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. rtrMicky

    And this is the kettle calling the pot crazy! That's just funny!

    November 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. ingyandbert

    Shows you how much Trump knows about immigration. Obama deported more illegal immigrants in his first 3 years than Dubya did in two terms.

    November 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. S.R.K

    Trump is the GREATEST – the greatest ego (alongside the smallest brain), the meanest of the meanest (whatever that means) and a liar and a cheat. Just think of how he short changed all the poor workers who built his Tajmahal casino, by claiming bankruptcy. They were paid pennies on the dollar. How does this man sleep at night after robbing and cheating and lying all his life?

    November 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    Even though I didn't vote for nor support Romney, I think it's pretty crappy that all those GOPers that were supposed to be behind him are now throwing him under the bus. Why didn't "the Donald" come out and say how he really felt when he claims he supported Ronmey and had his back? He was too busy trying to make news for himself with his stupid birther comments and 5million dollar offers to the president. I guess John Sununu who has semmed to have gone into hiding since the election will be the next to come out and slam Romney as well.

    November 27, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Sitting Duck

    Why is Mr. Trump given credibility and allowed to spew his malicious nonsense at will? CNN is not a news network, it is pandering to the profit margin and CNN's impact is to mis-inform and inflame the casual consumer of "news" and aggravate and malign those of us who are hungry for intelligent dialogue. You will rarely get news and intelligent discussion on CNN–Fareed's GPS is a very rare example of legitimate analysis and worthy discussion. The Donald's level of discourse is the Poster Child of "The Most Trusted News" that CNN calls itself. Oh, Ted Turner, you must be weeping over what CNN has become.

    November 27, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Peace

    If I were a republican I could have quited the party today, today. They are calling each other crazy. They don't know who is more crazier than the other. The party full of crazies??? Unbelievable!

    November 27, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Margo

    Trump and Romney are both lunatics.

    November 27, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Vladimir G

    I wish Mitt Romney knew that you cannot go to the US military without a Green Card:)

    November 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. plain&simple

    Let's go forever and not put this man in the news! He knows nothing about humanity and what it is to be empathetic.

    November 27, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Meg

    "Hostile" and "Maniacal"- that's rich coming from him!!! And the gifts just keep on coming............

    November 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Mr. D

    I wonder if his brain coordinates with his mouth...this is guy is full of you know what

    November 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Kent

    Why are we still talking to this guy?!?!?

    November 27, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Thomas

    Celebrity !
    Donalds New show on the compassion channel ," Your Deported " .
    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."

    November 27, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    I'm no Willard fan at all, but I find it very hypocritical of Donald the combover king Chump and others that supported him to now turn on him. If you felt this way why did you stand next to him, support him and then tried foisting him off on the American people? You and the rest of the GOP KNEW Willard wasn't presidential material, yet you did everything in your power to tear President Obama down and make this loser our next POTUS.


    I'm surprised sparks didn't shoot out of my fingers for taking Willards side. Will wonders never cease.....

    November 27, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Dave A

    White trash with money. Dangerous...both of those empty suites

    November 27, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Yeahona

    Uh, it wasn't just Romney.... sorry to burst your bubble Donald!

    November 27, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. enuff

    Poor Romney – he's finding out just who his real friends are. None of which he thought supported his candidacy.

    November 27, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Matt Sewell

    Someone needs to put this old dog down.

    November 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Terry From Spring HIll

    Well, Trump knows from Crazy and Maniacle!

    November 27, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. steve

    Trump is bored with life, so he likes to play politics and insult people as a hobby.

    November 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Laurie in Spokane

    Trump calling Romney crazy? I guess Trump the Chump hasn't looked in the mirror lately to see what crazy actually looks like, not to mention bad hair.........

    November 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. John H ATL

    Wow, Donald. What incredible insight! So, "self deportation" talk might have lost a lot of Latino votes? Do you think? With such breathtaking insight and analytical prowess, why didn't Mitt get you to run his campaign? Oh that's right, you did think you were running his campaign. All that birther talk, college transcript nonsense, what a valuable contribution you made! The "revolution" talk after the election. My oh my. Keep up the good work and just focus on the congressional races next time. With help like that we could have a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress. Now I don't speak for the Democratic Party, but keep up the good work. You're doing a terrific job!

    November 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. jw

    CNN – Stop giving Trump a mic and web/air space. This goes for all news agencies. He will never stop as long as you keep reporting on what the clown has to say. He is, at best, a successful businessman but his comments are toxic as is his personality. Just stop giving him the attention he thinks he deserves.

    November 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. kevin

    They didn't seem hostile to immigrants....they were hostile! Not just to immagrants but to the poor, the middle class, the veterans, to everyone but the 1%. Suck on this loss Donald...suck on this travesty!

    November 27, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. janer52

    who cares what trump thinks? or does he (think)?

    November 27, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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