The latest “scam” that President Donald Trump is perpetuating might be his most ridiculous, according to The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.
What’s the new scam? Trump has recently claimed that his administration was sending undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities.
“Now we’re sending many of them to sanctuary cities, thank you very much,” he told a crowd at a Wisconsin rally. “They ain’t too happy about it. I’m proud to tell you that was actually my sick idea.”
The president has also claimed that he tried to send migrants to sanctuary cities — but the cities rejected them.
But, as Sargent points out, there is no evidence that any of this is actually happening.
“Right now, Trump isn’t just claiming migrants are being dumped into sanctuary cities, when they aren’t. This lie also supports a second lie, which is that those cities are rejecting them, when they aren’t,” he explained.
“This second idea is supposed to confirm that Trump is right: Yes, asylum seekers getting released into the interior is so horrible that even those hypocritical liberal elitists don’t want them around. But it’s all based on nonsense. All of it.”
The columnist called Trump’s tactics “bread-and-circuses cruelty” — in other words, Trump tells his “voters that he’s undertaking some sort of cruel action that he isn’t actually taking, simply because he believes they’ll thrill to his claim that he is.”
Even if the Trump did follow through with his plan, experts think it would be a logistical nightmare — and would help immigrants stay in the United States.
“It’s illogical,” Angela Chan, a senior attorney with the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus, told the Associated Press. “It’s just alarming that they are spending so much effort and so much time to engage in political theater.”