Businessman and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been under major incoming fire from almost all sides for his brash, politically incorrect statement about illegal immigration in which he articulated that many illegals — not all — are hardened criminals doing real damage to America.
Trump has steadfastly stood by his comments, refusing to back down and apologize as is the norm in this era of political correctness.
“The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist,” Trump told FOX News, three days after a purported illegal Mexican immigrant deported five previous times allegedly killed a woman in San Francisco.
Trump has been thoroughly excoriated by the leftstream media for his “insensitive” comments and most competitors in the 2016 Republican presidential primary have piled on with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rick Perry and others requesting Trump apologize and saying that he doesn’t speak for the Republican Party.
On the other hand, fellow presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that Trump shouldn’t apologize for “telling the truth” about the immigration problem facing America.
Even leftist Hollywood actress Eva Longoria jumped on the bandwagon, comparing Trump somehow to Adolf Hitler.
But it wasn’t just the outspoken Donald Trump who has spoken sharply of the criminal element of illegal immigration.
As Daniel Horowitz from Conservative Review brings to our attention, Democrat demogogue Harry Reid sounded virtually identical to Trump:
On January 25, 1993, two CIA agents were shot and killed outside of the Langley headquarters by a Pakistani illegal alien. A month later, a group of Islamic terrorists, that included several illegal aliens, executed the first bombing attack on the World Trade Center. Even though these events were not prototypical of the predominant illegal immigration problems we experienced from the southern border, none other than Harry Reid wasted no time in demanding comprehensive enforcement against all illegal immigration.
Reid introduced a bill on Aug. 4, 1993, the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993 (S.1351), which would have ended birthright citizenship (an idea he called “insane”), clamped down on asylum seekers (very pertinent to World Trade Center bombing), expanded deportation of criminal aliens, increased penalties on re-entries and visa fraud, and excluded all legal immigrants from admission who “cannot demonstrably support themselves without public or private assistance.”
In a press release unveiling the bill, Reid sounded quite Trump-like:
“Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs. The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement. “Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes. “Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world.”
“Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally,” Reid added in Trumpesque fashion.
As Horowitz points out, Harry Reid was Donald Trump before Trump was cool. Reid’s comments were deemed common sense rather than Trump’s “radical” comments today. Reid’s comments were “before our body politic was hijacked by a cartel of special interests who worship the pagan gods of political correctness and selfish parochial desires, both progressives and conservatives had a sense of justice and fairness as it relates to illegal immigration,” wrote Horowitz.
On Wednesday, in the height of hypocrisy, Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid called Trump’s Reid-like comments on illegal immigration “disgusting.”
“I’ve heard the comments. They’re distasteful, disgusting. And frankly I’m terribly disappointed that my Republican colleagues here in leadership positions in the Senate and those running for president have basically kept their mouth shut,” Reid told reporters on Wednesday.
Here are more comments from the much less politically-correct Harry Reid back in 1993: