New York billionaire Donald Trump built his campaign, and his GOP frontrunner status, with an incredibly strong stance against illegal immigration which was dubbed by many to be racist. When he announced his campaign, Trump said that those coming illegally from Mexico were “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime.” He added that “they are rapists,” but as an afterthought added that he’s sure some are good people.
Trump frequently surrounded himself with family members of people who were killed by an illegal immigrant and stood by his words even as he experienced numerous companies breaking ties with him. This hard-line stance is a complete 180, however, from what he believed in 2012 when he criticized then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for being “too mean-spirited” when it came to illegals and saying it cost him the election.
During an interview with Ronald Kessler on Newsmax TV a few weeks after the 2012 election, Trump said, “The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it.” He then praised Democrats for their “kindness” towards illegals.
“They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”
That part of the interview was a soft attack on Romney but don’t worry, Trump ramped up his attack against Romney, whose campaign he had endorsed.
“He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal,” Trump said. He was referring to Romney’s answer during a Jan. 2012 primary debate in which he said that instead of rounding up illegal immigrants and deporting them, the U.S. should adopt a policy of “self-deportation.”
Illegal immigrants without job prospects would eventually return to their home countries, Romney claimed.
“It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump told Kessler. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”
What’s incredible is that Trump referred to Romney’s idea that without job prospects, illegals would self-deport as “crazy” and “maniacal.”
Fast forward to less than three years later, when Trump announced his campaign to run for the GOP nomination for the presidency. He took Mitt Romney’s stance on illegal immigration, put it on steroids and added to it rhetoric which had him being accused of being a racist right out the gate.
Granted, Trump has been Teflon Don and it seems like nothing has stuck or derailed his campaign. The more vulgar, the more insulting, the more negativity associated with his campaign, the better he does. Though his negatives are through the roof, he is the GOP frontrunner, with Democrats voting for him in open primaries. That says something about our society and not in a good way.
Based upon Trump’s analysis of Romney being crazy, mean-spirited, and maniacal for believing illegals would self-deport if they could not find a job based upon their illegal status, would Trump refer to himself with those same adjectives since his stance when declaring his candidacy was even harsher?
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Something tells me the answer is no. He just “evolved,” though who knows if that evolution was even real.
In February, The PolitiStick reported on an off-the-record conversation that Trump had with the New York Times editorial board, a recording he refuses to give the okay to release, in which he allegedly made statements that cast doubt regarding if he is being truthful on even the immigration stance upon which he has built his campaign.
The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.
Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?