Tonight is the State of the Union, but it should be renamed to the State of The Wall. It is now official; the Trump presidency will be defined by The Wall.

It is hard to tell what Donald Trump is going to say tonight. I don’t believe that Trump, himself, even knows. But the one topic sure to dominate tonight is going to be The Wall.

It is my belief that Donald Trump launched his presidency using The Wall as his signature item simply because The Wall rhetoric would make splashy headlines for his campaign. I do not believe much thought went into Trump’s call for The Wall, at first.

But the xenophobes chomping at the bit, such as Stephen Miller and Ann Coulter, bought into the Trump rhetoric and mobilized to make it the public policy of Trump’s administration. As the campaign went along, Trump bought into the “Mexico will pay” for the wall chants and allowed Miller to dictate the public policy for immigration and U.S.-México relations. Ann Coulter put Trump in the predicament he finds himself in today.

Other Republican cohorts, like Sean Hannity really didn’t care about The Wall initially, until they saw it as an opportunity to put someone – Trump – into office that could push along the conservative wish lists of conservative judges and other conservative issues.

But The Wall wouldn’t die so now it has become the single defining moment of Trump’s presidency.

The Trump presidency succeeds or fails on The Wall.

Ann Coulter has said as much. A wall get’s Donald Trump the accolades from the far-Right. No wall guarantees Donald Trump isn’t reelected for a second term.

There is no middle ground. Either Trump delivers on The Wall or he fails leading to a lame-duck presidency for the rest of his first term.

Tonight’s State of the Union will be about The Wall.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

One reply on “State of the Wall”

  1. All that focus over the pinchi wall! Fear and loathing at the southern border – separating families, kidnapping children, forcing workers to work without pay, shutting down government, the repugnant Republicans egging for the emergency call, militarizing the border, etc., and all the time Amerik³a deriving joy from the misery these actions cause. It seems that the pinchi wall has been built.

    Meanwhile on the other side of the wall the allies are devising ways to bypass US dollar, war criminal Kissinger’s worst nightmare is taking place, countries recalling their gold reserves, economic deals being made – China, Russia, India, Pakistan, EU, Japan, and so on. Mexico, get on the New Silk Road.

    So tonight we’ll hear ramblings from the lunatic (I love it, Cultros!) in the White Man’s House.

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