After blathering on for a few days that, by golly, he was going to get the citizenship question on the census form somehow despite the US Supreme Court ruling that he could not, and that he would announce the method today, he said that he was giving up on the effort and the forms would be printed without asking the question. To save face, he said that he would get the information by other means.
I expected this reversal because I have now got a little sense of Trump’s weird mind. He hates to be defied or lose and when it does happen, he will bluster and bluster that he will win somehow until there is a moment when there is some other news to take attention away so that he can concede a loss and media does not focus exclusively on his failure.
The tell that this capitulation by him was going to happen was his announcement earlier today that immigration authorities would begin a sweeping round up of all undocumented immigrants on Sunday prior to deporting them
There was no need to announce this. In fact, there was every reason to not do so because it removes the element of surprise and enables all those who fear being rounded up to take preventive action. The only reason I could think for him doing this was because he had other bad news to reveal and he hoped the media would jump on the round up story so that his bad news would get less play. And so his later announcement was not unexpected. His base that wants undocumented immigrants to suffer would now be able to celebrate news of the round up to compensate for their hero’s capitulation on the citizenship question. He has given them some of the red meat xenophobia they need to chew on so that they won’t turn on him.
And so it goes, with the man-child who is the US president.