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#EndorseThis: In Anderson Cooper Interview, Trump Improvises Immigration Stance

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#EndorseThis: In Anderson Cooper Interview, Trump Improvises Immigration Stance

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Reporting on Donald Trump’s attitude toward undocumented immigrants of late has felt like a slow-motion car wreck: In the course of a week, he has managed to alienate his newly-famous “alt-right,” nativist base while at the same time failing to meaningfully reach out to anyone who might otherwise have been repulsed by his ideas.

A week ago, Trump indicated that he might have to “soften” his position on immigration — as it happens, telling voters for 15 months that you will employ a deportation force to eject 11 million people from the country is horribly unpopular.

But Trump’s “softening” has been anything but, as seen in interview Thursday night with Anderson Cooper. Trump emphasized that, within the first hour of his presidency, he would sign an order ejecting hundreds of thousands (or maybe millions) of people from the country. (President Obama has deported more people than any other president, at around 2.5 million over his two terms.)

And for undocumented immigrants with no crime to their name except for their immigration status?

Another flip-flop: undocumented immigrants will have to leave the country in order to begin a path to citizenship, apparently, a reversal from the Hannity town hall just a day ago. Then: “We’re going to see,” just a few seconds later.

Oh, and also: “Tunnel technology,” a novel term even for Trump. And another flip-flop

It reads like a strange triangulation between a rabidly anti-immigrant segment of his base, to whom Trump has been speaking almost exclusively for a year, and… most of the rest of the country, which supports a path to citizenship for immigrants without a criminal record.

Watch this space: Trump has created a tricky political problem for himself. “When you’re in a hole, stop digging,” the saying goes. Someone let Donald know!

Video: CNN.

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11 Comments

  1. dpaano August 26, 2016

    Again, I think he’s digging that hole on purpose. He KNOWS he’s losing, so he wants to be able to say that he lost because the election was “rigged” against him. He’ll never blame himself for not being elected, so he cooks up things that later he can blame on someone else (namely, Hillary, in most cases). He’s quite a piece of work!!!

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  2. docb August 26, 2016

    This was so inane as to be totally incomprehensible…He goes from used car salesman to 3rd grader in seconds. lying all the way but leaving room to blame anyone but himself!

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  3. notafoxfan August 26, 2016

    I watched the entire interview more than once on cnn as they “rerack” their evening programs as the night goes on..i wanted to be sure i had not missed anything..mr trump once again, talked in circles, made no sense and was basically incoherant..he did not allow anderson cooper to ask questions (of course anderson is not a very forceful interviewer),but kept interrrupting..when asked at one point about calling hillary clinton a “bigot”, he could not pinpoint any one specific instance and again made inane remarks about her policies being “bigoted”..i dont think the man understands the true meaning of the word!!

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    1. Bonissima91910 August 26, 2016

      Anderson was very smart to let the Donald show the nation what an abominable fool the Donald is. And he felt in the “game” right In to it. After a while it was fun to see the idiot just keep going deeper into stupidity. Later it was pathetic to see his media surrogates with their shorts tied up in knots. It was sick funny 🙂 finally got tired n went to bed.

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      1. Bren Frowick August 27, 2016

        It was a preview of what the debates will be like, should he actually last that long in this hopeless train wreck of a campaign.

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  4. Mama Bear August 26, 2016

    This is very typical of a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. They MUST know everything, and if you question their supreme knowledge they twist it and turn it so you think you are the one that is crazy – it’s called “gaslighting”. Add to that the face that he has no use for facts or understanding and this is Donald Trump at his finest.

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  5. Jon August 26, 2016

    Say it ain’t so Mr. Trump. Please say it ain’t so. You ain’t going to let any of those mongrels and dirt people stay here are you? I have almost got my GED and hope to be an officer in the Deportation Force. You kept promising me that you would kick their a$$es out and make America great again like it was before we had all the damned dirty illegals in our country. Please Mr. Trump. Think about Ann Coulter. You wouldn’t want to disappoint a woman as intelligent, compassionate, and honest as her would you? Please Mr. Trump don’t make any exceptions for those law-breaking illegals who broke OUR law by sneaking in here who don’t have a criminal record. I don’t want THEIR Sharia law here in OUR country. You told us during the primaries that the Mexican dirt people who came here were criminals and rapists. Sir, you know better than any other patriotic American that not all rapists are criminally prosecuted for the rapes they commit. You can’t let them stay Mr. Trump.

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  6. johninPCFL August 26, 2016

    This is exactly like talking to a person suffering from senile dementia. They can remember bits and pieces of conversations, some from long ago, but things said just seconds earlier are totally lost and irritation grows as they are reminded.
    Is Trump another Reagan? Are we seeing another clear example of mental deterioration right before our eyes?

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    1. Jmz Nesky August 27, 2016

      No, just knee slapping, utter stupidity. If he’s really serious in becoming the president then I stand by my statement.. If he’s deliberately trying to blow his chances then I will pass the statement on to RNC for being the blithering, no clue nincompoops that they are.

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  7. Bren Frowick August 27, 2016

    “Evidence? We don’t need no steenking EVIDENCE! We KNOW who the Bad Guys are! They’re anyone we DECIDE are Bad Guys! Round ’em up and git ’em OUTTA here, the rule of law be damned!”

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  8. EvenstarMtl August 29, 2016

    It’s standard for CNN interviews to be more traps for Trump than wanting to get honest information and clarity on Trump’s ideas. Trump has made his immigration stance very clear. The most delicate part of the plan is how to handle illegal aliens that have no criminal record and have children born in America and possibly other family members. Trump wants to think this out and deal with these people humanly. It is clear to me that he is trying to find a way to deal with all the illegals that will work and benefit the country. And yes, this may mean some changes are in order. Anderson Cooper and others seem to think that every detail has to be laid out (except for Hillary). Trump is gathering information, will confer with experts on immigration and then decide a course of action. Give Trump some breathing space already!!

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