Republicans Fear that Trump’s Immigration Obsession Might be Too Much
As Donald Trump seems to ignore focusing on the economy and keeps obsessing over immigration issues, Republicans fear it might backfire
Yet again, President Trump stated his hard line on immigration again this Thursday, while some Republicans wish he would move the focus to the economy.
Republican officials and operatives said that there is a growing sense of fear within the party over Trump’s rhetoric on border security, which he has talked about almost every day for the past month.
“You’re playing at the margins with Republicans on the issue of immigration, but there are very many more Democrats that might be mobilized by his rhetoric. Not smart politically,” said conservative radio host Erick Erickson
Trump has been operating assuming that if he talks tough on immigration, he can energize enough Republicans to hamper a “blue wave” of Democratic midterm voters. During the last three weeks, he unveiled restrictive immigration policies and made erroneous declarations about a caravan of Central American migrants.
As this sort of language and behavior worked for him during his bid for presidency two years ago, he strongly considers that it carries the same weight as it used to with conservatives and right-leaning independents during this election season.
“This isn’t an innocent group of people,” Trump said of the thousands-strong caravan in a speech from the Roosevelt Room on Thursday, warning that it contained men who had injured Mexican security officers in clashes in that country.
Moreover, Trump instructed the US military personnel if incoming migrants throw stones at them: “Anybody throwing stones, rocks … we will consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.”
We shall have to wait and see what happens in the following weeks.