Recap: The Armstrong Williams Show

By: Kevin Chiucchini 

Another Thursday with Army and Q, another week of controversy surrounding President Donald J. Trump and another great show on the books. Last night, we were joined by business expert Bruce Buckenmaier for a terrific discussion about Donald Trump and Robert Mueller, Trump’s visit to Davos, and the pending future of the millions of illegal immigrants living in the country. After audio footage emerged of Donald Trump addressing reporters and agreeing to speak to Robert Mueller under oath and the revelation that he would consider granting citizenship to illegal immigrants in exchange for border funding, many listeners were eager to call in and express their trust or mistrust in our 45th President.

The first hour was complete with analogies, anecdotes and animated callers. Armstrong asked his guests how they felt about the proposal from New York State Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor De Blasio to secure college tuition funding for dreamers. The reaction from the callers was mixed, although the majority seemed to agree that United States citizens should have priority over people who are not legal citizens. Some of the self-identified African-American callers compared reparations for slavery to DACA & Dreamers and felt that the African-American community should take priority over a community of illegal immigrants. Kevin Q felt strongly that it wasn’t a fair comparison because one is a historical issue and the other is an ongoing issue that we can possibly “fix” and not just debate. He went onto suggest that not all issues need to be fixed with a state or federal budget and reminded guests that there is nothing wrong with philanthropy. In some cases, private funding could likely alleviate some of the political stalemates that hold us back as a nation.

The second hour was just as exciting as the first as we continued our discussion on immigration and foreign aid. Both complex issues, with no easy answers, many callers were lacking faith in Donald Trump to correct our nation’s divided views on both illegal immigration and foreign aid. Army was disappointed in the President’s compromise of citizenship and stated, “Offering citizenship is amnesty”. He also defended the President’s ability to compromise and negotiate with the question: “What politician doesn’t speak with a forked tongue?”. Whether or not you agree, the fact remains that Army gives a fair assessment of Trump’s abilities and weaknesses, especially when speaking to a minority community.

The main problem with the illegal immigration debate is that it always boils down to a philosophical and moral argument rather than one based on economics. As long as developed economies continue to grow larger and developing economies are unable to provide, the problem of illegal immigration will persist. No man or woman should ever feel afraid to say how they feel, especially if they speak calmly and treat another’s opinion with the same amount of respect they expect in return. Unfortunately, this doesn’t occur in most current political discussions on these issues.

Another Thursday with Army and Q, another week of controversy surrounding President Donald J. Trump and another great show on the books. Last night, we were joined by business expert Bruce Buckenmaier for a terrific discussion about Donald Trump and Robert Mueller, Trump’s visit to Davos, and the pending future of the millions of illegal immigrants living in the country. After audio footage emerged of Donald Trump addressing reporters and agreeing to speak to Robert Mueller under oath and the revelation that he would consider granting citizenship to illegal immigrants in exchange for border funding, many listeners were eager to call in and express their trust or mistrust in our 45th President.

The first hour was complete with analogies, anecdotes and animated callers. Armstrong asked his guests how they felt about the proposal from New York State Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor De Blasio to secure college tuition funding for dreamers. The reaction from the callers was mixed, although the majority seemed to agree that United States citizens should have priority over people who are not legal citizens. Some of the self-identified African-American callers compared reparations for slavery to DACA & Dreamers and felt that the African-American community should take priority over a community of illegal immigrants. Kevin Q felt strongly that it wasn’t a fair comparison because one is a historical issue and the other is an ongoing issue that we can possibly “fix” and not just debate. He went onto suggest that not all issues need to be fixed with a state or federal budget and reminded guests that there is nothing wrong with philanthropy. In some cases, private funding could likely alleviate some of the political stalemates that hold us back as a nation.

The second hour was just as exciting as the first as we continued our discussion on immigration and foreign aid. Both complex issues, with no easy answers, many callers were lacking faith in Donald Trump to correct our nation’s divided views on both illegal immigration and foreign aid. Army was disappointed in the President’s compromise of citizenship and stated, “Offering citizenship is amnesty”. He also defended the President’s ability to compromise and negotiate with the question: “What politician doesn’t speak with a forked tongue?”. Whether or not you agree, the fact remains that Army gives a fair assessment of Trump’s abilities and weaknesses, especially when speaking to a minority community.

The main problem with the illegal immigration debate is that it always boils down to a philosophical and moral argument rather than one based on economics. As long as developed economies continue to grow larger and developing economies are unable to provide, the problem of illegal immigration will persist. No man or woman should ever feel afraid to say how they feel, especially if they speak calmly and treat another’s opinion with the same amount of respect they expect in return. Unfortunately, this doesn’t occur in most current political discussions on these issues.