Trump deports his original immigration policy
“…the conservative movement in the Republican Party will be taken over by a con artist portraying himself as the fighter of the ordinary person fighting for the working man — but he’s spent years sticking it to the working people.” —Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has sold his supporters out on immigration. Trump kicked off his improbable campaign labeling Mexicans here illegally as criminals and rapists, proposed building a wall along the border (that Mexico would pay for) and calling for deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants. He later explained that this “deportation force” would “humanely” round people up and send them home. No word on whether the deportation force would load deportees onto cattle cars. It’s been the core of his campaign.
Wednesday evening, Trump gave the finger to his supporters telling a Fox News town hall that undocumented immigrants could stay. “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.”
What? That’s amnesty, buddy! You’re not going “a step further.” You’re going exactly where your primary opponents were when you called them weak on immigration for proposing the same thing.
And to make this juicy flip flop even more delicious, conservative harpy Ann Coulter just came out with a book called “In Trump We Trust” in which she writes “There’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.” On the same night as her launch party, Trump was pantsing her before the nation by changing his immigration policy and demonstrating that he’s just another typical politician.
By the way, you should be able to pick up Coulter’s new book at Dollar Tree in just a few short weeks.
How can anyone be shocked? Little Marco tried to warn Republicans that they were getting a con artist if they boarded the Trump train. Mitt Romney told Republicans that Trump was a “con man,” a “fake” and a “phony.” After all, this is a man that is being sued for fraud at the same time he’s running for president! He’s being sued for setting up a bogus university, promising ordinary folks a great financial education and after he secured their money, didn’t deliver. Sound familiar? When he’s collected the votes of these angry folks who want to build a wall, deport illegals and make America great again, he won’t deliver.
Why did his base believe him in the first place? Trump has blasted outsourcing and claimed he’d bring jobs back to America at the same time selling a clothing line made in Bangladesh, Mexico and China. Nothing prevented Trump from making his clothes here with American labor. He’s been too busy making his wallet green again to make America great again.
And for those still aboard that decelerating Trump train, if you believe he’s going to build a wall, well… then I have a wall to sell you!
Why on earth would any Trump supporter expect him to stick to that list of names someone wrote for him earlier this year of potential candidates for the Supreme Court? Trump has demonstrated he’s the unparalleled master of the bait and switch. Everything’s negotiable.
Even his political identity is negotiable. Donald Trump has switched his political identification seven times. I’m nearly 50 and I’ve switched status just once, from Democrat to independent. Seven times. That’s not someone mulling issues and making principled shifts. That’s opportunism. That’s evidence of a lack of core beliefs.
Make no mistake, Donald Trump’s new position of working with immigrants here illegally and focusing on deporting criminals is President Obama’s current position. Trump told Fox News this week, “What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country.” He added, “Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing.” Do the same thing.
That certainly can’t make the bigots and white supremacists in his base feel warm and fuzzy.
But many of his supporters continue to live in denial. When confronted by Trump’s new position they either swear he hasn’t changed or immediately move to the default attack-Hillary mode.
Trump’s national spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, a woman who effortlessly combines the wisdom of Michele Bachmann with the coherency of Sarah Palin, told a bewildered and amused CNN panel Thursday that Trump “hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He’s changed the words that he is saying.”
Let that marinate.
Trump supporters, you’ve been hustled. Had. Played. Bamboozled. You angry voters looking for a non-politician to shake up the system have been the victims of an awesome political game of three-card Monte by one of New York’s premier players.
Keep looking for that wall.