Donald Trump, who speaks primarily in soundbites or non-sequiturs, has recently attached himself to a new catchphrase about immigration: the United States is “full.” “We can’t take you anymore. We can’t take you. Our country is full,” he said earlier this month while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border. He repeated the phrase again while speaking before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas that same weekend telling the audience: “Our system’s full; our country’s full. You can’t come in. Our country is full. What can we do? We can’t handle any more. Our country’s full. You can’t come in, I’m sorry.” The Democratic response was surprisingly muted, with the strongest condemnations coming from newer and lower-profile members of the House. Representative Pramila Jayapal described it as a “ridiculous statement.” Representative David Cicilline wrote that the president’s remarks “more than anything else he’s ever said, are how [Trump’s] terrible presidency will be remembered by history.” Advertisement These kinds of quick statements are by now familiar: Since the start of Trump’s campaign in 2015, the Democratic Party has been quick to define itself in opposition to his rhetoric and policies, particularly when it comes to immigration. Leadership has broadly denounced his attacks on sanctuary cities,… Read full this story
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