Bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump has built his campaign largely on three main themes, deporting illegal aliens, building a wall on the Southern border, and that he will make “really great deals.”
As part of his overall immigration plan, if there really is one, is his plan to build a border security wall, a very popular viewpoint among Americans who are tired of seeing our sovereign country invaded and politicians who do nothing about it.
On FOX News’ Hannity on Monday, Trump walked back his promise to deport millions who are here illegally, telling Sean Hannity that “everything is negotiable,” which strongly suggests that his tough talk on deportation may just that — talk.
Or, perhaps, it is the opening salvo as part of a dishonest and deceptive “dealmaking” tactic he’s making with the American people.
The backstory here is a report coming out of the New York Times that they have audio of Trump — off the record — basically of Trump not even believing his own rhetoric on immigration.
And while it would be easy to dismiss the Times as the leftist rag that is, we must keep in mind that while Ted Cruz was fighting to stop Marco Rubio and Charles Schumer ‘s amnesty plan via the infamous Gang of Eight in 2013, Trump was meeting with illegal aliens telling them, “You’re convinced me.”
“They said it’s negotiable about the wall,” Hannity said, paraphrasing the Times report after Trump gave the paper a tongue-lashing.
“Everything…by the way, it is negotiable! Things are negotiable,” Trump jumped in with passion. “I’ll be honest with you. You know, I’ll make the wall two feet shorter or something. I mean, everything is negotiable,” Trump reiterated to Hannity in front of what by all appearances was a very pro-Trump crowd.
“It’s not negotiable about building it?” Hannity interjected.
“Building it? No, not negotiable,” Trump claimed emphatically.
“Would it be negotiable about the 11 million [illegals], maybe let some people stay if they register in a period of time?” Sean Hannity asked Trump.
“Look, I’ve always said, we’ve got some good people here and they’re going to go out but we will work out some system that’s fair but we either have a country or we don’t,” Trump answered.
Trump is clearly waffling on what was previously a very hardline position that was pretty cut and dry. Now, he’s indicating that “we will work something out” for the “good people” who came here illegally.
There must be something extremely damaging in the that New York Time interview in regards to his position on deportation. Otherwise, Trump wouldn’t have gone to the extreme to literally say that he wants to trash the First Amendment’s freedom of the press, an obvious threat to newspapers like the Times and others who may speak out against him.
It’s also extremely risky for Trump to flip-flop on his signature issue, just hours before polls open for Super Tuesday.