Wait… what happened here?
Members of President Trump’s evangelical advisory council decided to jump ship for the day and publicly sided with Nancy Pelosi on DACA.
“You have always taken the lead. Your commitment to the immigrant community to the dreams is second to none. So America is in a better place because of your prophetic leadership on this matter,” the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration last year, told Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday.
That’s a glowing review of Pelosi’s tenure. And an absolute rejection of what Trump ran on.
Of course, the president has sided with Pelosi and Schumer on DACA, previously. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has also recently said that the president’s views are “evolving.”
We can see where this is heading.
“We can’t continue to play politics with 800,000 human beings created in the image of God. It is morally reprehensible,” Rodriguez said.
“If we have to build a wall in order to secure and save 800,000 lives, let’s make that happen as expeditiously as possible. Let’s cross the proverbial [River] Jordan of saving our DACA young men and women. Let’s do it now,” he continued.
But how does this go over with Trump’s base? Most are unwilling to compromise on the immigration issue.
Trump and Republican lawmakers are prepared to support protections for DACA recipients, as long as there are some strict border protection measures attached.
And I get that Trump doesn’t do a lot of consulting with his evangelical advisory board, given that the election is over and he doesn’t need to pimp them for votes, anymore, but have they all jumped ship for Pelosi or was this with Trump’s knowledge?