Sure, President Pena Nieto -- floundering badly with his own constituents -- may try to exploit the opportunity to embarrass Trump and play up some nationalistic machismo, but on balance, this photo op was a risk worth taking for the GOP nominee. And he knows it, especially against the backdrop of his much-anticipated primetime immigration speech later tonight. I explained why this is probably a smart play by Trump on the Outnumbered couch this afternoon (see update). Video courtesy of Right Sightings:
By the way, Hillary's mega ad buys seem to have had little effect; she's treading water in the head-to-heads, and taking on water regarding her own favorability. Yesterday brought us a "barfy" poll out of must-win Pennsylvania, but today's a new day. Remember this gut punch poll out of Wisconsin last month? Hillary's wide lead has mostly disappeared there:
Among likely voters in WI, Clinton 45%, Trump 42%, with 10% supporting neither. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 31, 2016
Marquette's last data set had Trump down yuge, and some of this shift shift is surely due to sample noise. But the latest figures show both The Big Cheese and Sen. Ron Johnson nipping at Democrats' heels, and Scott Walker's approval rating pulling a lot closer to hitting parity than it has in some time. Donald Trump hasn't suddenly become popular in the Badger State, mind you. Quite the opposite. But as we've seen elsewhere, Hillary Clinton's image is sinking. She's at (35/58) on favorability, down 13 net points from early August, and her honesty numbers are in the toilet:
Does “honest” describe Clinton? 26% say yes, 68% say no. In early Aug, it was 32%-64%. In July, it was 28% and 68%. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 31, 2016
WATCH: Trump says he and Pres. Peña Nieto did not discuss who will pay for a wall during meeting in Mexico City. https://t.co/9o8gjd3VvF— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 31, 2016
Guess who's cranky?
What a weak and shy response by Mexican president @epn. Trump leaves without giving an apology & won't change at all his immigration plan— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) August 31, 2016