When Trump Hammered Romney for Anti-Immigration Stance

In the 2012 election, Mitt Romney tried to polish up his conservative bona fides by running to the right of nearly every other candidate on the question of immigration. And guess who criticized him for his harsh anti-immigration rhetoric and “maniacal” policy ideas on it? Donald Trump, that’s who.

The Republican Party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming toward people of color, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

Whether intended or not, comments and policies of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates during this election were seen by Hispanics and Asians as hostile to them, Trump says.

“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” the billionaire developer says.

“The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

Romney’s solution of “self deportation” for illegal aliens made no sense and suggested that Republicans do not care about Hispanics in general, Trump says.

“He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal,” Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”

The GOP has to develop a comprehensive policy “to take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country,” Trump says.

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  • llewelly

    If Obama ran a false flag operation against conservatives, it would look like Donald Trump.

  • llewelly

    If Obama ran a false flag operation against conservatives, it would look like Donald Trump.

  • colnago80

    Interestingly enough, blogger and geneticist Jerry Coyne suggests that Trump is really running interference for Hillary.

  • colnago80

    Interestingly enough, blogger and geneticist Jerry Coyne suggests that Trump is really running interference for Hillary.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ colnago80 : I wouldn’t put it past him to be just trolling and either way its probably helping the Democratic party there more than anyone else so .. who knows really! (Trump himself just possibly – or not!)

    The Republican Party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming toward people of color, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

    Well, yes, but Trump’s own solution is what, to describe all Mexicans as rapists and drug-smuggling criminals and keep on digging that hole because .. and then he says this with a straight~ish face .. and .. dafuck?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ colnago80 : I wouldn’t put it past him to be just trolling and either way its probably helping the Democratic party there more than anyone else so .. who knows really! (Trump himself just possibly – or not!)

    The Republican Party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming toward people of color, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

    Well, yes, but Trump’s own solution is what, to describe all Mexicans as rapists and drug-smuggling criminals and keep on digging that hole because .. and then he says this with a straight~ish face .. and .. dafuck?

  • StevoR

    On the good side I think Trump’s comical run for POTUS nom is (metaphorically) killing off some of the many other minor Republican nom klowns even more and faster than they woulda vanished anyhow -folks like “Oops!” Perry and “Frothymix” Santorum and “Traffic jam” Christie and co are already being nicely shaded and publicity-(& $?)-O2 starved so that’s kinda good. With the number of Klowns in the Repub16 Klown kar so large already can’t help thinking they are also going to drop like flies pretty quick too.

  • StevoR

    On the good side I think Trump’s comical run for POTUS nom is (metaphorically) killing off some of the many other minor Republican nom klowns even more and faster than they woulda vanished anyhow -folks like “Oops!” Perry and “Frothymix” Santorum and “Traffic jam” Christie and co are already being nicely shaded and publicity-(& $?)-O2 starved so that’s kinda good. With the number of Klowns in the Repub16 Klown kar so large already can’t help thinking they are also going to drop like flies pretty quick too.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    When Trump Hammered Romney

    Dibs on adult film title!

     

    StevoR “Well, yes, but Trump’s own solution is what, to describe all Mexicans as rapists and drug-smuggling criminals and keep on digging that hole because .. and then he says this with a straight~ish face .. and .. dafuck?”

    To be fair, at the time Trump didn’t know that they were all rapists. And, no, Our Next President doesn’t need to apologize to Romney, because Trump attacked him for being mean. Trump isn’t being mean. He’s being honest.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    When Trump Hammered Romney

    Dibs on adult film title!

     

    StevoR “Well, yes, but Trump’s own solution is what, to describe all Mexicans as rapists and drug-smuggling criminals and keep on digging that hole because .. and then he says this with a straight~ish face .. and .. dafuck?”

    To be fair, at the time Trump didn’t know that they were all rapists. And, no, Our Next President doesn’t need to apologize to Romney, because Trump attacked him for being mean. Trump isn’t being mean. He’s being honest.

  • carpenterman

    colnago80, StevoR,

    I don’t see this helping the Democrats as much as helping the last few serious candidates left coming into the primaries. Any one of them will look (almost) reasonable compared to The Donald. Talk about lowering the bar.

  • carpenterman

    colnago80, StevoR,

    I don’t see this helping the Democrats as much as helping the last few serious candidates left coming into the primaries. Any one of them will look (almost) reasonable compared to The Donald. Talk about lowering the bar.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ carpenterman : Um, yeah, good point.

    @5. Modusoperandi : Okay you take that ‘un, I’ll take Trump hammered / squeezed out Santorum instead. (hey its bound to come up / out sometime)

    (D’oh! Just put a mental image into my head that I didn’t really want there .. )

  • StevoR

    @ ^ carpenterman : Um, yeah, good point.

