GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump might have a softening on his immigration policies, though pundits can’t decide if it is an actual policy reversal or a tone shift.
Trump told Fox News on Monday morning that he isn’t flip-flopping, rather he’s coming up with a deportation and immigration “process” he hopes will be “fair and firm.”
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN, Sunday that they weren’t exactly clear on the details, saying they’re “to be determined.”
Host Carol Costello cited Trump’s lackluster poll numbers showing Trump trailing Clinton with Hispanic voters by 46 points and asked if that made Ana Navarro more open to Trump and his policies.
Navarro wasn’t having any of it, saying she’s already seen the way Trump talks about Latinos and immigrants.
“As far as I’m concerned, he burned those bridges a long, long time ago,” she said. “You don’t get to start over two and a half months before an election. You just don’t get to erase the things that you have said for over a year.”
She referenced Trump’s announcement speech in which he called Mexicans rapists and said that they bring crime into the United States as well as banning prominent Latino journalists.
“He hasn’t given one interview to Univision or Telemundo,” she said, recalling the time Trump kicked Jorge Ramos and José Díaz-Balart out of events.
“He has focused, laser-focused, really based his campaign on attacking Hispanics, attacking immigrants like piñatas,” she continued. “I don’t hear him ever talk about the positive stories about immigration.”
Instead, she said, Trump stands next to notorious racists like Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who is known for targeting Latinos. “And goes on to give one of the longest speeches, nomination acceptance speeches in history where he focuses on all the bad things that some immigrants that have come here have done, not any of the positive stuff.”
Navarro admits that Latinos don’t vote as a single voting bloc and that immigration isn’t a single issue that drives their support or their votes.
“I respect their choice,” she said of the Latinos who stand with Trump. “Now, I will tell you, I will stand with the other 85 percent of Latinos for whom Trump is just not an acceptable option, you don’t get to beat us like piñatas for a year and then come back at the last minute and try to make nice. Too late.”
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