More broadly, whether they love him or loathe him or don’t really have much of an opinion either way, most Americans recognize that Trump ran on a platform of a stronger military, border security and a crackdown on special interests. If he pushes for a moderate deal on DACA (which is what he’s doing at the moment) and Democrats shut down the government by demanding more, Trump will be seen as the deal maker stymied by Washington elites.

And if anyone is an effective messenger to his base, it’s Trump. This will be a fight Trump relishes.