A Mexican standoff
Emperor Morontine Donald Trump spent the 2016 campaign excoriating free trade deals like NAFTA and TPP, saying they were bad deals for the US and that he would either get rid of them or negotiate much better deals, due to his stellar skills.
He pulled the US out of TPP, ceding the ground to China. And for the better part of two years, he made noises about pulling out of NAFTA unless Mexico and Canada returned to the bargaining table.
His team, such as it is, renegotiated NAFTA, making it arguably worse for the US, and rebranded it the USMCA: NAFTA, but with Trump’s name on it.
Trump submitted the USMCA to the Senate just last week. And now he’s blown it up.
Because the one thing Trump hates more than free trade is brown people. Yesterday, he threatened to slap Mexico with tariffs unless it completely stopped illegal immigration to the US. He wants Mexico to act as Border Patrol enforcement, and will punish it if it fails to do so.
So, to feed his bigotry, Trump is willing to scupper a rare “success” for him. Because he sees immigration—legal or not—as an existential threat to the makeup of America. We can now safely say that his racism is the overriding policy consideration for his regime. He will sacrifice anything to further it. As I wrote a few weeks back, this is redolent of the Nazis continuing to use precious rail stock to transport Jews to the death camps even as the Allies were rolling back their armies. He may realize that he doesn’t have much time left, so he’s going full bore on what really animates him.
And business may just be abandoning him. According to CNBC, the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have had enough and are mulling legal challenges to the latest tariffs. They received a windfall from Trump’s tax scam, but will see it all blow away as he lurches from one trade fight to another.
There is no strategy to Trump’s actions. They are animated solely by hubris and resentment. This is why he’s so solicitous of North Korean monster Kim Jong Un. He wishes he had Kim’s total mastery over this country. He feels he’s a world-historical figure who should be able to rule with absolute power. He can’t, and he never will, and it eats at him. So he lashes out and tries to cause as much damage as he can in blind rage.
Mexico can no more stop migrants than can the US. As always, when he fails at something, he casts about for blame, and Mexico is a convenient scapegoat. Like a moronic Samson, Trump would rather pull down the temple than work as anything approaching a normal politician. He doesn’t care how much damage he causes. Truth be told, he most likely has no idea that he is causing damage. His sycophants merely whisper honeyed words extolling his genius.
All of our prices will be going up because Moron Hitler is a failure in his signature policy, which is stemming the brown horde. And his voters, who will be hurt the most, continue to support him. This is our timeline.
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