10 Looney Lines From Trump’s Unhinged Address on Immigration. After a relatively triumphant day in his presidential campaign that featured the humiliation of the President of Mexico in his own country, Donald Trump just had to do it. He just had to be incapable of keeping his mouth shut for 24 hours so that his positive media cycle could play out in full.
Just hours after his return from Mexico on August 31, where Trump claimed that the question of who would pay for “the wall” at the Mexican border was never discussed, the GOP nominee for the White House made a speech to his much ballyhooed “base” in Arizona. The speech will likely turn out to be a turning point in the 2016 campaign. Why? Because there were several lines in it that were simply off the charts even by the standards of right wing tea Party fantasies.
Below are seven.
- “I’m going to create a new special deportation task force.” What? President Obama’s Administration has deported over 2 million people so there appears to be a special task force for this already.
- “Not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here.”
- “If we can save American lives, American jobs and American futures, together we can save America itself.” That Trump equates “saving America” with stopping immigrants is telling.
- “Anyone who is in the United States illegally is subject to deportation.” That’s true right now.
- “Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges – that is, those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net.” This quote is a dark look into Trump’s true views on immigrants from Mexico.
- “For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for re-entry.” For 11 million? Fantasyland.
- “The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals: To keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms.”