Blompf caught lightning in a bottle in the 2016 election by seizing on an emotional issue pushed by a trio of advisers – Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller – that captured the imagination of the Republican base and turned them out en masse at the polls.
He didn’t deliver the goods that his voters wanted though. Instead of delivering on his populist and nationalist agenda, he delivered conservative priorities like the tax cuts and things the donor class wanted like criminal justice reform and the Jerusalem embassy. Far from “zero tolerance,” he ended up presiding over a surge in illegal immigration and business as usual.
Now he is poised to enter Year Four of the Trump presidency with the Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives and in a position to block his legislative agenda. This is what he gets for trusting conservatives, his own family and the big donors. It will be nearly impossible to turn this situation around in the fourth quarter, but he has changed the cultural and political landscape in ways which will outlive his presidency and shape the 2020s.
There are a bunch of interviews done for this documentary: