Nearly 60 percent of the American people oppose the border wall President Donald Trump promised voters that Mexico would pay to build during the 2016 campaign.
Trump is seeking to change that Tuesday night, as he delivers a primetime address from the Oval Office where he will reportedly try to argue that the wall is needed to stop a "crisis."
A CNN panel discussed the chances of Trump changing the narrative on Tuesday, concluding that the address was a "risky" decision that was unlikely to pay off.
"Is there any reason to believe that the president can now get more from the Democrats than he ever asked for in the two years his party was in control of Congress?" asked CNN host John King. "He lost an election and now he's demanding more and saying, 'It's your fault.'"
"This might be all about putting up a fight for the sake of the people who are watching, which are his base and his conservative allies out in conservative media," said CNN's White House correspondent Abby Philip. "Is the point tonight to convince the American people or is it to convince his supporters he's fighting hard for this thing that was the central premises in his 2016 campaign. It's not likely that Democrats will give him a huge, huge win—both symbolically and practically on this wall."
Philip also blew up the argument that Jared Kushner is reportedly making to Republicans in Congress, which is that approval for Trump's wall will increase after his address and a planned visit to the border.
"Even though the White House does claim that they believe the president's case will improve the polling for the wall, there's no reason to believe that's true," she said. "It's been two and a half years. If the president hasn't been able to convince the public up until this point, it's hard to see that an address tonight will do the trick."
Daily Beast reporter Jackie Kucinich said that we've "already seen the results of this messaging," and that Trump's brand of fear-mongering doesn't work.
"It's two years in—it's also three months after an election whgere voters resoundingly rejected the president's narrative on immigration," said Kucinich. "That's why he's fighting the Democratic House right now. Because the picture that he painted, of the bleak immigration system, over and over again, in all of those rallies, it didn't get him anything. In fact, it probably helped a lot of Republicans in these marginal districts lose."
Watch the segment below.