Who Plans a Trip to Mexico in the Middle of Summer?

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Donald Trump recently asked attendees at one of his town hall events what he should do about immigration.

“You have somebody who is terrific, who has been here … a long time. A long court proceeding, long everything, okay? In other words, to get them out, can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out? Tell me. I mean, I don’t know. You tell me. I want to know.”

He wants to know, people!

Now, some may say that formulating policy based on a Sean Hannity moderated town hall event isn’t the best way to go, but this guy is the Republican Nominee for President. Clearly he has his shit together.

Last night, Trump announced he was going to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who apparently is having political troubles of his own after it came out that half of his law thesis was plagiarized. Finally, something Mr. Trump and Mr. Nieto have in common: a fondness for plagiarism.

But, you know what? He wants to know what to do and since his supporters at a town hall couldn’t figure it out maybe it’s best that he is going to a place that has something to do with the issue. I mean, we’ve seen more outlandish reactions to policy by Trump before, so maybe he should get credit for taking a meeting?

Although this will make for very interesting television, I tend to echo Josh Marshall’s thoughts on this matter: “Can Trump really be this stupid?” This, of course, assumes that there was any strategic thinking at all that went into this decision. The Washington Post cites a meeting of the Trump campaign at his golf course over the weekend as the inspiration for this get together, but the idea that this is anything more than a publicity stunt seems far fetched to me.

What you’re really seeing here is a candidate who has to face the grim reality of his situation. Trump was a man who was built up by the mob and by “the mob” I don’t mean organized crime, but more of the French definition of the mob during the French Revolution. I’ve been tempted to call Trump a modern day Robespierre, but frankly that does Robespierre a huge disservice. I think the end result of what history now calls: “The Terror” bears repeating however. Robespierre was eventually the final victim of his own madness and now, in Trump’s case, he’s in a no-win situation with voters about his signature policy issue. Whatever happens in the next twenty-four hours it will likely look like a 1950’s Soviet show trial. What’s scary is that I’m not sure that’s something that bothers Trump as long as the ratings are solid.



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