Tuesday morning, it appeared that Trump’s actions on DACA reeked of “Obama Erasure Syndrome.” That is, the desire that Trump has declared, in so many ways, to remove, destroy, or rescind anything good Obama did so that he can put his name on it. Tuesday evening, it appears that Trump himself confirmed DACA has nothing to do with anything but Trump feeling like he beat Obama.
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue,” Trump tweeted out.
The vindictive nature required to throw 800,000 child-arrivals to the US, raised here and often not knowing any country but this one, under the “Trump Train” so that Trump can put his ostentatious golden moniker on the legislation that “saves” them is unfathomable to most of us. Not Trump, though:
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
“Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump, and that is now and has always been trashy.” ~ Charles M. Blow of The New York Times
That little dig about Obama not being “able to” get DACA passed legislatively is the biggest tell. Obama asked for this to be handled by Congress, he basically begged them to send him a bill. Congress, led by the GOP, refused to do anything, their game plan was obstruction and they knew the rules: Nothing Obama supported passed, even if it was something the Republicans had proposed. The Republicans forced President Obama’s hand, so he did it himself — and he did it legally, in a way that has survived legal challenges and hurdles.
It is such a legal document, actually, that it appears that he Trump administration just couldn’t wait for the “next” legal challenge. One they claimed DACA would not survive. How do we know? They killed it first. If they had known it would die on its own, they could have “revist[ed] this issue” then. At that point, Trump would have been the savior of 800,000 American raised young people seeking citizenship.
Now, he faces nearly a million people’s friends and loved ones holding a grudge against him and his party.
Trump’s argument about legality, changing DACA from an Executive Order to “by Congress,” holds no water with Trump’s already prolific Executive Order history. Trump’s first 200 days in office have resulted in more Executive Orders than Obama averaged in a year, according to Business Insider. Also, most of them have been about erasing Obama:
Most of Trump’s have reversed Obama-era regulations, efforts to protect the environment, and policies he says are stymieing business. Trump’s nine executive orders he signed on days 101-200 of his presidency established a controversial commission on voter fraud, attempted to expand apprenticeships in the US, and formed an infrastructure advisory council, to name a few actions.
We already know Trump is jealous of Obama, as Charles M. Blow pointed out in one of his NYT editorial pieces, “Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams,” he began. Blow continued, “One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.”
Why else would he “revisit” this issue if his plan to cut Obama out of it fails? Having Trump confirm that this chaotic “hand grenade” style political move, thrusting almost 800,000 Dreamers into nightmares, is just about getting Obama’s name off of the legislation makes it all very clear.
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