Even Democrats cannot stand each other’s intelligence- or the lack of it.
Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, complained Wednesday that the steps being taken by his fellow Democratic lawmakers in the immigration fight with Republicans “makes no sense” since he thinks the GOP will never agree to help Dreamers, even if he and his party mates should agree on funding a border wall.
In a piece he wrote for the Rio Grande Guardian on Wednesday, Vela said: “Without having taken a single step toward resolving the status of DREAMers, it is difficult to believe any Democrat would be willing to give President Trump a nickel to fund his ‘big beautiful wall.’”
Vela added: “Surprisingly, three of my colleagues in Congress chose to reward Trump’s insurgencies and inaction-with respect to DREAMers - with support for the president’s proposed border wall.”
He specified Democrats he finds lacking in “sense” in their approach to the issues in contention with Trump and the GOP. Vela noted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agreed to help Trump fund the wall in return for helping Dreamers. Vela also singled out Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-III., for saying he would start building the wall himself in exchange for a deal to help Dreamers.
In his piece, Vela expressed his displeasure and disagreement with his fellow Democrats’ chosen strategies in dealing with the matter. He wrote: “I am confounded by the negotiating tactics of my fellow Democrats. Beyond the stupidity of offering unmatched concessions and negotiating against themselves, my colleagues have begun to refer to the border wall in the same way Trump’s base speak about DREAMers and undocumented people.”
Not content with the said criticisms, Vela also hit his Democratic colleagues for their “fundamental lack of thought, logic, and empathy.”
Vela’s beef with his fellow Democrats is just one of several apparent infightings and disagreements among Democrats especially on how Democratic leaders handled the shutdown battle with Republicans.Many of the most liberal Democrats, on the other hand, whined that Schumer didn’t do enough to guarantee help for Dreamers, and gave in to pressure in the shutdown battle in return “for very little from Republicans.”
Just like during their losing presidential campaign in 2016, it seems that the Democrats can’t still put their acts together.