The much-awaited Donald Trump flip-flop on his former tough stance on immigration is officially in full gear, walking back a hardline position that attracted millions of his most steadfast supporters.
Sounding more like establishment RINO squishes Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham , who he vilified during the primary for their pro-amnesty positions on illegal immigration, Trump told one of his biggest sycophants, FOX News host Sean Hannity, that he is moving towards “softening” his position on addressing the massive illegal immigration problem.
In a taping of an interview with Hannity in Austin, Texas (why he feels the need to campaign in deep-red Texas is curious, but I digress), Trump revealed he’s going limp.
From the Texas Tribune (emphasis added):
“Is there any part of the law that you might be able to change that would accommodate those people that contribute to society, have been law-abiding, have kids here?” Hannity asked. “Would there be any rule in your mind?”
“There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said in his response. “We want people — we have some great people in this country.”
This, of course, is a major flip-flop from the tough-talking language from Trump over the past year.
“They’re illegal immigrants,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in August of last year. “They got to go out,” he said, a line repeated in dozens of interviews on the subject.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway hinted over the weekend that her boss was about to go limp on immigration.
When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash whether Trump would still implement his “deportation force,” Conway replied succinctly, “To be determined.”
Update: Here’s the segment from tonight’s Hannity on FOX News where Trump mentions his “softening.”