Just after wishing everyone a happy Easter on Sunday morning, President Trump sent three tweets that were decidedly not in the Christian spirit.
In a span of 35 minutes, he threatened to blow up NAFTA and walk away from a (nonexistent) deal on DACA, while revealing his profound lack of knowledge about the policy, which his own administration is attempting to end.
Even before President Trump attempted to terminate DACA last year — multiple judges have blocked his move from taking effect, which has lessened the urgency to find a legislative solution — the program only applied to immigrants who had entered the country by 2007, so his contention that current immigrants are attempting to take advantage of the program makes no sense.
The New York Times reports that Trump’s tweets were inspired by a Fox and Friends segment in which Tomi Lahren and the gang discussed a group of Central American immigrants, mostly from Honduras, who are making their way through Mexico to the U.S. border in the slim hope of being granted political asylum.
Before an Easter service in Palm Beach, Trump was questioned by a reporter about his tweets, and he wasn’t any more eloquent in person. He repeated his easily disprovable claim that “a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA.” He also blamed Democrats for dropping the ball on a DACA deal. In reality, they have offered Trump several deals to end crisis he created, all of which he has turned down.
Happy Easter indeed.