On Tuesday, President Donald Trump went to Texas to try and show off one of the election promises he is well known for, the border wall. He did so as legislators try to push forward with his second impeachment.
Trump has less than a week left in office. However, furious lawmakers still call on him to vacate his position. This came after a mob made up of his supporters rioted through the Capitol building last week. The storming of the building happened while a joint session of Congress was ongoing. On that day, Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
During his visit to the Alamo, Trump was expected to point out that 400 miles of the controversial wall were made during his administration, as per a White House spokesman.
This visit is the president’s first actual public appearance since Wednesday morning. He was last seen publicly when he appeared during a rally in front of his supporters. In the said rally, he urged his supporters to march to Capitol as Congress tried to certify the election results.
Many political analysts say that this is his attempt to save his image since his legacy is in question.
Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, said: “Every president tries to burnish his legacy by highlighting perceived successes in the final days. … Trump’s problem among many is that that this trip will be completely overshadowed by the fallout from last week.”
During his campaign, Trump promised a crackdown on immigration. His most notable example of doing so involved building a “big, beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border.
A lot of his mainstream Republican part allies would reportedly prefer if Trump just silently faded away, as per another strategist, Sean Walsh.
Trump Not Walking Away Silently
However, Walsh pointed out that Trump visiting the border wall just shows that the president is not planning on doing that. The political strategist is also concerned about Trump making things worse by making such a controversial action.
Regarding the issue, Walsh said: “I could see if he did not temper his remarks, whipping some activists up. So I think we have to keep our eyes and ears very closely peeled on President Trump.”
Trump’s job approval has dropped down by 11 points since December, according to a recent Quinnipiac University survey. It fell to 33%, which is his lowest since August 2017.
Conant also pointed out that the backlash from last week’s Capitol incident might be too big for the president to overcome. According to Conant, Trump’s refusal to concede and his continued use of conspiracy theories was enough to make sure that he will be remembered for these events at the end of his administration. Conant mentioned that these may overshadow Trump’s policy accomplishments, including tax cuts and the appointment of three Supreme Court judges.
Conant said: “I think until Donald Trump properly concedes the election and recognizes Joe Biden as the president-elect, he’s not going to be able to talk about anything else. … And his legacy is losing potency by the hour.”