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. Tom

    Donald Trump is the biggest bozo in the USA. He's way lower than "W," as far as intellect goes, and the second Pres. Bush was scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    November 27, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. realitybites

    The saying I'm very fond of repeating is that " it takes one to know one. "

    November 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Hugh Jass

    Goodbye, Mitt. Strap the dog to your roof and accelerate outta Washington. We don't need you. Your time has come and gone.

    November 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Why are we still wasting time listening to and reading what this mook spouts? We collectively waste hundreds of hours whenever he opens his mouth. His relevancy ended about 20 years ago when he hired Susan Anton to do commercials for his casinos and resorts.

    November 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. fernace

    The man who was the voice for the Birther Movement & tried to start a revolution to block Obamas re-election has no business calling Romney or any1 else maniacal! They are both rich, out of touch, mean spirited men who needs to go away & leave us alone! If this is what happens to a person when they have more money than they can ever use, then I would never aspire to become rich! I'll take my lot in life & consideration of other humans, before this type of nonsense!!

    November 27, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. tonyl

    The fact is that Trump himself is crazy foool. Trump going after Obama for birth certificate was more crazy then Romney trying to self deport illegals. The GOP Repugs are mostly crazy and out of touch from reality. They do not represent the main steam of Americans. There is a changing demographics in America with new issues in people's lives, which are more important then protecting 1% rich or trying to control women and men in their bed rooms. Most of the leaders in the GOP have only have one agenda so far, to obstruct Obama at any cost to the nation. Even now after losing the election they seem not to have learn the lesson or understand the message American have sent to them. They are becoming a insignificant party of the past.

    November 27, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. scooter

    Just solidifies my belief that the GOP is anti-minority.

    November 27, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Crazy and maniacal sound like perfect adjectives to describe Trump and anyone who listens to this blowhard.

    November 27, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Bob

    Yeah right! The 2012 election is now history. Romney lost and Obama won. Now let us focus on rebuilding our economy for the next four years. The 2016 election is four years down the road. "If you don't get it, you don't get it."

    November 27, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Four words for Tramp: DIAF

    November 27, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. POD

    GOP......home the to the rich, white, old, homphobic, racist dinosaurs of America

    November 27, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Trump has his clothing line manufactured in China by slave labor. He has his cologne, which smells like ego, made by Christine O'Donnell, in a cauldron. He refused to produce his own long form birth certificate, but rather a hand drawn replica he "found in his desk".

    November 27, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Calidip

    The Obama administration didn't have to say anything about immigration, and just let the GOP talk about immigration. The GOP sunk their own boat, and all the democrats had to do was sit back, watch, and say nothing.

    November 27, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Larry L

    As Republicans continue to throw Romney under the bus... Republicans ran an anti-women, anti-minority, anti-47%, anti-science, anti-poor, anti-corporate regulation, anti-environment, anti-healthcare, anti-media (except Fox News), anti-labor, anti-teachers, anti-fire-fighters, anti-gay, anti-contraception, and even anti-Big Bird campaign. Romney wouldn't even give us any specifics on what economic changes he actually proposed – flip-flopping on every issue or avoiding a complete response. Why would anybody be surprised he lost?

    November 27, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Indie in VA

    Trump calls somebody else crazy? That's–amusing.

    November 27, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Lavon

    Trump calling ANYONE else crazy is an oxymoron, kind of like Santa Claus calling the Easter bunny fat.

    November 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. BD70

    Trump, Grover and Romney all need to go in the same throwaway bucket.

    November 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. nothing new here

    Mr. Trump – please tone it down.

    November 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. PJ

    One loser criticizing another loser. I thought we were rid of these two egotistical blimps. Good grief, give it a rest
    Trump. You won't be an Ambassador anywhere, thank goodness.

    November 27, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Tex71

    But the Republican Party IS hostile and anti-immigrant.
    And crazy and maniacal, too, and delusional.

    November 27, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. bad hairpiece

    Hypocritical republican now bashing the one he supported. Trump would've been kissing Romney's butt and leading the raids against immigrants if Romney had won.

    I just don't know how a man with such terrible judgement to choose Romney and wear his hair like that can make such vast sums of money. Dam, you know what I do know why...the systems rigged in their favor.

    November 27, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Isn't there something about a pot and kettle? Who cares!

    November 27, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. jim

    Trump is an idiot – just ignore

    November 27, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. idiophobia

    and this is why i am a libertarian

    November 27, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Richard

    It seems now that the President got reelected by a landslide Trump will now start to suck up to the President. This guys balls know no bounds!

    November 27, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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