand the question.   His mastery of policy details is often sketchy and he has not displayed fluency in political acronyms and jargon.  But immigration is Trump's signature issue, one that he says he has been studying for a long time. Thus he should be able to discern the reporter was asking about DACA rather than the aspirations of American youth in general when the reporter said young people knows as DREAMers.

On the other hand,  "I think it's great" is consistent with a 2015 blog post at AT that included a photo op of Trump with several DREAMers from 2014.

I have been telling people that, as with John McCain in 2008, the media wants Trump to be the Republican nominee.  Old rich white men married to trophy wives fit the media narrative of who Republicans are, Young Hispanic men do not fit that narrative.  If you recall, between 2000 and 2008 McCain pretty much basked in the media glow.  He was their hero because he could beat up more conservative Republicans.  Then, as soon as McCain had a lock on the nomination, his media hat went from white to black because he had become a threat to the Democrat nominee. In primary season McCain got more coverage than his rivals and it was more favorable.  In the general election, McCain got much less coverage than Obama and it was far more unfavorable.

Trump is many times more vulnerable than McCain when the media turns on him.  And they will should Trump become the nominee.  Count on it. To the media the only good live Republican is one who bashes more consistently conservative Republicans.

Neo-neocon concurs.

At the time,[summer, 2014] there was quite a bit of consensus on the right about DACA being part of the impetus for the groundswell of recent illegal immigration of minors and resultant anti-illegal-immigrant sentiment—a sentiment that later ended up fueling Trump’s bid for the presidency.

Although, come to think of it, maybe Trump thinks it’s “great” because without it he wouldn’t have had a chance at being nominated. And whatever benefits Trump is “great.”

However you interpret Trump’s remarks, this sort of press conference answer should strike fear into the hearts of his supporters. Of course, it doesn’t. Nor is it being especially publicized, as far as I know. That’s because the press wants Trump as the nominee for two reasons. The first is that, with their help, he can be destroyed in the general when this sort of thing, plus almost countless incidents from Trump’s past, are trotted out and exploited. The second is that he’s very very good for business—their business, that is.

What the media creates, the media will destroy when it suits their agenda.

The other day Neo-neocom caught something the media has mostly ignored.  Trump had this exchange with a reporter, who was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, The children allowed into America under this program as usually called dreamers. Trump's supporters may find the exchange interesting.

REPORTER: Um, there are over a hundred thousand young people known as DREAMers.

TRUMP: Yeah.

REPORTER: Who have the deferred action given to them by the Obama administration.

TRUMP: Sure. I think it’s great.

That was about it on the actual subject of DACA, because then Trump went on an extended riff about other people in this country—especially young black people—needing to be able to dream as well. When the reporter asked him again whether he would revoke Obama’s deferred action (although the only thing he’d said about it thus far was “it’s great”) Trump then replied “I’ll look into it” and took a new question.

Now maybe Trump simply didn't understand the question.   His mastery of policy details is often sketchy and he has not displayed fluency in political acronyms and jargon.  But immigration is Trump's signature issue, one that he says he has been studying for a long time. Thus he should be able to discern the reporter was asking about DACA rather than the aspirations of American youth in general when the reporter said young people knows as DREAMers.

On the other hand,  "I think it's great" is consistent with a 2015 blog post at AT that included a photo op of Trump with several DREAMers from 2014.

I have been telling people that, as with John McCain in 2008, the media wants Trump to be the Republican nominee.  Old rich white men married to trophy wives fit the media narrative of who Republicans are, Young Hispanic men do not fit that narrative.  If you recall, between 2000 and 2008 McCain pretty much basked in the media glow.  He was their hero because he could beat up more conservative Republicans.  Then, as soon as McCain had a lock on the nomination, his media hat went from white to black because he had become a threat to the Democrat nominee. In primary season McCain got more coverage than his rivals and it was more favorable.  In the general election, McCain got much less coverage than Obama and it was far more unfavorable.

Trump is many times more vulnerable than McCain when the media turns on him.  And they will should Trump become the nominee.  Count on it. To the media the only good live Republican is one who bashes more consistently conservative Republicans.

Neo-neocon concurs.

At the time,[summer, 2014] there was quite a bit of consensus on the right about DACA being part of the impetus for the groundswell of recent illegal immigration of minors and resultant anti-illegal-immigrant sentiment—a sentiment that later ended up fueling Trump’s bid for the presidency.

Although, come to think of it, maybe Trump thinks it’s “great” because without it he wouldn’t have had a chance at being nominated. And whatever benefits Trump is “great.”

However you interpret Trump’s remarks, this sort of press conference answer should strike fear into the hearts of his supporters. Of course, it doesn’t. Nor is it being especially publicized, as far as I know. That’s because the press wants Trump as the nominee for two reasons. The first is that, with their help, he can be destroyed in the general when this sort of thing, plus almost countless incidents from Trump’s past, are trotted out and exploited. The second is that he’s very very good for business—their business, that is.

What the media creates, the media will destroy when it suits their agenda.