WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein
His base may be shrinking. But at least he’s talking to it – and, increasingly, not talking to others. President Trump’s base is not ideological as much as it’s personal. That’s why, in this world, it might make sense to bash Congress for being too tough on Russia, to have a top aide get into an argument about “cosmopolitan bias” and the meaning of the Statue of Liberty, and to mislead the press and public about phone calls that never actually appear to have taken place. True Trump loyalists couldn’t care less, and might like the show. Beyond that noise, the president is arming himself with some new policy talking points in advance of his next campaign rally tonight, even though talking about them is about all he’s likely to be able to do. Trump and his administration are calling for action against legal and illegal immigration, previewing movement against affirmative action, and positioning the president against Congress, starting with Obamacare. It’s all calculated to align the president with conservatives and an activist base that feels listened to and championed in the Trump era. In other words, this Trumpism is trying to take over conservatism.
IMMIGRATION: WHAT DO THE POLLS SAY?
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller claimed common sense and polling were on his side to argue that the current level of immigration clearly hurts American workers. On that point, several leading economists – from…