It was early in April when Trump formally directed several thousand National Guard troops to go to the U.S.-Mexico border, supposedly to prevent people from crossing the border illegally. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump stupidly announced.
It quickly became clear, though, that the Trump administration couldn’t fully explain the goal of the plan. Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, attempted unsuccessfully to defend the deployments. A CNN report says that it “remains unclear exactly what [the National Guard troops] will be there to do.”
Almost two months later, the issue has gotten worse. The L.A. Times wrote overnight:
A month after President Trump called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the deployment “a colossal waste of resources.”
“We have seen no benefit,” said Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents 15,000 agents, the National Border Patrol Council.
The criticism is a dramatic departure for the group, which endorsed Trump’s candidacy for president and has praised his border security efforts, including National Guard deployments.
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones added, “This is yet another example of Trump talking big but accomplishing little because he has no idea what the issues really are and what kind of actions to order. He just tweets out a command to deploy the National Guard to the border, basks in the applause, and then assumes everything will just work out.”
Trump’s actions and choices aren’t legitimate governing. He begins by making incorrect assumptions based on biased and/or lying reports he sees on conservative media – Trump is convinced there’s a serious border crisis, the truth be damned – and then attempts to think of “solutions” with his small brain, ones that will impress his uneducated and rabid base.
In this case it means deploying thousands of troops from the National Guard with no clear objective.
What would they do? Trump had no idea. How would they assist the Border Patrol? He didn’t know anything about that, either. What exact policy would the troops be implementing? Don’t ask the idiot president, who just does whatever he wants with little understanding of the future, like a toddler.
Why would he pretend there is a border crisis while also bragging about a historically low number of people illegally crossing the border? Because Donald Trump doesn’t know about cognitive dissonance.
“We generally support the administration,” Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council added, “but we’re not going to be cheerleading when things are not going well.”