Politics

Legislator about Trump: “We Need a President, Not a Comic Book Villain”

Published on April 13, 2019 by Athena Pallas

“The president has run amok and he is going to create dangerous situations. It’s outrageously irresponsible. We need a president, not a comic book villain, ” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in response to President Trump’s latest immigration policies, according to The Hill. Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), made the comments on CNN on Friday. She accused Trump of ignoring humanitarian concerns regarding immigrants, using them to further his political interests, and being reckless with his immigration policies.

Wasserman Schultz’s concerns come as Trump himself confirmed reports that he is considering releasing immigrants into sanctuary cities and state (the entire state of California is a sanctuary) as retaliation against Democrats’ opposition to his draconian immigration policies and his circumvention of congressional appropriations authority by declaring a national emergency at the border in order to redirect billions of dollars allocated for other purposes in order to build his folly of a border wall. Wasserman Schultz has also expressed her belief that Trump’s wall is a waste of resources and an antiquated solution to issues that can be addressed much more efficiently with modern technology. On that subject, Wasserman Schultz, according to The Hill, called Trump’s wall a “seventh century solution to what can be solved with 21st century technology.” Trump’s confirmation of this plan regarding sanctuary cities comes in contrast to the denials given by other members of his administration earlier in the day yesterday. Trump appears to believe that if he were to overwhelm these cities by disproportionately allocating immigrants there, Democrats will come to agree with his immigration policies. Other Democratic legislators have also been vocal responding to Trump’s latest ploy, which clearly would involve his using immigrants as pawns. According to The Hill:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), called President Trump a “comic book villain” in response to the president’s immigration policy on Friday. “What the president is intent on doing is using immigrants who are simply coming to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families as political weapons,” Wasserman Schultz told CNN. “It is just outrageous when what we need to do is sit down at the table … and adopt some sane, humane immigration policy.” … Wasserman Schultz criticized the plan (to release immigrants into sanctuary cities), as well as Trump’s “fake” national emergency declaration to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border… House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said it was “very unfortunate” that the administration was weighing the move, and Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, compared the policy proposal to “throwing tantrums.

Here, as sadly is so often the case, anger, impulsivity, and a disregard for the law figure prominently in President Trump’s latest plan for handling immigrants. These plans have been escalating of late. Reportedly President Trump’s wish to reinstate the child separation policy at the border contributed to the exit of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who objected not on moral grounds, but on legal grounds, which Trump apparently did not want to heed, despite court rulings and his own executive order stopping the policy. Trump also threatened to close the border with Mexico and reportedly had ordered that to begin, but was somehow talked out of it by Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, according to CNN. Trump has also suggested that he may send even more active duty troops to the border; the existing deployment is set to reach a cost of at least $534 million by the end of the fiscal year (the end of September).

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