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Trump's shutdown tantrum failed to get anyone to actually like his wall

Most Americans still don’t want Trump’s racist border wall even after he tried to force it on them with a shutdown.

By Oliver Willis - February 04, 2019
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Trump’s government shutdown over a racist border wall was a devastating tantrum that led to a humiliating political loss — and it completely failed to garner Trump any support for his pet project.

A new poll from Gallup shows 60 percent of Americans still oppose a border wall, which is unchanged from June of 2018. The poll shows that despite Trump’s desperate tall tales about caravans hurtling to the border, taped-up women and prayer rugs, people are just not buying his snake oil.

At the same time, the poll shows that support for more immigration has significantly increased.

“Since Trump’s election, the proportion of Americans wanting to increase immigration levels has grown — from 21% in June 2016 to a record-high 30% now,” Gallup notes.

While Republicans have gone all-in for Trump’s approach on racism, Americans have rejected their stance.

Shutting down the government was cruel to hundreds of thousands of families and businesses. It was also a political loser, forcing Trump to bend to the will of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats.

The people of the country still believe in the Statue of Liberty’s exhortation to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” even as Trump and his underlings have assaulted the idea.

But it isn’t working.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.


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