Taylor told PBS that his establishment GOP faction can win elections by discarding Trump’s social-conservative and populist agenda in favor of “a more inclusive society”:
I’m going to be doing everything that I can after this president loses reelection to make sure that we rebuild the party, rebuild the [GOP} platform, expand the tent, and show that we’re for empowering Americans, and a more inclusive society, and a very strong America going into this century.
Taylor and his establishment allies are trying to reopen their supply of new consumers by first distracting the public with the chaotic diversity that is
largely caused by prior waves of cheap-labor migration.
The federal government should recognize “outrage with police brutality and frustration with the racism and injustice Black and other communities of color face in our country …. [and] be allies in the work to heal the wounds of racism, injustice, and oppression,” said a June 15
statement by Taylor and like-minded former government officials.
Similar don’t-mention-migration strategies are being pushed by other pro-migration groups, including the
American Civil Liberties Union, FWD.us, and a business-funded D.C. think-tank.
Trump’s determination to block blue-collar migration is a good sign for the current fight over white-collar migration, said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers.
The determination could help Trump fill his 2016 campaign promises, especially if he is aided by the activism of white-collar workers and professionals, Lynn aid.
So far, Trump has set curbs on the inflow of H-1B workers, ordered a rewrite of the visa-worker regulations, and saved 200 jobs that were being outsourced by the Tennessee Valley Authority, he said. “The [outsourcing] contracts for consulting firms at the TVA are being canceled… That’s a very positive step,” he said. “I have to believe that given the actions with the TVA, that the President is sincere.”
But, he added, Congress and
the agencies are fighting Trump’s curbs on white-collar migration. “He would have been better served to have appointed non-swamp creatures [to agency jobs] … He needs to make sure, from his cabinet on down, that his appointees do not work to undo the campaign promises he is attempting to keep,” Lynn said.
Taylor’s like-minded allies are being pushed out of the administration, Taylor suggested in an August 19
A lot of people went into this Donald Trump presidency thinking that the President’s misguided impulses could be ameliorated. We were proven decisively wrong. The President’s worst impulses can’t be ameliorated. And I think what you did see was a lot of people resigned from the administration because of that.
The establishment is trying to block Trump’s popular policies by diverting public and media attention from jobs and wages towards riots, diversity, and claimed racism, Lynn said.
“When these guys are talking identity politics and racism, it is the most cynical of strategies, because they know the kind of [civic] solidary that needed for employees to come to come together and fight the corporatocracy is undermined by identity politics,” he said.
As he appears in the media, Taylor repeatedly reveals the establishment’s anger at Trump’s on-again, off-again determination to overcome the establishment demand for more blue-collar migration. He wrote in the
One day in February 2019, when congressional leaders were waiting for an answer from the White House on a pending deal
to avoid a second government shutdown, the president demanded a DHS phone briefing to discuss the color of the wall. He was particularly interested in the merits of using spray paint and how the steel structure should be coated. Episodes like this occurred almost weekly.
The decision-making process was itself broken: Trump would abruptly endorse policy proposals with little or no consideration, by him or his advisers, of possible knock-on effects. That was the case in 2018 when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions
announced, at the White House’s urging, a “zero tolerance” policy to prosecute anyone who crossed the border illegally. The agencies involved were unprepared to implement the policy, causing a disastrous backlog of detentions that ultimately left migrant parents and their children separated.
Incredibly, after this ill-conceived operation was rightly halted, in the following months the president repeatedly exhorted DHS officials to restart it and to implement a more deliberate policy of pulling migrant families apart en masse, so that adults would be deterred from coming to the border for fear of losing their children. The president was visibly furious on multiple occasions when my boss, then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, refused.
Still, Trump persisted: Migrant numbers went down and blue-collar wages went up.