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Trump Calls Immigrants ‘Great People’ And ‘Horrible People’ Within Span Of A Minute

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Trump Calls Immigrants ‘Great People’ And ‘Horrible People’ Within Span Of A Minute

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A day after arguing that there are “gang members,” “killers,” and “bad people” that we need to “get out of this country,” Donald Trump is once again trying to contort himself into a new stance on undocumented immigrants living in the Unites States, telling a town hall participant there were a lot of “great people” among the immigrant population.

If your head hurts trying to follow Trump back and forth across the line, rest assured, you’re not alone. In the course of just this week, Trump appeared to be “pivoting” toward a more “humane and efficient” solution. Then, insisting that nothing had changed, he said he wanted to come up with one “really fair, but firm answer.” Then, a day later, he seemed to revert completely back to his original hard line stance, saying there would be deportations “so fast your head will spin.

Trump has said for months that he would deport 11 million people here without proper documentation.

Yesterday, he told town hall participants that he is open to “softening” his position on immigration, despite saying earlier this week that Buzzfeed‘s reports of the same were “false.

“There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump told the town hall.

He then doubled down on earlier comments: “But we’ve got some really really bad gang members and some horrible people.”

This is what happens when immigration policy is delivered in catch phrases, without any foundation in reality. It’s unclear when Trump will try to backtrack on his latest comments and insist he is not open to any “softening” of his immigration policies, but given his history, it seems a good bet it’ll happen soon enough.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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11 Comments

  1. A. D. Reed August 24, 2016

    When the depth of a candidate’s “thinking” is the thickness of a bumper sticker, it’s not a surprise that he is capable of expressing scores of contradictory opinions instantly. After all, he has “the best words,” and he’s so eager to use them all that they fall onto and off the ends of the bumper sticker with no relation to one another — or to reality or logic.

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    1. Insinnergy August 24, 2016

      It’s an enhancement of a common practice in the Wingnut Right media bubble. Hannity and O’Reilly have done exactly the same thing for years:
      – Start saying bullsh!t.
      – Really pile it on.
      – Add more and more, and do it so fast that the person you are talking to is swimming in bullsh!t talking point and just doesn’t know where to even begin refuting it or questioning your sanity.
      – Allow them to respond to a single point among 20-30 bullsh!t talking points.
      – Cut them off and go again and lay down another 20-30 bullsh!t talking points as fast as possible.

      To the audience (who appear to be a bunch of low-information knuckle-draggers with no ability to think rationally, or use logic) sheer volume of uncontested “points” appears to mean, through numbers alone, that the bullsh!t artist has completely won the argument.

      Trump is just much better at it than anyone else.

      1. Independent1 August 24, 2016

        That’s probably because he’s had a lot of practice – maybe ever since he uttered his first words, he’s been spewing BS!!!

      2. King of America August 25, 2016

        This has a name! It’s called the Gish Gallop, named after the sole debate tactic of Young Earth Creationist Duane Gish – basically piling on errors faster than it’s possible to correct them.

        (More formally it’s a proof-by-verbosity fallacy, if you want to sound smart at dinner parties).

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 24, 2016

    Trump is now writhing and flailing wildly like a tuna that’s been caught and tossed on the deck of a trawler. Brietbart probably informed him to change his message, since Donald couldn’t figure that out on his own.

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  3. Daniel Jones August 24, 2016

    Trump is not pivoting.

    He’s not panicking.

    He’s acting like this so no one thinks to ask the IRS for his tax returns under the Freedom of Information Act since he’s been using them as the excuse not to release for months now.

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  4. TZToronto August 24, 2016

    “Trump has said for months that he would deport 11 million people here without proper documentation.” Does this mean that 11 million people without proper documentation will be deported or that 11 million people will be deported without proper documentation (i.e., no legal documentation to support their deportation)? I’d guess that there would be some of both.

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  5. King of America August 24, 2016

    It’s time to test Trump for Alzheimer’s.

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    1. Insinnergy August 24, 2016

      Amen.
      Test him for Narcissistic Personality Disorder while you’re at it.

      1. King of America August 24, 2016

        Just to be clear, I’m not entirely joking – Alzheimer’s can be influenced by genetics, and his father developed it. It’s something that he’s at high risk of developing.

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