The Ross Report for Tuesday, February 7: Senator Mike Lee!; Trump is facing a serious problem; the most misunderstood Super Bowl ad

Unbelievable. We just bought a sweet new SUV for my wife from Mercedes-Benz of Littleton (I HIGHLY recommend the place). Got it last Tuesday. Yesterday afternoon, after having the car for less than a week, as my wife was driving home some guy rear-ended her. Nobody was hurt and the airbags didn't deploy, but it's going to need some body work. Long story short, the cops led the guy away in handcuffs after he failed a field sobriety test. I'm only glad that there was a fair bit of traffic at the time so the drunk driver wasn't going very fast. 

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I'm very pleased that Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) will join the show at 9 AM to talk about the court proceedings against Donald Trump's executive order on travel restrictions from Muslim countries, as well as to discuss Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and more.

This Super Bowl ad from Lumber 84, a very large privately-held company, sure does appear to be in support of illegal immigration and against Donald Trump's "great wall." A lot of folks were furious about the ad, including some of my listeners. (Only a 90-second version of this played during the game as Fox and the NFL said the longer version was too controversial for them to approve.)

However, the owner of the company says those reactions misunderstand the ad. She says she's a Trump supporter and views the wall as a positive. Frankly, while I take her at her word, the more negative reaction from Trump supporters strikes me as quite reasonable from just watching this rather long "story."

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The Ross Report:

Donald Trump is now president of the United States, but he’s acting as if he’s playing the same game he was playing in October rather than the very different game he’s actually in now. Now, while he still wants to, and should, honor as many campaign promises as he reasonably can to reward the confidence of those who supported him, his target audience for his messaging now includes Congress, every foreign leader on Earth, and that subset of voters who supported him without great conviction. It also includes every business which will be impacted by his policies and, by extension, many millions of their employees and customers.

That’s why, although I believe Donald Trump is on solid legal footing with his executive order, currently stayed by a court, which imposes a temporary travel restriction from seven Muslim countries, it’s VERY important that nearly 130 American technology companies, including some of the most important companies in the world, are siding with the states that are challenging Trump’s order.

It’s not just that the CEOs of Microsoft and Netflix and Tesla and Dropbox and Uber are coming out against Trump. And it doesn’t matter that, in my opinion, their arguments about the importance of immigration to the American economy are correct but irrelevant. What matters is that these companies have millions, actually billions, of customers across the nation and across the world.

What matters is that these companies can influence voters in a way that will not only hurt Donald Trump later but will scare Congressional Republicans now, and cause them to be less likely to work with President Trump to achieve his goals. We can debate whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but you can be darned sure what it would be from Donald Trump’s perspective.

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Do you think even some Democrats might agree with this thought experiment?

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/156850873521/a-thought-experiment-about-republicans


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