Donald Trump hasn’t made it out to California since being elected president, but he’s reportedly planning to correct that oversight in March. No, he’s not going out there to get an earful from the liberal governor or listen to Attorney General Xavier Becerra yap about how illegal immigrants are the lifeblood of this nation; he’s going out there to take a firsthand look at the border wall prototypes.
Oh yes, friends…it’s coming.
The first report of the trip comes to us courtesy of the Washington Post, and the article is actually more interesting than the news itself. Why? Because it is a fascinating look at just how biased and insane Trump coverage has become. It’s easy to pick out the “fake news” when the paper is covering some scandal or talking about the Russia investigation, but there’s still this (stubborn) part of us that expects a straight feature story like this to call it right down the middle. Call us naïve, call us hopelessly pining for a simpler time, but this nonsense piece of journalism trash actually caught us off guard. This should not have been a difficult story to write without soaking it in anti-Trump venom.
Alas, they failed to meet that low standard.
“The president’s trip to California has been floated several times but then scuttled,” they write. “Trump prefers to sleep in his own bed at night, and some of his aides have been leery of a trip to the border because protests are likely amid debate over the president’s support for new immigration limits.”
Trump prefers to sleep in his own bed at night? Where does that come from, Michael Wolff’s gossip book? Was that really necessary to include?
Let’s just go through and pick out the unnecessary quotes from this story that would have never made it past an editor only a few years ago:
“Trump is not exactly a favorite person in California — he lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 4 million votes.”
Because that’s relevant.
“There has been some speculation Trump could try to use the occasion of a visit to the border wall showcase to stage a reality-TV-style selection of the winning prototype.”
As Wikipedia likes to say: Citation needed.
Then there’s just this entire ending:
The state of California has joined several environmental and advocacy groups in lawsuits challenging DHS’s proposals to fast-track its construction plans. They are seeking to compel the administration to follow standard environmental review procedures, while the government argues it has the authority to bypass them, as a matter of national security.
The suits are under review by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump characterized during his campaign as “a Mexican” and therefore biased against him. Curiel, who was born in Indiana to parents who were immigrants from Mexico, is expected to announce a decision in the coming days.
It would be Trump’s first visit to the border with Mexico as president, and he has consistently spoken of the area as a dangerous, lawless place. Statistics show crime rates in several U.S. border cities, including San Diego, are among the lowest in the country.
When we finally build the wall, is there any chance we can put the Washington Post’s offices on the other side of it?