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President Trump is heading to Texas on Tuesday in a final effort to show one of his signature problems – the border wall – as Democratic lawmakers appear ready to impeach for the second time.
He has only a week to go, but angry lawmakers are calling for him to resign after a tumultuous mob stormed the Capitol last Wednesday when an internal session of Congress gathered inside to certify the election results.
During a visit to the Alamo, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley, Trump plans to note that a 400-mile border wall was erected during his rule, a White House spokesman said.
This will be Trump’s first public appearance – other than video statements – since Wednesday morning, when he called on his supporters to head to the Capitol until Congress officially announces the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Political analysts say this is an obvious attempt to try to restore his image when his legacy is at stake.
“Every president is trying to incinerate his legacy by emphasizing the success of recent days,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who worked on Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign. “Trump’s problem among many is that this trip will be completely overshadowed by last week’s consequences. “
Trump has campaigned with promises to take action against immigration. The clearest example of this was his promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” on the US-Mexico border – a major problem for his base.
Most mass Republicans would prefer if Trump simply disappeared quietly, said Sean Walsh, a Republican strategist who worked at the White Houses of Reagan and George W. Bush.
But Walsh said this trip made it clear that Trump had no plans to do so. And Walsh is worried that Trump could actually make things worse by choosing such a hotkey issue.
“I could see if he softened his remarks by stirring up some activists,” Walsh said. “So I think we need to keep our eyes and ears very careful on President Trump.”
A recent study by Quinipiac University, conducted after the attack, found that Trump’s approval for work had fallen by 11 points since December, to 33 percent, the lowest since August 2017.
Conant said the political response to the Capitol uprising was probably too great for Trump to overcome. He said the president’s refusal to recognize the election and his willingness to support conspiracy theories, but assured that he would be remembered for the bitter end of his tenure in government instead of his political achievements, such as tax cuts and appointments. three judges of the Supreme Court
“I think until Donald Trump recognizes the election properly and recognizes Joe Biden as president-elect, he won’t be able to talk about anything else,” Conant said. “And his legacy loses strength by the hour.”