Elder Patriot – President Trump delivered the goods during a nationally televised address from the oval office last night.
The president struck the perfect balance between the costs of our porous southern border and the threat that it poses to our national security with hard facts and statistics, and an emotional plea to stop the humanitarian crisis that is taking place.
Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.
In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.
This is a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.
Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States — a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system.
This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.
Trump cited politicians living behind walled properties without condemning them but with reason and compassion:
“They don’t hate the people on the outside, they love the people on the inside”
Then Trump pointed out the financial benefit related to only preventing the flow of drugs:
The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year — vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for, indirectly, by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.
Trump's presidential address was a reminder of how much we needed him
Resolved, firm, frank.
Build the damn wall
American lives matter too
— PinkAboutIt ⭐⭐⭐ (@Pink_About_it) January 9, 2019
If Trump didn’t close the deal by the time he finished, the aging, increasingly Marxist Democrats did.
They should’ve stayed home and let the propaganda media carry their water. Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer were that bad… from the moment the camera began rolling:
It would appear Chuck and Nancy went to the morgue for hair and makeup. pic.twitter.com/E7s3I26mmo
— #ShoveItUpUranium ??? (@TheBeaSmith) January 9, 2019
This is the most frightening thing on TV – these two 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers" zombie ghouls with their creepy stares. After days of planning, this is what Democrats thought would be an effective presentation?? pic.twitter.com/qT6CeuCtZl
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) January 9, 2019
This is a knockout by Trump. He spoke compassionately about embracing the parents of victims. Pelosi and Schumer are repeating a wooden set of talking points ("ineffective and unnecessary"). As I said this morning, having Democrats rebut the president was the best thing for Trump
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 9, 2019
Complete KO for Trump in the Oval Office . He spoke about protecting victims. Chuck and Nancy spoke about "turmoil in the administration." #TrumpAddress
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 9, 2019
As bad as the optics were, their deception was worse. They accused the president of using the shutdown in a way that past presidents never would.
President Obama shut the government in 2013 after Congress declined to fully fund his pet project, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Oh, and as the Daily Caller pointed out:
Obama’s was a “complete” shutdown, whereas Trump’s is only a “partial” shutdown. In fact, Obama’s action was more damaging to workers than Trump’s. Obama furloughed far more government employees – more than 800,000 workers were furloughed without pay, while another 1.3 million were asked to work without pay. Compare that to just 380,000 furloughed workers and 420,000 exempt employees working without pay under Trump until the partial shutdown ends.
As well, Clinton’s shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 were among the most notable in U.S. history.
Pelosi and Schumer told Americans that President Trump could reopen the government and continue negotiating with them afterwards. Without the leverage the shutdown provides Trump, Democrats will simply kick the can down the road as they have, with the help of establishment Republicans (RINO’s), for more than 33 years.
President Trump offered to compromise. Pelosi and Schumer offered nothing.
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) December 20, 2018
Powerful speech by President @realDonaldTrump! Americans should thank God every day that we have a president like Donald Trump who takes his oath of office seriously and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect this country.
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) January 9, 2019