Even though his father told Sean Hannity last week that he was “softening” his much-ballyhooed primary policy of deporting the millions of illegal aliens living in the United States, Donald Trump, Jr. argues that the GOP nominee’s position isn’t really softening his stance at all, but is going to start with “baby steps.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, just one day before Trump’s scheduled speech on immigration in Phoenix on Wednesday, the younger Trump insisted that his father really hasn’t changed anything, despite the campaign stating that it was backing off its mass deportation force that Trump campaigned so fervently on during the GOP primary, while eviscerating anyone who didn’t hold his then-tough position.
“He wasn’t softening his stance on anything,” Donald Trump, Jr. told Cooper about his dad’s Hannity interview. “He didn’t change his stance on anything,” he argued.
Actually, if he were being honest, he would admit that his father committed a flip-flop of mass proportions, coming very close to describing illegal immigration as RINO pro-amnesty Jeb Bush did, as “an act of love.”
In fact, Donald Trump described a position almost identical to that of Bush, Rubio, and other pro-amnesty squishes in which illegals are magically made legal through the paying of fines and taxes.
Rather than deporting illegals (unless they have committed other crimes), the elder Trump told the same Anderson Cooper last Thursday, just one day after the Hannity “softening” admission, that he would “work with” illegals, rather than automatically deporting them:
“No citizenship. Let me go a step further. They’ll pay back-taxes — they have to pay taxes. There’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.
Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject — and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years [illegally] and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump.’
I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.”
Nevertheless, the younger Trump, when pressed by Cooper that his dad sounded “not quite sure what his own policy is,” and after being asked by Cooper if his dad still planned on deporting all estimated 11 million illegals, Trump, Jr. said, in contradiction with what his dad told the same interviewer:
“That’s been the same, correct. But again, you have to start with baby steps,” Trump, Jr. said. “You have to let ICE do their job, you have to eliminate sanctuary cities, you have to get rid of the criminals certainly first, and, foremost, you have to secure the border,” he said, changing to topic from border enforcement away from deportation.
This is deceptive, of course. Mr. Tough Guy on immigration is now Mr. Baby Steps? Who the hell is he, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich?
When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash whether Trump would still implement his “deportation force,” Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway replied very succinctly last week, “To be determined.”
How is that not a change in position, when Donald Trump said repeatedly during the primary that he would definitely have a “deportation force?”
Voters were deceived by a con man during the GOP primary. They should have known that the hardline positions Trump campaigned on were not longheld positions. In fact, his positions on the very campaign issues that won him the primary, he had years of supporting the exact opposite policies.