President Donald Trump said today he may issue an order to deploy more troops, possibly up to 15,000, to the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
The midterm elections are next week, and Trump is playing to racist voters who are inspired to vote Republican by his white supremacist fearmongering over a so-called “migrant caravan” of a few thousand poor and underfed people from Central America who are a thousand miles away from our border, and probably won't make it here by Election Day, November 6.
Trump said: "As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out, we have about 5,000—we'll go up to anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel, on top of Border Patrol, ICE, and everybody else at the border. Nobody's coming in."
"Immigration is a very, very big, and very dangerous—a really dangerous topic," says President Trump.
In today's exchange with reporters, the President was asked if he considered himself a fearmonger.
Trump: "No, I'm not fearmonger at all. Immigration is a very important subject."
He also said:
QUESTION: Have you received a subpoena at all from Robert Mueller?
President Trump re: ending birthright citizenship says that if President Obama “could do DACA, we can do this by executive order.”
DACA wasn't set up by executive order; it was White House guidance to DHS. Important legal distinction.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 31, 2018
Trump’s off to Florida to stump for the midterms, with:
on board AF1 with him. pic.twitter.com/2N1LxXyzYY
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 31, 2018
Trump says Republicans are doing "very well" with women voters because they want security: "They don't want these people pouring into our country totally unchecked" pic.twitter.com/IbRX6dwYh6
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 31, 2018