VideoCast: Trump & Supreme Court; Election Game with Detained Immigrant Children

Donald Trump returns to White House from a golf trip to New Jersey, July 1, 2018

I spoke with George Howell of CNN International on Monday morning about 1) Donald Trump and the Supreme Court and 2) the Trump camp’s election game with detained immigrant children.

On the nomination of a Supreme Court justice:

Trump doesn’t have to ask a potential choice about Roe v. Wade [on abortion rights]. He doesn’t have to ask about LGBT rights. The people on the White House shortlist all have a judicial record that they may overturn Roe v. Wade, that they may restrict LGBT rights.

On the immigration tactics:

The children have been separated from their parents not just to deter other people crossing the border but to say to Trump’s perceived voting base, “Look how tough we are” with the insistence on “zero tolerance”, including setting aside the legal process.

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Scott,

    Trump is benefiting from the immigrant crisis. Sure, his no tolerance policy backfired, BUT, Americans had no idea that so many thousands of illegals from South America are entering the country each month. Because it’s been on the news 24/7, now they know. Americans had no idea had bad it is. Now, more Americans support Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigrants.

    • “Many thousands of illegals from South America are entering the country each month”

      Provide evidence.


        It’s thousands, and growing. Americans didn’t know it’s this bad. Because this has been exposed, he’s actually gained support from independents. Furthermore, we’ve now learned that the majority of them are unaccompanied minors. Sure they’re in the holding camps, but there’s no place for them to go.

        Even after he signed an order to end it, the media is still bashing him. This is bringing independents closer to Trump.

        Trump ran on building a wall and fixing the illegal immigrant issue. Independents now see what he’s been saying is justified.

        • That graph does not refer to “illegal” immigrants. It refers to border crossings.

          Before posting again, please understand the difference — as all Americans should.

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