Current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has dominated national GOP presidential polls since July, a political earthquake that has shocked the establishment in both parties, as well as the mainstream media.
Trump’s attraction, in addition to his brashness, has taken the political world by storm because of one issue and one issue alone — illegal immigration.
When Trump calls for the deportation of every single illegal alien in the country, realize that it is a recent position. As recently as August 29, 2013, just over two years ago, Trump tweeted very clearly that he is open to “amnesty” (yes, he used the word amnesty, not a pathway to citizenship like Rubio, Bush, Christie and Kasich have), albeit after the border is secure.
Donald Trump tweeted “Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure,” a position very much the same as the other GOP establishment, i.e., RINO candidates mentioned above.
Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Donald Trump is to be applauded and has been, for bringing the illegal immigration debate to the forefront. It’s a literal foreign invasion that is a major threat to America from a cultural, national security and economic standpoint. It should be front and center.
But who is to say, with any degree of certainty, whether Trump’s current anti-amnesty position will revert back to his barely two-year-old pro-amnesty position?
After all, Donald Trump has flip-flopped numerous times on important issues like health care (he was for universal health care before he was against it), Syrian refugees (take them, then don’t take them), Planned Parenthood funding (fund it, don’t fund it) and even military spending and going after ISIS (let Russia do it…wait, “I will bomb the sh*t out of ISIS.”), as well as twisting and turning on tax policy (all for a flat tax, then flat taxes don’t work).
Now Trump is flip-flopping, then flip-flopping back again — going full birther on the eligibility of Ted Cruz (it’s a coincidence that Cruz has soared in the polls and is edging closer to Trump, I’m sure).