What’s the best way for the cops to make their war on bikers look reasonable? Follow up ticketing a man for riding on a sidewalk (for a few feet) as he approaches his friends’ house by arresting the onlooker who cracked a joke about it. See, that way everything else seems sensible by comparison. Friendly quips like, “You a grown man; you know that’s against the law”? Them’s fighting words to the NYPD.
It was inevitable that Trump would refuse to be stymied by Congress, and that he would take a victory lap regardless of what happened in the real world. In that context, his border-wall machinations are only partially about appeasing conservative pundits or his political base; for the most part, they’re about appeasing his sense of himself. He’s been doing this sort of thing his entire life: Spinning victory yarns from incontrovertible losses was a hallmark of his troubled business career.