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The question of the hour

I just came across a Facebook post which asks a fascinating (if obvious) question. I'd like to propose an answer to that question.

The question is this: Having had control of both houses of Congress for two years, and thus being able to get his border wall funded pretty much at will, why did President Trump wait until now, when the Democrats have control of the House and he's not going to get what he wants, to ask for it- in fact, to shut down the government until he gets it (which he won't)?

The answer, I think, is both clear and interesting. I believe that getting the border wall funded is the last thing President Trump wants. If the wall was built, it would have no appreciable effect on illegal immigration, and I think he knows it. It would cost a lot of money to very little effect, would be a colossal flop, and would make him look ridiculous.

And being made to look ridiculous is one thing a narcissist cannot abide.

The wall was never going to be built, and I think Mr. …

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