Donald Trump caved to the racists and white nationalists who support him by repeating his promise to deport 16 million people from the US. By doubling down on a racist policy, Trump may have destroyed any remaining chance that he had of winning.
The Trump campaign released a statement that made their position clear:
— Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) August 21, 2016
The issue came up after a Buzzfeed story suggested that Trump had reversed his position on immigration, “Importantly, Trump did not explicitly use the word “legalization” at the meeting, but sources in the room said they feel it is the direction the campaign is going.”
Fuel was added to the fire after Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested that the campaign’s stance of deportation was to be determined. Trump needed to find a new potential source of support for his struggling campaign. He could have done that by moderating on immigration. Instead, he sided with the white nationalists who are the backbone of his campaign and continued down the path towards a crushing defeat.
In a statement about the Trump immigration position drama, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said, “We believe the RNC official in the room, the campaign’s statement after the meeting and the candidate himself that Donald Trump’s immigration plan remains the same as it’s always been: tear apart families and deport 16 million people from the United . One need look no further for confirmation than Donald Trump’s own words and the TV ad released on Friday that’s being lauded by white supremacists.”
Despite the media hoping that Trump would move to the middle so that they could have a competitive election to cover, the truth is that Trump seems hell bent on sticking with his extremist positions while heading for a massive defeat.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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