Trump hammers Romney's 'crazy' immigration suggestion
November 27th, 2012
08:21 AM ET
9 years ago

Trump hammers Romney's 'crazy' immigration suggestion

(CNN) – The now-infamous 'self-deportation' policy proposal from Mitt Romney was "crazy" and "maniacal," real estate magnate Donald Trump said in an interview published online Tuesday.

The former Romney backer said the suggestion, made during a GOP primary debate in January, made it seem like the Republican Party was hostile and anti-immigrant.

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"He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal," Trump said in the interview with the conservative website NewsMax. "It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote."

Romney's suggestion involved making economic conditions so difficult for undocumented workers that they choose to leave the country to find better opportunities. That stance was derided both by Democrats and his Republican rivals.

The 2012 GOP nominee often sought to balance his positions in ways that appealed both to Hispanic voters and the base of the Republican Party. In December, he vowed to veto the DREAM Act if he became president, saying instead he would support a path to residency – not citizenship – for undocumented immigrants who served in the military, but not other DREAM Act proposals.

Later, Romney gave a more detailed version of his stance, telling supporters at a fund-raiser in Florida that Republicans needed to offer their own version of the DREAM Act.

In the November 6 election, 27% of Latinos cast ballots for Romney, compared to 31% who voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008 and 44% who supported George W. Bush in 2004, according to exit polls. Seventy-one percent of Latinos voted for President Barack Obama in 2012.

In the interview Tuesday, Trump said Obama and Democrats were still without a clear immigration policy, but had adopted a friendlier tone in discussing immigration issues.

"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 said. "They didn't know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind."

He also said Republicans had yet to develop clear proposals that "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."

The real estate developer and reality television show host was a leading voice of the "birther" movement during the campaign, which questions Obama's birthplace and his eligibility to be president. After the election was called for Obama, he urged his sizable Twitter following to "march on Washington and stop this travesty."

"Fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice," he also wrote, claiming the country was now in "serious and unprecedented never before." Trump has since deleted the revolution missive.

Trump himself was slated to moderate a GOP presidential primary debate with NewsMax in December, but pulled out after only two candidates – former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – agreed to participate. He flirted with a run for the White House, vowing to put pressure on Obama to release his birth certificate, but said in May he was going to eschew a run to remain a businessman.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rudy NYC

    I for one do not understand why liberals complain about granting time and space to right wing extremists like Trump. The more America sees the truth of Donald Trump, all the better for Barack "Who's Sane" Obama.

    I, for one, would like to see the Republican leadership start taking control of it's party, Rudy. What is left of the GOP is childish to the extreme. It's time for a Republican/TeaPer intervention.

    BTW: Love the Barack "Who's Sane" Obama. Thank goodness 51% of America saw through GOPerville talking point B.S.

    November 27, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Pete

    To a lot of you posters that are screaming foul saying illegals should be arrested and deported..Just how many of you knew if your own decendents who came from other countries came here legally or not,quit being hypocrites when you yourselves may be from illegal lineage yourself,try being in their place and show some compassion because it getting rare these days and most immigrants as my forefathers,mothers help built this country as Irish immigrents who came here hundreds of years ago..My lineage is related to George Washington so I know where I'm from,do you!!

    November 27, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. dictator

    Obama is a bad man. He say nice things and then do opposite. Worst in my lifetime

    November 27, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. skeetz1234

    Romney lost, isnt even interested in why he lost or how he lost. Bottom line, Romney was yesterday's news.

    November 27, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. New Moon Rising

    why oh WHY ... does any media outlet or Newspaper give Donald Trump the light of day with time or signifigance.. we could Pull any old crazy person out of a psychiatric hospital tht happens to have money and they would make as much sense or maybe even more sense than 'the Doanld" ...

    November 27, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. alien

    Self deportation? About as silly as trumps birther comments

    November 27, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Oneslydragon

    And with a straight face Trump supported Romney ALL the way on ALL of his vague and ambiguous policy plans. So the Donald is maybe saying, YOU'RE FIRED MITT!

    That said, Donald, take a flying leap you blow hard.

    November 27, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. dee

    Trump says of Romney "He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal" yet he still supported him! Who is the maniacal idiot??? Look in the mirror Donald

    November 27, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Montana dude

    You know that Willard could have won this election. If he released all 10 years of his tax returns. Now old Willard is just a footnote in political history.

    November 27, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Donald in CA

    Thump and romney deserve each other, enough said.

    November 27, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. tim

    Mitt Romneys "Self-Deportation" IS crazy. What would cause illegal immigrants to flee the U.S., or self deport? Maybe just the threat of getting deported? That seems silly to me because either way they would be deported, and why not do it for free? What about no work? Maybe, but it still doesn't add up because the jobs they get here are still way better than in Mexico. They would still have a better shot here in the U.S. if they couldn't find a job. So what else could it be? It sounds to me like they would be severely oppressed which is what we fight against as a nation every single day. Oppression of a people is wrong, no matter if they are illegal immigrants or not. They are human beings afterall and the sanest action would be doing what Obama wants, let them all stay and gain citizenship and work on closing the border, NOT simply trying to get rid of them. This is why Romney didn't win.

    November 27, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Paul

    Typical of Trump. The second Romney lost, Trump turned on him. If Romney had won, Trump would be banging his chest, saying, "See, I told you he would be elected". My suggestion to Trump is to run for president and see if the people are buying into his own crazyness.

    November 27, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Wow, Wow, Wow,......
    Hypocrisy at the high level:
    I Support you with my Heart and Wallet.
    If You Lose, I trough You Under the Bus!.
    Hey, and Trump dream to be USA President!. No Way Joe…..

    November 27, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    The scariest thing about this election is that a lying, spineless, flip flopper had 47% of the votes. That is ABSOLUTELY terrifying. All they have to do now is get better at keeping their mouths shut and they might win in 2016. Though I don't think the election will be that close next time around UNLESS the Dems come up with another very, very intelligent black man.....

    November 27, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. mocvdengineer

    The more these type of stories continue the better educated Americans become. Perhaps a new Ronald Reagen may appear, but it will take many many years.

    November 27, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |

    Congratulations MiTTromps,..........

    You got the Magic number....47%, yes 47%, yes 47%, 47%, yes 47%, yes 47%,47%, yes 47%, yes 47%

    November 27, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    Obama is a bad man. He say nice things and then do opposite. Worst in my lifetime
    Examples, please, and give some that can be verified by something other than Uncle Rupert's propaganda network.

    November 27, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. ray

    america has a lot of cowards but donald is the king of them all, why this fake hair coward didnt speak up during the republican primary? hhahah coward donald you are not just a coward but a racists and yes a immigrant hater like the rest on the right so dont pretend now.

    November 27, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. BeadlesAz

    Trump calling someone "crazy and maniacal" means he was looking in the mirror.

    November 27, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Coflyboy

    After all this support for Romney, now we even have Trump flipfloppin'. Typical Republican extremist behavior.

    November 27, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. sarge from Utah

    Trump, of course is sane....

    November 27, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Hogan's Goat

    Trump stood to gain trillions from legislation Romney hoped to introduce allowing ultra-rich banksters to round up their interest and stuff like that. Now they want to know why they gave him those millions and got nothing back. They paid, and they want their trillions now.

    November 27, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Sarah Palin

    We should listen to Trump. If anyone knows crazy it's him...

    November 27, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. ray

    mawlawi has more courage that then entire republican party and yes the kkk's on the right

    November 27, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. G8R

    Why does this man still think we care what he thinks?

    November 27, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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