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. kenny

    unless you have a relative with the name of sitting bull or runs with wolves, etc, you don't get to say ssshhhhiiitttttt about illegal immigrants and how they "steal" jobs/resources/benefits etc... i know why most of you are scared because you're all so lazy and/or stupid ANYONE can do your job and then you'd become the person you hate (which you already are since all hate is a form of self hate for our own personal failings in life that we can't accept so we project/blame it on others that we feel are worse then us, aka scapegoat) ... stop being losers and blaming others for your pathetic misrable lives, only YOU can make your life better OR worse ...

    November 27, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. elliott c osborne

    Romney lost. We do not need multiple opinions by self-styled experts as to why he did not win. If they know so much or have a real clue it might have surfaced before now. Newt had it correct. He lost because he had too few votes.

    November 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Mark H.

    Must be a new season of the Apprentice getting ready to start and we need some more publicity.

    November 27, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. TheVoice2

    Elizabeth Warren 2016!!

    A champion of the middle class!!!

    November 27, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. elliott c osborne

    When we attend college and graduate let us assume we have a measure of academic intellegence. I really tire of hearing how dull Rice, Holder and Obama are. I do not assume even Palin is stupid. I disagree with her political views but attacking one's mental capacity is so Jim Crow.

    November 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. vicnormal

    Trump calling anyone or anything "Crazy" is both a stretch and a trip for one of the craziest of them all!

    November 27, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Joe the plumber

    All that money, and he cannot even get a quote on integrity.

    November 27, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Donald dump made his money or stole it off the backs of good hard working Americans and has at least four bankruptcies to prove it . He's a slimball tax cheat just like the four time gop loser romney . Thanks gop donors for dumping all your money down the toilet . Didn't you read my post ,gop train wreck coming on Nov 6 with romney Ryan of the gop bafoons party driving and bachmann bring up the rear with rover nitwitquest of the Moslem brotherhood . Now the whole gop is trying to download the subversive gop crook lobbyist rover nitwitquest the Moslem American traitor !!!!!

    November 27, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Rogue351

    An yet another perfect example of how people like Mitt, Donald and the Republican party just don’t get it. It is not a Republican solution or a Democrat solution that America wants. It is a solution that works regardless of whose name is on it. It is not about the party as much as it is about what and how these people in power do the job and conduct themselves.

    November 27, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. JoeSeattle

    Since Romney's left the political arena, he's free to speak in honest terms. Everyone else is still just whispering whatever sweet nothing they think will position them for the next election (Trump included).

    Romney's stance is dead on. All we need to do is stop allowing people to employ illegal immigrants, and, in many cases handing them welfare, and the problem will be solved. Certainly pretending that we can just let anyone anywhere in the 2nd and 3rd world come join the U.S. welfare state any time they feel like it just can't do simple math.

    November 27, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. John the Historian

    Trump and his birther movement have gone down to defeat. Trump needs to start paying for the health insurance of his employees, the few he has. As for Willard I hope he goes to either his mormon cult planet of kolob or goes to Nauvoo, Illinois where he can wait for the fictional Jesus Christ of mormon image and his 3 polygamist wives. It is time the corporate elite give up their bonuses for doing nothing and time for cults like the mormon freemasonry faith to disband. All the prophets of Salt Lake City only worry about their collection plate.

    November 27, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Mark B

    Why is anything Trump says even listened to by news agencies?

    November 27, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Scott

    Donald who?

    November 27, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    It was not any crazier and maniacal than Trump himself. Why does the media even talk to this nut about anything other than what he knows: gambling.

    November 27, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Patines

    The arrogance of this man is disgusting! He doesn't have friends of relatives to talk to?

    November 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Ho ho ho

    I agree with Trump – Romney's immigration plan did make the 'pubs sound hostile and anti-immigrant. Because they are. The party of 'no' is also the party of intolerance to anything/anybody that veers from old white America. Funny thing though, Trump almost single handedly alienated as many voters with his ridiculous 'birther' movement. The guy should have been cast aside years ago.. people like him, Guiliani, rep. King... all babbling baffoons that scare away reasonable people. So I thank you Donald, for helping Obama win : )

    November 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Alfred E. Neuman

    The tired old gas bag never knows when to just shut up!

    November 27, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Pritka

    Every time I read an article about Donald Trump I get mad at myself for doing so. He does not matter and he really never has and it is just a waste of my time to read about him. Barbara Walters was so right when she told him to shut up and stop making a fool of himself.

    November 27, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    I hear so much about Mexicans/Hispanics being illegal and taking peoples jobs, but what about the middle easterners?? They come over here, receive loans, open gas stations and convenience stores, and yet their women and the men clean up on welfare. They have babies every 9 months and they have taken over the Detroit area and suburbs. Why doesn't anyone complain about them?? Last I heard there were no hispanics involved with 9/11.....

    I'm just wondering because I have ZERO problems with hispanics, but I have plenty with middle eastern men and women. They are so disrespectful to people that look like myself. Just wondering why the double standard? I bet this comment gets deleted......

    November 27, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Ian

    "made it seem like the Republican Party was hostile and anti-immigrant."........That's because they are. I believe it was a shakespear saying that goes, "A person should be as they seem." With regards to the Republican party, they are just that!

    November 27, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. steve-0

    Trump is beloved by the idiots of this country. Let the idiots be and let their king fool alone. Trump fulfills a serious need–we know who the morons are.

    November 27, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. macbil

    It's amazing to watch all the Republicans "Monday morning quarterback" the election. Amonth ago they were supporting Romney and now it's..."he was flawed candidate," "didn't think he was going to win," "bad policy proposals," etc. What a bunch of hypocrites and Trump is at the top of the list.

    November 27, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Tom

    Pot, meet kettle.

    November 27, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Pinche

    Don,called someone maniacal. Now that's hysterical! Even Romney seperated himself from this lunatic.

    November 27, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. RapidOne

    Shut it Donald. You are full of it. You supported that immigration stance and now you don't. You're disgusting and worthless to this country.

    November 27, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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