According to whitehouse.gov, President Donald J Trump will be touring the southern border in Arizona on Tuesday, and discussing plans for beefing up national security. Later in the day, the president will speak at a huge rally in Phoenix.
Back when Donald J Trump was campaigning throughout the country with the intent of landing the GOP nomination, he declared to an enthusiastic Phoenix audience that, “the silent majority is back.”
In the 2015 campaign speech, Trump promised to fine Mexico $100,000 for every immigrant who crossed into the U.S. illegally, and he talked tough on trade, pledging to tax imports by American-owned companies that shipped jobs out of the United States. He also promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
More than half way through his first year, few of his promises have come to fruition, let alone get started.
Mexico is not paying as much as a dollar for the illegal aliens who come through the border, and it doesn’t look good right now for the border wall to receive the funding it needs come October 1. Furthermore, he didn’t rip up NAFTA, instead, he agreed to renegotiate the deal. As of now, it’s fully operational. But the worst sticking point is ObamaCare. Arizona is suffering the worst, having been hit this year with the highest rate increase of any state in the nation.
So, whether the President receives a warm Arizona reception is anyone’s guess, especially when tacking on the political climate in Arizona isn’t the best right now.
Although many will say it’s still early, there are others who see folks like Bannon out of the White House, and friction between Trump and the GOP as potential show stoppers.
The two Republican Arizona Senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, don’t see eye to eye with President Trump. It was Senator John McCain who returned to D.C. on the heels of his brain surgery, to cast an 11th hour “no” vote which defeated the Senate’s efforts to repeal ObamaCare by trying to pass the Healthcare Freedom Act, aka the “skinny repeal amendment.”
After Senator Jeff Flake’s book criticizing President Trump and other Republicans, on Twitter, the President called Flake “toxic,” suggesting that he may back Flake’s Republican opponent Kelli Ward, in his 2018 bid for re-election.
Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Other hot-button is the possible pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was found guilty of contempt of court by defying a federal order to stop targeting Latinos as suspected undocumented aliens. Trump has mentioned the idea of pardoning the sheriff, but has not fully committed. Meanwhile, Arpaio was all-in for Trump during the 2016 campaign.
President Donald J Trump, however, has a special place in his heart for the people of Arizona, and that’s why he is returning. The President enjoys his a loyal Republican base of fierce, Arizona non-conformists who trace back to the frontier days, and is evident in lawmen like Sheriff Joe.
“The Republican primary base in Arizona is highly partisan, semi-libertarian in the sense that it’s against the swamp,” said longtime Republican political strategist Chuck Coughlin. “We’re the 48th state to join. We’re still acting like a juvenile. We still act like we’re the last one invited to the party which is sort of what Donald Trump is.”
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