Change the Past, Keep Selling the Future

Kirk Semple – The New York Times:

“The border is soft and weak, drugs are pouring in, and I’m not going to let that happen.”

“We’re going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “We’re no longer going to be the country that doesn’t know what it is doing.”

Mr. Trump said: “I have great respect for the Mexico. I love the Mexican people.”

But “as you know,” he added, Mexico “has outnegotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders.”

“They’ve made us look foolish,” he said.

Mr. Trump, playing the victim. This is a new face for him.

But you see what he’s doing now, right? Playing revisionist with the past, claiming that Mexico “outnegotiated us and beat us to a pulp,” apparently through a NAFTA treaty our government negotiated, campaigned for, signed, and ratified in the US Congress.

By falsely making the United States the victim of Mexico, Mr. Trump softens up opposition to the wall here in the US while simultaneously depicting Mexico as having an unfair advantage, weakening their standing as they make Americans “look foolish.”

As for the future, he makes a passing reference to the “soft” border, keeping alive in people’s minds his promise to complete a border wall between the two nations.

Refute the lie, listen to what he says about the future.

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