Donald J. Trump’s immigration policy appears to be getting suddenly quite muddled.
Reports came out over the weekend that the Republican presidential nominee was backing off his plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Then he said he intends to deport ’em as fast as he can round ’em up.
He’s going to “build that wall and we’re going to make Mexico pay for it,” he said to cheering rally crowds.
So, which is it? Is he softening his view? Is he doubling down and getting even harsher?
There’s a thing or two for Trump to consider.
If he backs off his deportation initiative, he risks losing the GOP base of voters that propelled him to the party’s presidential nomination.
Moreover, his alleged softening looks for all the world like an admission that his top-priority issue has angered a vast array of Americans who are offended by his characterization of illegal immigrants as “rapists, murderers, drug dealers,” while adding he’s sure “there are some good ones, too.”
However, if Trump holds firm to his initial hardline view, well, he’s got the base but he’s surrendering the rest of the American voting public.
This man doesn’t know what he’s talking about.