From the moment Donald Trump got off that escalator in his Trump Tower to announce that he was seeking the nomination to become President, he has been calling for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and building a wall all along the southern border.
We heard this meme for at least 14 months in a row. As a matter of fact, he said just on Monday in Akron Ohio that “I will build that wall and Mexico will pay for it” to a rounding applause. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Suddenly Trump seems to be softening his stance on “illegals”.
Now he has added Mexican Americans along with African-Americans on his “what do you have to lose” talk about making their lives better. All they need to do is “trust me.” Now all of a sudden he isn’t so interested in “rounding ’em up” as he has been saying this whole election cycle. Now, he is talking like “only the bad ones” need to be deported.
He is even hinting that he is open to ways “to allow these ‘illegals’ to become legal”. On the same night of his “I am going to build that wall” speech in Akron, he told Bill O’Reilly that he wasn’t talking about internment camps or detaining these people.
As a matter of fact, pace makers all across the conservative movement must have stopped during this interview. Especially when he said “most people don’t know this but Obama has deported lots of bad people.”
My two takeaways from that statement is that he gave the President come kudos for actually doing what the Republicans have been saying he has not done, but couldn’t bring himself to use the term President Obama because that might legitimize our President. Something Trump hasn’t done since he started the “birther movement”.
By giving the President some nice words about his deportations, I am very surprised that there aren’t any conservatives in the headlines for being put in the hospital after having heart attacks during the interview. Saying anything nice about the President is anti-Republican. The odd thing was even O’Reilly let it slip by without a comment.
Trump said he would immediately deport any “criminals” and those recently caught at the border. The rest would “go through the process”. Which is exactly what the current President is doing.
Conservatives yesterday started back-tracking by claiming that what Trump said is not the same as what President Obama is doing. They said Trump would be much tougher than President Obama has been. After all, President Obama wants to let DACA stay in force. You can’t let children who were brought here years ago think they might actually believe they are Americans.
Trump’s aides are now saying that he never called for “mass deportations” which he did hundreds of times. They now claim that he never said we need to “round ’em up” which he did hundreds of times. They now claim that he never said he was going to deport all undocumented immigrants even though he said “they all must go”.
During an interview with Chuck Todd, Trump was asked about children born in the U.S. with undocumented immigrant parents. Trump said they all must go. Todd said you cannot deport the children because they were U.S. Citizens. Trump said he would not break up families. Todd asked then what about the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens. Trump said “they have to go.”
Before he got into his tiff with Morning Joe, he was on the show and said “there needed to be a force assembled to round up and deport all undocumented immigrants.” Now, he is saying that isn’t what he said.
So what brought about this “flip-flop” on immigration? Might it be that Trump finally saw the polls and figured out that this issue is killing his chances to win? Is he really going to “soften” his stance on this issue? I don’t think so, really. He is still running his “armed camp” advertisements in my state and others.
On top of all of that, he still has Steve Bannon and the rest of the so-called “Alt-Right” on his side. So he won’t be able to stay on this message for too long. Even if Bannon allows his softening to continue so he doesn’t look so “racist” to get more votes, it will definitely not hold if he is elected President.
You will also notice that Trump is not “changing” anything, according to him and his aides. He isn’t changing because according to them “he never said those things” even though there are hundreds of video footage showing he did say those things.
There is one real difference between the two candidates. Hillary Clinton has placed her policies on her web page for all to see and read and hasn’t changed them. Trump keeps changing his position according to how badly he is being beaten in the polls.
His real problem will come when his “staunch” supporters realize that he has lied to them. I know most will swallow his fake pills, but some will realize what is going on and might cause his support to slip among the base.
That tells me that Trump has no policies and no idea exactly how he would run the country should he win. All we are supposed to do is “believe him” and everything will be just fine. Excuse me, but I don’t “believe him” and I can’t see how I ever would.