Scoot: Is this the Trump tipping point?

Scoot
June 20, 2018 - 10:17 am

President Donald Trump has survived controversies that would have brought down most other politicians.  If news of alleged sex with a porn star does not taint the popularity of a sitting president, you have to wonder if anything would strike at a president’s popularity.

But that may be changing.  Has the new policy of separating parents and children at the border pushed President Trump to a tipping point? 

Merriam-Webster defines tipping point as “the critical point in a situation, process or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.” 

The growing criticism of the Trump administration’s new policy of separating families at the border, even among some of Trump’s most loyal supporters, seems to fit the definition of a tipping point.

President Trump has benefited from Republicans on Capitol Hill who have remained silent even if they strongly disagree with the President.  The President has been protected by loyalists who have been by his side and supported him regardless of the controversy - at least until now.

The voices from Fox News criticizing President Trump’s new zero-tolerance policy at the border are getting louder.  Howard Kurtz, Fox News Media Analyst, bashed the President in an article on FoxNews.com.

Here are a few highlights:

•       A Republican president has a problem when he’s lost the New York Post.  And religious leaders who have backed him on just about everything- he’s done.  And the last Republican first lady.  And his own wife feel compelled to speak out.

•       That’s where Donald Trump is right now on the practice that has separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border, warehousing them in converted stores and buildings.

•       The President says he’s not using the separation of children as leverage to get a better deal on immigration legislation.  But the appearance is very different.

In his scathing article for Fox News, Kurtz says President Trump’s insistence that he cannot do anything to stop the separation policy and that it’s all up to Congress has been investigated and fact-checked and is simply not true.  The President can, but he refuses to stop enforcing the policy until he gets favorable legislation from Congress.  That is a clear indication that President Trump is pulling children away from their parents for the purpose of gaining a political edge.

Kurtz documents the Trump loyalists that are harshly speaking out against the President.  Fox News contributor, Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized Trump call the policy of separation “child abuse.”

The New York Post - owned by Rupert Murdock, the owner of The Fox News Channel - published an editorial that read in part:  “It’s not just that this looks terrible in the eyes of the world.  It is terrible:  at least 2,000 children ripped from their parents’ arms, sometimes literally, in just the first six weeks.”

Trump loyalists and former White House staff member, Anthony Scaramucci, said that his former boss has “got to step in there and end this thing because I think it’s an atrocious policy, it’s inhumane, it’s offensive to the average American.  It does not represent American values.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned the Trump Administration’s new policy.  And in a shocking break from President Trump - the Rev. Franklin Graham - an avid Trump supporter who call the Stormy Daniels allegations “nobody’s business” - said the Trump policy is “disgraceful.”

Movie and TV producer Seth McFarlane, who is associated with 21th Century Fox, said that because of President Trump’s new policy he is “embarrassed” to work for the parent company that owns The Fox News Channel because of their “fringe” reporting.

Every living First Lady - even a past Republican First Lady - has publicly condemned the Trump policy, as well as the President’s wife who said she “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with a heart.”

I agree with the speculation that this policy is the brainchild of Trump advisor Stephen Miller - the White House’s new Steve Bannon.  Miller is a behind-the-scenes advisor who acts like the butcher cutting up the raw red meat to feed Trump’s base.  But the line has been crossed, and even devout supporters are turning on President Trump.

This may be a tipping point for President Trump and the open criticism of Trump’s policy of separating children from parents at the border is growing among credible Trump loyalists.  This may be the tipping point that brings down the silent curtain that has kept so many other Republicans’ and Trump supporters’ voices silent.

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