    @5. Modusoperandi : Okay you take that ‘un, I’ll take Trump hammered / squeezed out Santorum instead. (hey its bound to come up / out sometime)

    (D’oh! Just put a mental image into my head that I didn’t really want there .. )

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    To be fair, disease-infested Mexican rapists weren’t really much of a problem in America until Obama became president.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    To be fair, disease-infested Mexican rapists weren’t really much of a problem in America until Obama became president.

  • Al Dente

    “The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

    Trump did have a point here. While Democrats didn’t have a coherent immigrant policy, they didn’t describe illegal immigrants as drug-smuggling, disease-infested rapists.

  • Al Dente

    “The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

    Trump did have a point here. While Democrats didn’t have a coherent immigrant policy, they didn’t describe illegal immigrants as drug-smuggling, disease-infested rapists.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is starting to sound like Arlo Guthrie.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is starting to sound like Arlo Guthrie.

  • tbp1

    The thing is, I’m pretty sure they are lying through their teeth about immigration, since the fat cats love illegal immigrants. They work cheap and drive wages down for everyone else.

    Blaming social ills on illegals is just another wedge to drive between different groups of people, like the oligarchs did so successfully in the south, turning poor blacks and whites against each other, instead of uniting against the bosses.

    (As I get older I notice myself sounding more and more like a Bertolt Brecht cliché, but I’m also realizing he was really onto something…)

  • tbp1

    The thing is, I’m pretty sure they are lying through their teeth about immigration, since the fat cats love illegal immigrants. They work cheap and drive wages down for everyone else.

    Blaming social ills on illegals is just another wedge to drive between different groups of people, like the oligarchs did so successfully in the south, turning poor blacks and whites against each other, instead of uniting against the bosses.

    (As I get older I notice myself sounding more and more like a Bertolt Brecht cliché, but I’m also realizing he was really onto something…)

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    tbp1 (As I get older I notice myself sounding more and more like a Bertolt Brecht cliché…”

    Back when I was an East German, my family was in line to purchase a Bertolt Brecht. Was the Cliché the coupe?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    tbp1 (As I get older I notice myself sounding more and more like a Bertolt Brecht cliché…”

    Back when I was an East German, my family was in line to purchase a Bertolt Brecht. Was the Cliché the coupe?

  • John Pieret

    The Donald is sucking the air out of the Republican primaries (for the time being) and probably helping the ‘anybody but Trump,’ marginally sane, candidates. Maybe that will help them in the end … comfortable Americans have short political memories … but do immigrants? Will they forget how little the other Republicans … even those who are Hispanic themselves or closely allied to Hispanics … came to their defense?

  • John Pieret

    The Donald is sucking the air out of the Republican primaries (for the time being) and probably helping the ‘anybody but Trump,’ marginally sane, candidates. Maybe that will help them in the end … comfortable Americans have short political memories … but do immigrants? Will they forget how little the other Republicans … even those who are Hispanic themselves or closely allied to Hispanics … came to their defense?

  • D. C. Sessions

    The thing is, I’m pretty sure they are lying through their teeth about immigration, since the fat cats love illegal immigrants. They work cheap and drive wages down for everyone else.

    Want to see how much the fat cats (and their paid help) love illegal immigrants? Propose laws punishing the companies who employ them.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The thing is, I’m pretty sure they are lying through their teeth about immigration, since the fat cats love illegal immigrants. They work cheap and drive wages down for everyone else.

    Want to see how much the fat cats (and their paid help) love illegal immigrants? Propose laws punishing the companies who employ them.

  • Synfandel

    @13 John Pieret wrote:

    Will they forget how little the other Republicans … even those who are Hispanic themselves or closely allied to Hispanics … came to their defense?

    That, I think, is the key question. As long as the other candidates are pandering to the xenophobic base in the run-up to the primaries, they will be saying all the wrong things in the eyes of Hispanics. Once the primaries have passed, it may be too late to undo the damage. This is the recurring curse of the Republican Party: you have to play to the racist, theocratic ignoramuses to get the candidacy and then it’s very hard to back down to a more sane position for the presidential run. My solution for these candidates is switch to another party.

  • Synfandel

    @13 John Pieret wrote:

    Will they forget how little the other Republicans … even those who are Hispanic themselves or closely allied to Hispanics … came to their defense?

