America First Policies is a conservative group aligned with President Trump. Yesterday, they released an ad that starred Obama’s former chief of border patrol Mark Morgan. The ad is intended to put pressure on Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) to back full funding of President Trump’s border wall. “We need more resources, we need the wall,” Morgan stated in the ad.
America First Policies is a non-profit organization that pushes Trump’s America First agenda. Morgan discusses in the ad the chaotic, brutal, and insecure nature of our southern border with Mexico. He clearly explains why the wall is so badly needed there.
Alex Titus, who is a spokesman for America First Policies, said in a press release yesterday:
“Seasoned law enforcement officials like Mark Morgan have been clear from the start of this debate: walls work. Rep. Cartwright should start listening to the experts and his constituents who want him to stop playing partisan politics and support full funding for a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.”
The group will spend approximately $80,000 for television ads and $50,000 for digital ads. This is seen as a widening effort by conservatives to pressure Congress to secure our borders. America First Policies has spent approximately $1.2 million during the border wall fight.
As in the 2016 election, Pennsylvania will be pivotal in the presidential election in 2020. They also have many districts that might help Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.
“Congressman Cartwright holds one of the few dozen Democrat districts that President Trump won during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump won the eighth district of Pennsylvania (Cartwright’s district) by nearly ten points in 2016.
“Cartwright started his fourth term in Congress this January.
“A poll released in January found that 52 percent of Pennsylvanians in Democrat-controlled districts believe that the “current situation at the border between the United States and Mexico represent a national security threat to the US.”
“Fifty-three percent of those polled also support building a border wall or barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, while 43 percent oppose the idea.
“Sixty-one percent approve of President Trump’s position on border security, compared to 35 percent who disapprove.
“Congressman Cartwright has reportedly flip-flopped on the border wall issue. In October 2018, he told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, “We have to secure our borders. There should be heavy fines and stricter penalties for offenders. I also favor building a wall where appropriate, but not where mountain goats can’t climb.”
“However, on Fox News last week Cartwright called Trump’s effort to secure the border a quest to “fulfill some political stump speech.”
“In response, Pennsylvania Republican Communications Director Jason Gottesman called out Cartwright’s weak border security stance.
“Gottesman said last week, “Congressman Matt Cartwright is turning his back on the people of northeastern Pennsylvania by flip-flopping on his campaign-season immigration positions and no longer supporting border security, including the building of a border wall.”
“Congressman Cartwright apparently only thinks it appropriate to say what is convenient to who he is pandering to, saying one thing to his constituents and another thing to Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic base,” Gottesman added.”
Given Trump’s rising popularity and the radical leftness of the Democrats, Cartwright is on very shaky ground here. Using Morgan in this ad is very smart politics and it should be utilized all over the place. The majority of Americans want the wall and they are getting very tired and restless waiting for it.
Watch for more conservative groups such as America First Policies to hammer the airwaves over Trump’s policies and the funding of the wall. Those who flip-flop like Cartwright for political expediency will find themselves out of office soon enough. We need that wall… it’s a dire national security issue.