The latest trend from #TheResistance is a novel (although not particularly smart) one: Eliminate the department that identifies and deports dangerous aliens because it’s deporting too many people, goshdarnit.
The movement to abolish the ICE has moved from a fringe demand to something embraced by mainstream Democrat politicians. Three of the most prominent of these are from New York: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a likely 2020 presidential contender, and newly minted House candidate and card-carrying socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
So, what does this really mean if you’re not a politician, who doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of criminal illegal immigrants and border insecurity?
Well, Dan Bongino served as both an NYPD officer and a Secret Service agent before his latest career as a conservative pundit. In a weekend appearance on “Fox & Friends,” he predicted that if these politicians get what they claim to want, it would be the end of the party they represent.
“Calls to abolish ICE,” Bongino said, “will lead to the abolishment of the Democrat Party.”
“This is the gift of Donald Trump, and I sincerely mean this,” he continued. “I sincerely mean this. He has this unique ability to provoke a political overreaction by the Democrats.
“Now, I want to be clear on this — not an ideological overreaction. This is who the Democrats have been for 20 years, folks. Make no mistake: They’ve been about open borders, they’ve been about high taxes, they’ve been about high taxes, big government, government-controlled health care.
“This is who the Democrats are. They’ve just been really good at politically hiding it, making themselves look like a more moderate party.
“The gift of Trump has been to provoke a political overreaction, where their political tactics have gone out the window and they’re competing with each other for who can have the more fringe, radical position to seem more anti-Trump.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 1, 2018
If it is truly a gift of Trump’s, as Bongino claims, it can best be classified as an early Christmas gift — at least since it will come off of layaway in November, when the Democrats will actually have to answer to American voters about this proposal.
Proposals to abolish ICE help rally the Democrat base — which is a good thing for the party, but only so long as people who aren’t in the base don’t hear about it.
There’s the rub: While this plays well among rabid activist types, it doesn’t play in Peoria. And that’s where the Democrats are going to need to pick up seats.
They already have the mayoralty of New York or Ocasio-Cortez’s House seat locked up. In swing districts, abolishing ICE is exactly why swing voters won’t consider the Democrats. The party has become unmoored from any semblance of centrism, drifting off aimlessly into the distal waters of extremism.
And that, indeed, may be the genius of President Donald J. Trump.
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