June 27, 2018

President Trump issued an all-caps endorsement of the Republican immigration compromise bill Wednesday morning, marking yet another about-face on the legislation just hours ahead of the planned House vote:

Trump's tweet is a departure from his declaration less than a week ago that "Republicans should stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation:

Trump has gone back and forth on the bill in conversation with lawmakers, too. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told CNN earlier this week that he believes the so-called compromise bill can pass, "but the president needs to lean into this I think. A lot of members of my party want to hear from the president, they want to hear this is something he supports." Another member added: "This only works if Trump's behind us. No use sticking out our necks if the bill's going to fail."

Politico's John Bresnahan observes that "Trump's messaging on House immigration bill has been disastrous" for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Or, as an unnamed lawmaker put it to CNN: "I think we are proving to ourselves that Republicans cannot pass an immigration bill." Jeva Lange

August 3, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has written an op-ed for Breitbart, a publication he blasted during the Republican presidential primaries as "not a credible source."

"We don't even credential them for our events," Rubio told Fox News in February 2016. "This is the same website that reported that Fox News and that you and your guys in the debate gave me the questions so that I could prepare. You know that that's not true. So I literally don't even talk about the things they report because they're basically conspiracy theories and oftentimes manipulated."

Breitbart rose from the relative fringes along with then-candidate Donald Trump, often giving him positive coverage during the campaign. Stephen Bannon, the publication's one-time chairman, now works as the president's chief strategist.

Rubio's op-ed pitches Breitbart readers on "tax reform that empowers families."

"We must ensure comprehensive tax reform includes specific and meaningful tax relief for parents," Rubio wrote. "After all, families are the fundamental building blocks of our communities, and the health of our society depends on families being able to provide safe and secure homes, raise active citizens, and love their children unconditionally in ways no other social institution can. Families are how values are passed on from generation to generation. We simply cannot have a strong nation without strong families." Jeva Lange

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