Op-Ed: In a Sense Trump Is Still Living at the White House, Just in Biden's Head

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Donald Trump might be down at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach Florida golfing and relaxing since his daily duties as President ended back in January. In a way, though, he is still living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House compound in Washington D.C. — just in the rapidly emptying mind of Joe Biden. POTUS 46 never had a lot up there, to begin with, but now there is a ton more space since he was a Senator back in the day 120 years ago.

Why do I say this? Cranky Joe Biden revealed this yesterday. The Hill

President Biden on Sunday brushed off the possibility of former President Trump making a trip to the southern border to highlight a surge in migrants.

“We are putting in place a plan that I feel very confident about, and I don’t care what the other guy does,” Biden told reporters as he departed Delaware to return to Washington, D.C.

Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday that he may visit the border “over the next few weeks,” claiming members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol want to see the former president make an appearance.

Now, of course, the key part of this statement is when Joe Biden with his inner GET OFF MY LAWN voice said “I don’t care what the other guy does” which means he cares immensely what the other guy does. A whole bunch.

Biden, contrary to what his memory and his advisors will tell him and you, on the very first day in office, suspended the successful ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy that was allowing those seeking asylum to apply while waiting in Mexico. This policy helped reduce the crush of people entering the United States and kept us from experiencing the disaster that we are now going through in the southern part of the United States. Here is what the Texas Tribune reported back on Jan 20th of this year:

The Department of Homeland Security announced two significant immigration policy changes late Wednesday that include a 100-day pause on deportations for some undocumented immigrants. The department also announced that asylum seekers who attempt to enter the United States will no longer be part of a controversial policy enacted under former President Donald Trump that has forced tens of thousands to wait in Mexico for American court hearings.

The deportation moratorium and changes to the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “remain in Mexico,” come on President Joe Biden’s first day in office. He also signed executive orders rolling back additional Trump-era immigration policies.

The pause in deportations, which begins Friday, is part of a review and reset of enforcement policies within Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies as the Biden administration “develops its final priorities,” according to a DHS statement.

Now, of course, we know that Joe is having a bit more stress put on him now that even the White House press corps is starting to press him on the crisis at the border, even though they are still in the bag for him. The press conference that Biden had last Thursday was both amusing and pitiful as he tried to wing his way through an important matter that he had screwed up.

Well, whoever is whispering in Joe’s ear these days anyway screwed up.

Biden signed an Executive Order on his first day in office pausing the Trump policy and then just this last week he indicated he would bring back the Trump initiative while skipping across the South Lawn of the White House. I touched on that right here. With Crisis at the Border Did Biden Just Endorse the Trump Era Remain in Mexico Policy?

President Joe Biden said Sunday his administration is in the process of re-establishing an immigration policy that existed under former President Donald Trump’s administration.

“Why do you think the message to the migrants, telling them to stay home, don’t come now, why do you think that hasn’t resonated yet? What more can be done sir?” the reporter asked.

“A lot more. We’re in the process of doing it now, including making sure that we re-establish what existed before, which was they can stay in place and make their case from their home countries,” Biden responded.

Well geez, Joe, that means you could have just not signed the E.O. on your first day in office and we would not have the crush of problems that we have right now. Your wink and nod approach to immigrants waiting for you to yell START YOUR ENGINES after you were sworn in has now resulted in this mess. If you think I’m being harsh just look at what the mindset of the person he put in charge of this mess was back in 2019.

Yeah, that will help.

Problem is that Joe is haunted by Donald Trump and what he did in his four years in the White House that actually improved the lives of regular Americans. You know the very ones that Scranton Joe said he was always fighting to represent in the Seate while he became a millionaire while serving the public.

Honorably, I’m sure.

As Trump begins to pressure the Biden administration on the border crisis and a host of other issues, Biden will begin to have more of these mini slips and meltdowns. We will hear more CMON MAN and the flashing of his famous John McCain-like anger where he will dismiss people more together than he. He will continue to gaffe even more than he already has (which I covered right here Time to Act: Joe Biden Is Not Slipping; He Has Already Slipped, and YOU Need to Get Involved) and Trump will loom larger than he does now in Joe’s noggin.

Joe Biden might try to dismiss his predecessor by saying “I don’t care what the other guy does,” but his actions and confusion tell a different tale. I would imagine it is only a matter of time before Joe starts roaming the halls of the Executive Mansion at night muttering to himself about the imaginary M.A.G.A. hats he sees floating throughout the rooms.

Donald Trump might no longer live in D.C. but it will become clear soon enough that Joe Biden is scared of the ghost of M.A.G.A. past and what is ahead for him in the future.