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. Mittens Rmoney

    Why is everyone picking on me since I lost the election? It isn't fair!

    November 27, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. woodin59

    Gotta love it folks.....Romney was the political messiah to the GOP and now he's become the toss of choice for under the bus. At least he has company....George W.

    November 27, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Obama2012

    The plan was crazy and maniacal because Romney is crazy and maniacal. Trump is crazy and maniacal too!

    November 27, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Peter

    Whether Trump knows it or not, he helped tank Romney's chances for election.

    2012 was a bumper crop year for nuts within the Republican Party. . Todd Aiken ("a woman's body shuts down after a rape"); Richard Mourdock ("It is God's will to have a baby after you have been raped"); Paul Broun ("evolution and the big bang theory are lies from the pit of hell"); Ralph Hall ("I don't think we can control what God controls") Bill Maher said "then why put out a fire?". Not to mention Rick Santorum ("I would like to ban condoms"), Michelle Bachmann (quotes too numerous to mention), and a host of assorted Republican birthers and conspiracy theorists where even the most laughable theory is accepted as fact. See Donald Trump.

    I really believe that enough of mainstream America got spooked by the fact that this freak show parade would follow Mitt into the White House.

    November 27, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. w l jones

    So lone Mr. Trump keep the Media zeroing in on him and away from you knowwho in the Republican party he durning the country a great service.

    November 27, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Mancy Graice

    He didn't make the GOP "seem" anti-immigrant. They ARE anti-immigrant and hostile, Mitt spoke the truth about his tea party puppeteers.

    November 27, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    I find it laughable that Trump would call anyone crazy or maniacal. With his record the best thing he can do is keep his mouth shut.

    November 27, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Keyser

    And Romney wasn't elected???????!!!!???.... Wha....???

    November 27, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Betsy T.

    "Crazy" eh Mr. Trump? Takes one to know one.

    November 27, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Pam from Iowa

    From one crazy to another!!!
    Ha Ha! Thanks for my laugh for the day!!

    (Trump calling anyone crazy just about makes me pee my pants!!!)

    November 27, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    Can we get Trump to self deport?

    November 27, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Michael Reilly

    Donald Trump? Really? Didn't he totally disgrace himself with his birther rants and lame stunts? He has no standing as a political pundit other than comic relief. Enough of this dribble, his need for the spotlight is his only reason for commenting. Please print interviews from actual political experts, not the drivel from this clown.

    November 27, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    At the very least, we have one republican stating that it was a republican himself that caused his problems. At least he didn't blame the media for misconstruing Romney's anti-immigrant stances.

    November 27, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. GrogInOhio

    I'm wondering at what point the GOP starts understanding that it's their lousy policies that give them lousy candidates and not the reverse...

    November 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Steve

    " 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."

    Uh, no I would say the GOP is clueless not only with this issue but countless others. I find it odd how try so hard to be something they aren't. And countless people line up behind them also trying to portray themselves as something they are not. Isn't that what we call hypocrisy? I thought so, just checking. Trump and Romney are masters at it.

    November 27, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. TM

    The Celebrity Spokesman for BIRTHERISM is calling someone ELSE "crazy"?! Donald, PLEASE review the following terms "glass house", "throwing", and "stone". And do it somewhere out of public view.

    November 27, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. pprty

    Got news for ya Trump – you're crazier!

    November 27, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. john

    Wonder why CNN gives Trump a bully pulpit. The guy is fringe and his opinions self serving and irrelevant. The guy is also obnoxious and repulsive. Wish they would not report on his opinions.

    November 27, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. ginwater

    Some of the people in GOP believe Trump can be a good president as he has business background. GOP should let Trump run for president in 2016 and someone from Tea party for VP. That will be the end of the party.

    November 27, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. phearis

    Isn't it funny how now all the Teapublicans abandoning ship because their boy lost.

    November 27, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. gordyb

    Trump will never show his tax returns to the public.

    November 27, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    @ 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.

    That's funny.

    November 27, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Drilloro

    I miss Dubya 🙂

    November 27, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. EMMA

    LOOOORRRD! Why is Trump still talking? Really?

    November 27, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Lee Downie

    Thoughtful people just don't care what Donald Trump thinks.

    November 27, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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