The past week has seen everything from a Donald Trump vulgar racism scandal, to a Donald Trump porn star sex scandal, to what we all briefly thought was nuclear armageddon in Hawaii. On top of it all, Trump has been saying and tweeting even more idiotic garbage than ever. Amid all the noise and controversy, it’s been easy to overlook the fact that Trump has, in fact, spent all week quietly caving to the Democrats on multiple key issues.
First came Trump’s decision to extend the Iran peace deal yet again. This is the same deal that Trump spent the entire campaign vowing to rip up on day one, simply because it was originally struck by President Obama. It turns out Trump thinks it’s a pretty good deal after all, or he’s figured out that he lacks the political muscle to do anything different with Iran. Yeah, he threw in a few new sanctions against Iran just so he could save face (link). But the bottom line is that Trump caved to the Democrats (and specifically to Obama’s legacy) when he extended the deal.
Then came Trump’s decision on Saturday night to begin accepting new DACA renewals (link). He didn’t really have a choice, as a federal court ruled against him at the worst possible time for him. But this once again meant that, despite his week full of racist and anti-DACA bluster, and his repeated attacks on the Democrats over this issue, he ended up having to cave to them after all.
So this week has served as yet another reminder, that for all his bombast and noise and bragging about the size of his anatomy, Donald Trump is not a man of definitive action. Instead he’s sitting back and quietly caving to the opposition party on major issues, because he’s not good enough at this to figure out any other way to do things. In other words he’s more vulnerable than ever, and he knows it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report