    That, I think, is the key question. As long as the other candidates are pandering to the xenophobic base in the run-up to the primaries, they will be saying all the wrong things in the eyes of Hispanics. Once the primaries have passed, it may be too late to undo the damage. This is the recurring curse of the Republican Party: you have to play to the racist, theocratic ignoramuses to get the candidacy and then it’s very hard to back down to a more sane position for the presidential run. My solution for these candidates is switch to another party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003657987619 Barefoot Bree

    I’ve noticed for a long time that the major Republican tactic seems to be blatant tribalism, with lashings of emotional manipulation on the side, mostly by identifying an “enemy” and whipping up hysteria against them in the masses. Communists, Muslims, the tactic never changes, only the “Them”. Trump is only following the same script, just more obviously and bombastically, since his narcicism makes him blissfully oblivious to everything but applause.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003657987619 Barefoot Bree

    I’ve noticed for a long time that the major Republican tactic seems to be blatant tribalism, with lashings of emotional manipulation on the side, mostly by identifying an “enemy” and whipping up hysteria against them in the masses. Communists, Muslims, the tactic never changes, only the “Them”. Trump is only following the same script, just more obviously and bombastically, since his narcicism makes him blissfully oblivious to everything but applause.

  • eric

    I find it interesting to think about how much has changed so quickly. IIRC Bush II ran on a fairly immigrant-positive platform in 2000 (I don’t remember him doing much with it in office, but nevertheless his ‘campaign optics’ were positive). Four presidential elections later, his brother who is Governor of Florida can’t be pro-Hispanic immigration! Its political suicide in the primary. Wow.

  • eric

    I find it interesting to think about how much has changed so quickly. IIRC Bush II ran on a fairly immigrant-positive platform in 2000 (I don’t remember him doing much with it in office, but nevertheless his ‘campaign optics’ were positive). Four presidential elections later, his brother who is Governor of Florida can’t be pro-Hispanic immigration! Its political suicide in the primary. Wow.

  • Childermass

    Trump clearly has no intention to be president. He just likes the attention. Running for president will get it to him at least until it is clear he has lost. After which he’ll put his name on a few more buildings.

  • Childermass

    Trump clearly has no intention to be president. He just likes the attention. Running for president will get it to him at least until it is clear he has lost. After which he’ll put his name on a few more buildings.

  • brucegee1962

    Corollary to @18: It’s quite possible that no one is more surprised at his current standing in the polls than Donald Trump. He may have been thinking when he declared, “Eh, I’ll have reporters hanging on my every word for a few months, and of course that’ll be fun, and I’ll keep ’em slavering by saying outrageous stuff all the time, and then when I get too outrageous, I’ll duck out before I have to release my financial records.” But now he’s realizing there was a flaw to his plan — nothing is too outrageous for a good 10-20% of his party.

  • brucegee1962

    Corollary to @18: It’s quite possible that no one is more surprised at his current standing in the polls than Donald Trump. He may have been thinking when he declared, “Eh, I’ll have reporters hanging on my every word for a few months, and of course that’ll be fun, and I’ll keep ’em slavering by saying outrageous stuff all the time, and then when I get too outrageous, I’ll duck out before I have to release my financial records.” But now he’s realizing there was a flaw to his plan — nothing is too outrageous for a good 10-20% of his party.

  • lorn

    As noted elsewhere, the biggest problem with Donald is that he makes the rest of the GOP field, with a few exceptions, sound almost rational. It allows candidates who would be labeled as whack jobs to claim the honorable designation of ‘tough and passionate but not beyond the pale’.

    The kicker for me, the reason this seems like an affectation on the part of DT (catchy acronym) is that he provides a service to the GOP while risking nothing. He is uniquely positioned to get away with it. If Jeb said the same things people would be breaking the points off their pencils crossing him off the list. It would take a lot of the ‘even tempered and unsullied by politics’ shine off. With DT it is win-win. He gets media attention, reinforces his reputation as hard-head and bloviator, and, if it all goes egg-shaped, he has several billion dollars to keep him warm and always on the list for those all important cocktail socials.

  • lorn

    As noted elsewhere, the biggest problem with Donald is that he makes the rest of the GOP field, with a few exceptions, sound almost rational. It allows candidates who would be labeled as whack jobs to claim the honorable designation of ‘tough and passionate but not beyond the pale’.

    The kicker for me, the reason this seems like an affectation on the part of DT (catchy acronym) is that he provides a service to the GOP while risking nothing. He is uniquely positioned to get away with it. If Jeb said the same things people would be breaking the points off their pencils crossing him off the list. It would take a lot of the ‘even tempered and unsullied by politics’ shine off. With DT it is win-win. He gets media attention, reinforces his reputation as hard-head and bloviator, and, if it all goes egg-shaped, he has several billion dollars to keep him warm and always on the list for those all important cocktail socials.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    The people who are writing all the comments swearing allegiance to Trump on social media can barely remember anything that wasn’t on Fox “news” the previous evening. And if it happened three years ago? Forget it.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    The people who are writing all the comments swearing allegiance to Trump on social media can barely remember anything that wasn’t on Fox “news” the previous evening. And if it happened three years ago? Forget it.