Jacob Monty, a former member of Donald Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, speculated on Thursday that Donald Trump was taking a hard line on immigration so that he could build a nativist media empire after he loses the general election.
Following Trump’s immigration speech in Arizona on Wednesday, Monty announced that he had resigned from Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council.
“After I heard that, there was no way I could continue to be part of a prop apparatus for Mr. Trump,” Monty told MSNBC on Thursday. “So, I resigned. And it’s a sad day because I am no fan of Hillary Clinton.”
As for why Trump had doubled down on inhumane immigration policies, Monty said that it was possible that Trump “listens to whoever talks to him last.”
“The other possibility is that maybe he does not want to win,” he added. “Maybe this is a media play. And I feel serious about that.”
“You can usually count on someone’s self-preservation instincts,” Monty explained. “Not only is this the right thing to do, this is the only way that he can win the White House. And that he didn’t follow it suggests to me that maybe winning is not part of the game plan. Maybe this is part of a media play where he wants to create a media empire that will focus on the millions nativists that believe that the country needs to control immigration.”
“And if that’s his play, it will be good and he’ll have millions of followers. But he won’t win the presidency.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 1, 2016.