Trump’s Latest Ban is…

… on transgenders in the military:

Good. The military is not for liberal social experiments. I wouldn’t be shocked if this were challenged in court, though.

Trump’s Tough Immigration Talk Paying Off

Trump is still a ways off from fulfilling many of his immigration promises. If he doesn’t build that wall—or at least get it started—by November 2020, I doubt he’ll be reelected. I may not even feel inclined to vote for him a second time.

But we’re only five months and some change into Trump’s presidency, and he deserves credit for making steps in the right direction on immigration. His tough talk is dissuading people from crossing the border illegally. Winning!

New York Times:

CHOLOMA, Honduras — His bags were packed, and the smuggler was ready. If all went well, Eswin Josué Fuentes figured he and his 10-year-old daughter would slip into the United States within days.

Then, the night before he planned to leave, he had a phone conversation with a Honduran friend living illegally in New York. Under President Trump, the friend warned, the United States was no longer a place for undocumented migrants.

Shaken, Mr. Fuentes abruptly ditched his plans in May and decided to stay here in Honduras, despite its unrelenting violence and poverty. He even passed up the $12,000 in smuggler fees that his sister in the United States had lined up for the journey.

“I got scared of what’s happening there,” Mr. Fuentes said.

From February through May, the number of undocumented immigrants stopped or caught along the southwest border of the United States fell 60 percent from the same period last year, according to United States Customs and Border Protection — evidence that far fewer migrants are heading north, officials on both sides of the border say.

Inside the United States, the Trump administration has cast a broader enforcement net, including reversing Obama-era rules that put a priority on arresting serious criminals and mostly left other undocumented immigrants alone. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States have soared, with the biggest increase coming among those migrants with no criminal records.

Trump Tweets Himself Body-Slamming CNN

This morning Donald Trump tweeted a doctored clip of himself body-slamming CNN. The original clip comes from a WWE episode where Trump body-slammed Vince McMahon.

The media has predictably gone nuts. CNN’s Chris Cillizza writes that “pro wrestling is the perfect metaphor for Trump’s presidency.” The Washington Post says he is “promoting violence” against CNN.

Trump Wins Travel Ban Fight

Although it’s a modified version, the Supreme Court has decided to reinstate much of Trump’s travel ban.

Reuters:

The Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary bans on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the United States while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight.

The court, which narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked his March 6 executive order, said it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.

The justices granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.

The court said that the travel ban will go into effect “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Winning!

Trump Wins “Referendum”

An important U.S. House election took place in Georgia’s sixth congressional district last night. The liberal media kept referring to it as a “referendum” on Trump’s presidency, and sure enough, Trump passed.

Fox News:

Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday night defeated rival Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s record-spending, special-election congressional race, keeping yet another House seat in GOP hands and denying Democrats a chance to deliver a rebuke to President Trump.

With all precincts reporting, Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, led Ossoff 52 percent to 48 percent — a margin of nearly 11,000 votes out of more than 250,000 ballots cast.

The race smashed fundraising records for a House contest — with both campaigns and outside groups combining to spend a record $50 million.

Ossoff’s defeat was another setback for Democrats hoping to capitalize on Trump’s low approval ratings to win a long-standing Republican seat.

It was the party’s fourth straight defeat this year in attempts to win a Republican seat and take the momentum into the 2018 midterms. They now must win 24 GOP House seats to retake control of the chamber next year.

Whenever the media thinks they have Trump in a corner, he manages to escape every time. He may not win every battle, but he won this one handily.

Two observations: 1) The polls heading into the election were wrong once again and 2) Ossoff spent $30 million and still lost. How many times have we seen this pattern of the Democratic candidate polling too high and the biggest spender ending up losing?

Meanwhile, Democrats are scrambling to figure out why they keep losing over and over again. The theories are numerous: focusing too much on the Russian investigation, being too reactive to Trump, not having a clear vision, losing touch with the average American, etc.

2018 is going to be an interesting election year.