Less than a week ago, political pundits, mainstream media and the Washington elite were debating the size of what they were certain would be Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory on Tuesday.

Would it be record-breaking? Some speculated that Clinton might actually beat Ronald Reagan’s electoral college tally of 525 votes to Democrat Walter Mondale’s 13 in the historic 1984 election – going so far as to predict a 538 to 0 rout.

The champagne was chilling and the Javits Center in New York was ready – chosen with heavy-handed symbolism to represent the so-called glass ceiling Mrs. Clinton would “shatter” as she became the first woman president in U.S. history.

A fireworks display over the Hudson had been arranged to deploy at the exact moment Clinton surpassed the necessary 270 votes needed to win.

Newsweek Magazine had sent its cover story to the printers: MADAM PRESIDENT emblazoned above Mrs. Clinton’s head like a tiara.

Within hours, the throngs of faithful had been sent away, not by the candidate herself, not by her husband the former president whose astute political sense had been laughed off during the campaign, not even by the couple’s daughter. Instead, Clinton, Inc. dispatched possibly the most unsympathetic and cynical political insider to crawl through D.C. – John Podesta.

The champagne was restocked. The fireworks were cancelled. Supporters sobbed in disbelief. Newsweek dumped125,000 collectible “commemorative” cover stories on ebay.

Longtime Clinton confidante and aide Huma Abedin was photographed weeping openly on the streets of Manhattan.

Now, just days after Donald Trump won his improbable victory, as various elements of the Democrat party riot in cities and campuses across the nation and foreign leaders express cautious optimism about dealing with a new administration, the president-elect is making it known that he will be making good on campaign promises, including the most controversial of them.

Trump surged to the forefront of the 17 Republicans who vied for the nomination by openly taking on the issue of illegal immigration – including the courage to call it by name.

His promise to “Build a Wall” at the southern border resonated with voters, including, unexpectedly, Latinos who had come to the United States legally and resented those who crossed the border illegally.

So, it’s not surprising that Trump addressed how he would set about to build the wall in his first in-depth interview as president-elect on CBS’s Sunday evening program, “60 Minutes” with interviewer Leslie Stahl.

Trump said he will initially target those illegal immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates may be as many as two to three million currently in the U.S.

That’s a stark contrast to the fewer than 200,000 illegals with criminal convictions deported in 2014 during the Obama administration.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said.

The U.S. Border Patrol Agents’ union of nearly 16,500 members endorsed Trump over Clinton, as did the 5,000 members of National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council – men and women who know something about the porous border and the non-enforcement of immigration laws.

 

 

 

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