House rebels (Freedom Caucus, such as Jim Jordon and Mark Meadows) and his far-right wing supporters – Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Breitbart and Drudge – began criticizing Trump and Republicans and advocating a veto and holiday shutdown. They completely captured Trump and the White House and there may well be a shutdown into the new year.
The reality of the politics is that the wall is good for a segment of Trump’s base, but not much else and has considerable downsides. Most Republican leadership believe the wall is a presidential promise devoid of much real benefit for U.S.-Mexico border security and doesn’t have the support of the public. And, under no condition is an extra $3.4 billion for a construction project worth shutting down the U.S. government over the holidays. But, of course, arguing for the hardliners is that next year the House, under Democratic control, will be even less hospital to President Trump’s wall. The latest polls show:
- Building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico should not be a priority at all – 50%, or should be an immediate priority – 28% (NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, N1075, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2018)
- Oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico – 57% (CNN, N1015, Dec. 6-9, 2018)
- President Trump should compromise on the border wall to prevent gridlock – 57% (NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, N1075, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2018)