February 25, 2024

Biden poised for course-correction on border in light of electoral realities

Given his increasingly unfavorable electoral prospects, President Joe Biden is effectively being forced to reverse his longstanding approach to the southern border and call for what many believe are Trump-esque measures to stop the bleeding with voters, as Breitbart reports.

According to the outlet, the reality of the situation was explained by MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart and others during a recent appearance on PBS NewsHour, underscoring the difficult dilemma the president faces.

Biden's about-face

Amid reports that Biden is currently considering executive action – including new restrictions on asylum claims – to stem the tide of migrants arriving at the southern border, panelists on Friday's installment of the aforementioned news program articulated the vexing scenario for the White House.

Capehart suggested that Biden finds himself in the unenviable position of having the blur distinctions between himself and former President Donald Trump on the border crisis, adding, “what I also think he has going for him is, he gets to say, the Republicans made me do this.”

David Brooks of the New York Times weighed in on Biden's calculus as well, saying, “On this issue, Joe Biden does not want to draw a bright line. The country is with Donald Trump.”

“If you ask who do you approve on different issues? On general competency, Trump is up by like 12 points. On who can handle the economy better, Trump is up by 25. On immigration he's up by 39 points,” Brooks went on. “And so, this is an issue where you want to fudge that line.”

Asked whether Biden runs a real risk of alienating members of the Democratic Party base who sent him to the Whtie House in 2020, Capehart answered in the affirmative, but he suggested that Republican resistance to Senate-backed legislative measures to address immigration may give him at least something of an out.

AOC lashes out

Though political realists may be able to acknowledge that Biden has little choice but to respond to voter concerns about the border if he has any chance of winning in November, far-left ideologues such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) remain outraged by the very idea of moderation, as Fox News reports.

In a recent social media rant, AOC unfavorably compared Biden to Trump, whose hardline stance of immigration ran afoul of the New York liberal and her progressive “Squad.”

“Doing Trump impressions isn't how we beat Trump,” she wrote.

The congresswoman went on, “Seeking asylum is a legal right of all people. In the face of authoritarian threat, we should not buckle on our principles – we should commit to them.”

Though Biden clearly harbors hope that executive actions may convince voters that he is closely aligned with their views on this most contentious issue, his prior repeated insistence that he lacks the power to act on his own to address the border crisis may come back to haunt him and expose any such move as the craven political manipulation that it truly is.

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