Like Mattis Said, We Don’t Do Stunts [OPINION]
Another foolish question from another foolish reporter looking for relevance in this day of fake and hyped up news coverage.
The reporter wanted to know from Defense Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis if the troop deployment to the southern border with Mexico was a pre-election stunt.
"We don't do stunts in this department. Thank you," barked Mattis.
For several decades, politicians of all stripes have called for increased border security and an end to the endless flow of illegal immigrants across that border. There has been lots of lip service, but not a whole lot of action--until now, that it.
President Trump is prepared to defend the border, and the Democrats and the media all of a sudden don't like it one bit. Why is that, exactly?
The first of potentially several migrant caravans is believed to consist of an estimated 4,000 Central Americans. President Trump told reporters that "anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel" could be ordered to the border, "on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border."
Because federal law prohibits the military from acting as a domestic police force, they will be there to provide support.
Why the press might suggest that deploying the military to help secure the border is a stunt or a pre-election gimmick boggles the imagination. Trump has made immigration and border security a top priority since first announcing his candidacy in 2015. It's what got him elected.
Can it be that the press is just so not used to seeing a president follow through on promises that they are in stunned disbelief and suspicious of his every move? Or could it be that the media really is the public relations arm of the Democrat party, and is simply resisting?
I suspect that many in the elite press truly despise Trump and want him to fail, and therefore cannot find a way to cover him fairly.
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