In a strange turn of events, the Democratic National Committee is now attacking President Donald Trump for not building the border wall fast enough.
In a Tuesday press released titled “Trump’s Empty Promises On Border Wall,” the DNC wrote: “Trump has failed to deliver on his signature promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it. Trump even admitted in a private conversation with Mexico that his border wall promise was ‘the least important thing.'”
It is fairly early in the Trump administration to expect a completed border wall. Construction of new border walls and replacement fencing is set to begin in 2018. The Trump administration appears unlikely to build a wall from sea-to-sea like Trump proposed on the campaign trail.
Indeed during a leaked transcript of call between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump said, “But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall. I am just going to say that we are working it out. Believe it or not, this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important talk about. But in terms of dollars – or pesos – it is the least important thing.”
The DNC’s email has received critique less so for its content but for the political messaging, attacking an opponent for not accomplishing something Democrats are already against.
Los Angeles Times national correspondent Matt Pearce tweeted, “what are they doing.” And Bill de Blasio’s communications director Mike Casca tweeted, “if your strategy requires you to twist yourself into this big of a pretzel, it might be time for a better strategy.”
The DNC is truly the Cleveland Brown of politics https://t.co/OjlwC2Z1RU
— max (@MaxRappaport) August 22, 2017
Can someone explain the strategy behind this? https://t.co/qquV7W4s9Z
— Dara Lind (@DLind) August 22, 2017
How are they so bad at this? https://t.co/Cq4HablYjH
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) August 22, 2017