Caravan Could Save GOP: 'Manna From Heaven' For Trump

The caravan of several thousand Hondurans that's making its way through Mexico to the U.S. border is just the thing for Republicans looking to rile up their base and keep Democrats from winning back the House.

“It’s manna from heaven,” Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, said of the caravan and its timing so close to the Nov. 6 midterm elections. “Donald Trump equals American patriotism and strength, strong military, strong borders, and law and order. This caravan reinforces this.”

Thousands of migrants have been walking from Honduras to the southern border, garnering extensive media coverage and the attention of the president along the way. Trump used the slow-rolling event Monday morning to blame Democrats for the lawlessness seen on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Republicans are expected to narrowly hold onto the Senate but lose the House to Democrats after they pick up 25 to 35 seats or even more. But for Republicans, the caravan is an imminent threat they can point to as a reason to keep them around.

“Base voters are really fired up about illegal immigration, so the more Trump is talking about it, the better it is overall,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist. “We don’t know if it’ll be enough, but we know the president has the biggest megaphone, and if anyone is going to make the message, he’s going to be the best person to deliver it in a time-sensitive way.”

The caravan, O'Connell said, has given Republicans the “pictures and events needed” to harness the party’s message on immigration.

Read more from Melissa Quinn at the Washington Examiner

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