Not one of Trump’s better efforts. It had the dreary feel of a compromise speech put together by a gaggle of advisors. Trump’s instincts I am certain would have been to declare a national emergency, order the Army Corps of Engineers to build the Wall, impound the funds necessary to do so from the military budget, and dare the Democrats to stop him. This would end up as a battle royal in court, and unlike other commenters who have opined on this, I think the outcome in the Supreme Court would be uncertain. It may still come to that. As usual I think Trump’s political instincts were correct with his initial thought to declare a national emergency. Trump simply is not a conventional politician and what works for him would be death for a conventional politician. There are good policy grounds to oppose taking such action, but if Trump backs down now, the Democrats in the House will obstruct every move he makes.
On substance of course Trump is absolutely correct. The Democrats lie when they say they oppose the Wall because it would be ineffective. They fear it would be all too effective in cutting off the hordes of illegal aliens from the south who have transformed several states into one party Democrat fiefdoms. The smarter Democrats are also beginning to notice something: the longer Hispanics are in this country, intermarry and advance materially, the less likely they are to vote Democrat. Hence the need to add additional waves regularly of poverty stricken illegal aliens to become dependent on welfare and give the Democrats additional voting strength, as the Democrats demonize poor whites who are displaced and dare to complain. This is a despicable political strategy and the President missed a golden opportunity last night to call the Democrats on it.