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Trump is taking a huge gamble on the wall

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President Trump’s announcement on Thursday that he will likely declare a national emergency to get the money to build his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is a huge gamble. It will surely delight his base, but risks reinforcing negative views of him among the voters he needs to win reelection.

Immigration control and the border wall are clearly crucial interests to millions of Republicans. Those people will also probably be delighted that the president will act to push their views forward even if it stands on dubious legal ground. According to the 2017 American Values Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), 55 percent of Republicans agree that “we need a leader who is willing to break some rules if that is what is needed to set things right.” That total rises to 66 percent among Republicans who have always backed Trump.

The trouble is that group is nowhere near large........

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