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. Darth Cheney

    Now why would anyone think the Republicans are hostile and anti-immigrant? Could it be because they are hostile and anti-immigrant?

    November 27, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Grahame Rhodes

    Then there is the new Donald Trump Doll. You wind it up and it stabs you in the back

    November 27, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. pk

    Another buffoon...Trump..

    November 27, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Hogan's Goat

    Get lost, Mitt. Get lost, Trump. Get lost, GOP. Sore losers all.

    November 27, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. harrisonhits2

    The Republicans are extremely anti-immigrant. Trump is no longer relevant anyway except in his own little twitter-verse

    November 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    New Rule: Donald Trump is a proxy moron.

    November 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. luvUamerica

    He must be losing a lot of customers. So, he is trying to redemm himself. This is the guy who chamioned among other things, the birther movement, the "kick the mexicans" out of this country movement etc. etc. Little does this buffoon know many of the people who keep his empire afloat are the very people he wants to victimize.

    November 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Yolie Scott

    I agree with Hogan's Goat comment, he couldn't say it better.

    November 27, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Linda

    All the GOP are is old men, that talk to empty chairs. I can't wait for the next election – get all the GOP out and send them home.

    November 27, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Expat American

    The GOP is hostile and anti-immigrant?
    Really? I can’t believe my ears!

    November 27, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Mike Gonzales

    Trump chose to remain a business man because he knows he doesn't have the qualifications to be POTUS. Now, he has to eat his own worthless words.

    November 27, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. ghostriter

    Whenever you have somene as crazy as Trump saying some else is crazy......well you have yourself a crazy combo. Throw in a side of Bachmann and you got a meal.

    November 27, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Joe the plumber

    Romney Trump, whats the difference?

    November 27, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. KC Yankee

    " . . . made it seem like the Republican Party was hostile and anti-immigrant."

    Do you think?

    November 27, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. snowdogg

    The 'self-deportation' policy proposal would have about as much chance of success as Americans giving up their gas-guzzling SUV's and trucks voluntarily... ain't gonna happen.

    November 27, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Gary

    Wow! Pot meet Kettle, Kettle meet Pot.

    November 27, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |

    Trump was trumped, actually I hope he just slinks away and we never hear from him again.

    November 27, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. petena

    Trump will not be reading any of your posts. He will though read his ratings. That is why I do NOT WATCH ANY OF HIS SHOWS any more. Those are POSTS he is sure to receive.

    November 27, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. JDub81

    You put rats in a barrel together and before long they'll turn on each other.

    November 27, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Sid Prejean

    Who's still interviewing this guy?

    November 27, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. California Gary

    When Trump calls you are scoring really high on the crazometer.

    November 27, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. alpinedon

    Ummmm.....Mr Trump. Hate to tell you sir, but the republican party IS hostile and anti-immigrant. It's pretty obvious. But hey, Trump calling Romney's plan as crazy is like Marcel Marceu telling a monk on a vow of silence that he talks too much.

    November 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    " new Donald Trump Doll. You wind it up and it" OMG – I haven't heard a doll joke since 1969. Remember the doctor doll? You wind it up and it operates on batteries.

    November 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Hillcrester

    I vaguely recall this Romney fellow, but who is "Trump"?

    November 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. DENNA

    The Republicans are hostile to minorities and immigrants. Unfortunately, the voting public has matured and moved on. Too bad no one told the GOP/Tea Party. They are viewed as racists because they didn't seem to care about spending and the deficit until we elected an African American president. If I remember correctly, Darth Cheney opined that "deficits don't matter". George Bush got a limitless credit card to run this country and no one cared. Suddenly, when Barack Obama was elected, everything has to be paid in cash. The GOP majorly embarassed themselves during the campaign, pretty much assuring that the adults in America would reward President Obama with a second term. I can only say "thanks"! 🙂

    November 27, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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