The loudest supporters of President Trump are unleashing their fury on the White House amid news that 45 struck a deal with top Democrats in Congress to save DACA.
Following the administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program –which was put in place by former President Barack Obama to keep the children of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as long as they have a clean criminal record and keep a job, enroll in school, or serve in the military — would be coming to an end without action from Congress, President Trump faced intense backlash. The pushback from activists, elected officials, and pundits was so severe that within 12 hours of the initial announcement, the president said he would “revisit” his decision to end DACA if Congress failed to take action.
Just a week later, Trump relented on the DACA decision and reached a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to keep the program in place. While Republicans insisted that DACA should only be kept if Democrats agree to fund Trump’s proposed new wall on the Mexican border, the DACA deal doesn’t include any funding for what was one of President Trump’s chief campaign promises. The President also hinted that he would sign the bipartisan DREAM Act if it reached his desk.
As if on cue, right-wing site Breitbart — headed by recently ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon — ran a slew of stories derisively referring to the president as “Amnesty Don.” A screenshot taken early Thursday morning shows that six of the top eight stories on the site’s front page are criticisms of Trump for caving on both DACA and border wall funding:
Several of Trump’s loudest supporters on Twitter are also not shying away from their condemnation of the president. U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who once tweeted and refused to apologize for a white supremacist remark, lamented that Trump’s base was “blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair.” Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich voiced his displeasure by retweeting right-wing celebrities and public figures blasting President Trump for his decision. Alt-right Twitter pundit Jack Posobiec — a Navy officer whose security clearance has been suspended — simply tweeted a gif of the Republican National Convention chanting “build that wall,” adding “#NeverForget” to the image.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 14, 2017
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 14, 2017
If he does not build the wall, he simply will not get reelected. If he does build it, he will win 2020 by a landslide. It is that simple. https://t.co/HWVKC8MFtu
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 14, 2017
However, moderators for the subreddit The_Donald, which is perhaps the most devout online following President Trump has, is taking great steps to mask their disappointment with the man they refer to as “God Emperor” in their forum. Reddit user 2020204 posted a screed describing their frustration with the DACA decision, likening the president’s deal to a betrayal of his base and his core campaign promises and fearing that Democrats would make big gains in 2018 and defeat 45 in 2020. (The post was removed within ten minutes, but not before we obtained a screenshot.)
“Honestly, everything else would be negotiable but no amnesty, building the wall, and e verify was what got the President elected,” 20202024 wrote. “I’m genuinely worried that  will lose his base.”
“[I]f nothing gets passed or done, doesn’t matter who you blame, turnout will suffer which will jeopardize future elections,” the Redditor continued.
Through White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump vowed to continue fighting for funding for the border wall. While Sanders cast doubt on reports that Trump caved on wall funding, Matt House, who is communications director for Sen. Schumer, confirmed that the president left wall funding out of the DACA deal.
Jordan Shaw is a New Jersey-based writer and commentator specializing in national and state government issues. When he’s not writing, you can find him volunteering in Camden, New Jersey, or hiking the Wissahickon Valley Park.