Donald Trump has bragged more than once about how he has “one of the great memories of all time.” So it’s odd when he forgets about events from his own presidency.
During a cabinet meeting just two months ago, for example, President Trump talked about a Republican effort to sacrifice Americans’s health for corporate profits by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. “We had it done, but unfortunately, somebody decided to vote against that at the last moment,” Trump said, in apparent reference of the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).
But that’s not exactly what happened. Three different Republican senators, including John McCain, balked at the stripped down repeal bill, which had been intended to serve merely as a vehicle for new negotiations. Even if John McCain had voted yes, ACA repeal had many additional steps to go, and Trump’s description of these events means he can’t remember things as well as he thinks.
Recently, Donald Trump’s memory failed him yet again.
“The reason the DACA for Wall deal didn’t get done was that a ridiculous court decision from the 9th Circuit allowed DACA to remain, thereby setting up a Supreme Court case. After ruling, Dems dropped deal – and that’s where we are today, Democrat obstruction of the needed Wall.”
Of course, the wall is not “needed” and the ruling from the 9th Circuit’s wasn’t “ridiculous,” but more importantly, the president’s timeline is completely wrong.
In early September 2017, Donald Trump and Democratic leaders did reach a tentative deal that extended DACA and increased border security, however the agreement did not include any wall funding and the untrustworthy president abandoned that agreement soon after when he was confronted with whining from the racist far-right.
Two months later, back in November 2017, the ruling from the 9th Circuit changed the landscape, but it did not prevent a deal on immigration.
Actually, the congressional debate went into February 2018, when several competing plans went on the Senate floor, like a bipartisan deal that involved some wall funding. The incompetent White House rejected it.
It was one of 6 different bipartisan immigration deals which Trump opposed, insisting that each plan was not far enough to the right, essentially meaning it was not harmful enough to non-white immigrants.
How can someone who has “one of the great memories of all time” forget all of this?