Last night Homeland Security Director Kirsten Nielsen resigned – reportedly because she thinks Donald Trump has become too “unhinged” about immigration, even for her tastes. Trump then quickly proceeded to prove her entirely correct with a particularly deranged series of threats against Mexico.
Donald Trump posted this bizarre meltdown on Twitter: “More apprehensions (captures) at the Southern Border than in many years. Border Patrol amazing! Country is FULL! System has been broken for many years. Democrats in Congress must agree to fix loopholes – No Open Borders (Crimes & Drugs). Will Close Southern Border If necessary. Mexico must apprehend all illegals and not let them make the long march up to the United States, or we will have no other choice than to Close the Border and/or institute Tariffs. Our Country is FULL!”
Where do we even start here? It’s interesting, to say the least, that after Trump used a fairly basic word like “apprehensions,” he felt he needed to dumb it down for his intended audience, which is of course his own base. Also, it’s rather odd that after Trump announced just days ago that he was giving Mexico a year to bend to his will or he’d close to border, he’s now right back to threatening to immediately close the border.
The most bizarre part about Donald Trump’s meltdown is that he clearly still has no idea what a tariff is. If he places tariffs on goods coming from Mexico, he’ll literally be taxing U.S. citizens, and it won’t cost Mexican exporters a cent. Trump made clear that he didn’t understand tariffs with his disastrous trade war against China, and now he’s threatening to further harm the U.S. economy in the name of punishing Mexico. But really, Trump should be immediately impeached and removed simply for tweeting something as psychotically racist as “Our Country is FULL!” Trump and his supporters are more than welcome to leave the United States at any time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report