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. Grady

    Sorry, can't get back in our good graces. Even with your phony retrospection. We saw what you did, heard what you said and we know who you are...i suspect that you will have a hard time selling yourself or any self promoting reality tv show to any network for awhile at least.

    November 27, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think that Mitt Romney affiliating himself with Trump did far more harm to his campaign than the "self deport" remark. That remark was a one-shot, a one time gaffe that could have been easily cleaned up. But, Trump? Trump was a runaway train that was putting a very negative face on the Romney campaign. Let me put it this way. People will remember far more of what Trump said than Paul Ryan, or maybe even Mitt Romney, during the final 3-6 months.

    November 27, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. shawna

    I wish this man would disappear

    November 27, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. apostle14

    LOL! Trump claiming Romney "made it seem like" the republican party was anti immigrant is like claiming the KKK "makes it seem like" they're racist.

    November 27, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney is back to being the politcal pariah that he has always been. The only reason he was catapulted into being the Great White Hope of the GOP is because he was the easy sell-out to the Koch brothers et al, doing their bidding without letting his conscience and common sense get in the way.
    Nobody is consulting him about anything. Most are taking cheap shots at him and insulting his intelligence. Friends and foes are hard to distinguish in this race to displace he who just a couple of short weeks ago would've been King.
    Si la vi.
    Forward America.

    excellent post!

    November 27, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Lucifer1

    I guess if you have enough money you can be as stupid as you want!!!

    November 27, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. dj1s

    Donald ought to know crazy when he sees it....

    November 27, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Over the hill

    I only have another week for my prediction to come true.. I am waiting for Donald to tell us how he would have made a much better candidate and that he would have won, due to his enormous popularity. LOL Once a fool, always a fool.

    November 27, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Rina

    Uh, Uh, Donald. You don't get to soften your stance now. The republican party is very unkind and maniacal in their quest to rid the U.S. of "foreigners". You included. Nobody wants to hear anything you have to say. Your brain-dead self was one of the best things Obama had on his side. You just had to keep talking . . . now you helped the GOP become even more irrelevant. Thank you for all you did for helping Obama win the election – we democrats really appreciate it!!!

    November 27, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Rick

    "Crazy" and "maniacal," is he talking about the "birther" movement?

    November 27, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Linda

    I hope the GOP and Trump are reading all of these GREAT comments. The GOP is so arrogant., they must really miss shoot-em-up-Bush, their leader extrodinaire.

    November 27, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Shared_gum

    Not a fan of Romney (that would be an understatement), but speaking of crazy, I am not sure that Donald has a lot of credibility in calling something or someone using the word.

    CNN, please stop reporting what Donald has to say.

    November 27, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. rs

    Trump hammers Romney's crazy immigration suggestion WHILE ignoring his own "Birther" stupidity.

    See, friends, this is why the GOP is doomed.

    November 27, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Jim

    Doesn't the pharmaceutical industry have a pill for all the stuff that's wrong with this guy yet? Good grief!

    November 27, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Evergreen

    Trump, you are one of the many reasons Romney lost.

    November 27, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Vince

    LOL. Why does anyone care what this man thinks about ANYTHING?

    November 27, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. DJ

    At what point will the media start to ignore this dude?

    November 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. clarke

    Donald, for get about it! IMHO, you are a loud mouth, who is very self serving and really not very bright man, you just like your name in print and hear your self talk.

    November 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. wes

    Donald Trump's real name on his birth certificate is R.P. McMurphy.

    November 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. marie

    Who cares what Donald Trump thinks and says

    November 27, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Joe citizen abroad

    CNN, stop feeding the animals. What Donald Trump says is not news. It's PR for whatever circus act he's promoting at the time.

    November 27, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Zoomie

    I could really CARE LESS what Trumps says or thinks. DUMP TRUMP!

    November 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Lionel

    This man has such a big ego. Is he going to be the new flip-flopper and replace Mitt instead? Why did he not say this during the election, yeah, where is his big announcement about Obama?

    People need to stop watching his show and going to his casinos.

    November 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. rs

    It is interesting- to listen to national Republicans (Trump, McCain, and others), one might think the GOP figured out it lost the election for the Presidency and seats in both houses of Congress because of its wacky agendas- on immigration, abortion, birth control, voting, etc. and wanted to change their ways.

    Yet in GOP controlled states what do we see?

    Kansas- first up, more anti-immigrant laws.
    In Wisconsin- mandatory vaginal ultrasound probes for women seeking abortion.
    In Arizona- an attempt to undo Congressional District maps because GOP candidates lost.
    In Congress- an attempt to link tax revenues to the ACA in the "fiscal cliff" "negotiations".

    These people haven't learned anything. They are still the radical party of pro-rich, pro-White ideology; anti-government; anti-woman; anti-voter's rights that they were before the election.

    I guess we'll just have to vote them out in 2014, and keep doing so until they figure out the date isn't 1920.

    November 27, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. yem

    Why is Trump saying this and that now. He should have said as it was happening.May be Mitt would have corrected his position. Trump himself is abusive to the President. They GOPers including Trump tried hard to go after Obama. When they had no substance,Trump the genius tried again with asking for Obama's transcript etc. Is he a University President? He thinks just because he is rich, he can say anything and do anything. Oh! No! He knows he will never be President of the U.S.A. but he can be a menace to an elected President and of course he can say now anything to a loser Mitt.

    November 27, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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