Sep 14, 2017

Conservatives blast Trump for teaming up with Chuck & Nancy on DACA

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Right-wing commentators are taking aim at President Trump for his in-the-works DACA deal that would include increased border security but no funding for the border wall.

Why it matters: Trump's newfound desire for bipartisanship is putting his conservative base in jeopardy. Many of his most feverish supporters voted for him because of his hard line on immigration, and to them this deal makes it seem like Trump's caving on his core promises.

  • Breitbart splashed "Amnesty Don" across its homepage.
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted: "If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible."
  • Ann Coulter tweeted: "At this point, who DOESN'T want Trump impeached?"
  • Laura Ingraham tweeted: "Dems' 'Border security' pledge is MEANINGLESS... When does American working class w/out real wage increase in 15yrs & who send their kids to overcrowded public schools get amnesty?"
  • Sean Hannity tweeted: "Weak R's have betrayed voters. @POTUS needs to stay the course and keep his promises or it's over! Pelosi and Schumer can never be trusted.... If reports true 100%. I blame R's. They caused this..."
  • Lou Dobbs, an anchor Fox Business Network tweeted: "...Huge Loss for #MAGA... @POTUS Betrayed."

Meanwhile, here are a few sample texts flying around, from Axios' Jonathan Swan, who's on a text message chain with some of the more influential anti-establishment GOP operatives and media figures in the U.S.

  • "#ProtectOurIllegals"
  • "It's Javanka's West Wing. We only voted for it."
  • "Impeach."
  • "This is like the week before the Super Bowl, Bob Craft meeting with the owners and players of the Atlanta Falcons."
  • "Slap in the face not to Ryan and McConnell but the very people - the RANK AND FILE - Republicans across the country, who believe in the Constitution."

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

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A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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