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. Ted

    The GOP will always have the lock on the party of stupid, but what cracks me up is Romney trying to out-Palin Palin. Mittens hanging around like he was ever relevant is just pathetic.

    November 27, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. california girl

    Look who's talking...another known crazy and maniacal...maybe even worse!!

    November 27, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Not Impressed

    What a panderer! Donald Trump, nobody cares what you think! You've been all over the media supporting Nitwit Romney and now that you have seen that the American people don't like him, or YOU, you start coming back to reality! Just shut up!

    November 27, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. trex

    ...........If there is ONE guy that KNOWS crazy political's the Trumpster.......

    November 27, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Hogan's Goat

    "Donald Trump is contemptible and irritating. Why are you giving him a platform?" Just for laughs. It's fun to see what the defeated losers are telling each other down at the Losers Club these days.

    November 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. John Tighe

    WTF is CNN, a supposedly respected news outlet, talking about Trump at all?
    He has as much credibility as a wino in an alley.

    November 27, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Debby

    Wow talk about turncoating on Romney now. This man is disgusting.

    November 27, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Ron

    Trump calls someone else crazy?

    November 27, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Mitch

    Let's march on New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami....everywhere this clown has a big development and shut them down.

    November 27, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Lisa

    OMG LMAO here, if amyone is crazy its THRUMP, he has become a clown, nothing he says has any merrit anylonger, He is a fat cow. He could do more for himself to go to a fat farm and lost some weight, he looks awful . and I think he has to much fat around his brain. With all his nasty comments he has made about Obama, he has no respect for anyone but himself and he is a disgrace. His opinions mean nothing . only humor and I point and laugh

    November 27, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Andy

    I wished legitimate news organizations like CNN would stop wasting ink on people like Trump, the Kardashians and any other marginal celebrity who have nothing to contribute to society. Every time these so-called celebrities even as much as sneeze, lamestrem media like CNN feels like it has to report on every unintelligible word they mutter. Come on, CNN, you can do better.

    November 27, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. rickp530

    I'm beginning to think that Donald Trump is loosing it as he gets older.

    November 27, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. gregor1971

    If somebody came here illegally, here or she is a criminal. Now, those who were brought here underage is a different story, and they should have a path to residency, but if you broke the law and cut in line in front of tens of thousands who are trying to come legally, you have broken the law and need to be returned to your country of origin. We don't reward criminal activities here in the United States.

    November 27, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Eric

    Lol at Trump calling someone "mean spirited". Pot meet Kettle. Also all of a sudden, the President's birth certificate and college transcript is not important after the election. Tells you how much of a fraud Trump and that "birther" crowd was after all.

    November 27, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. ConsiderThis, FL

    And he endorsed Romney...Go figure.

    November 27, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Evangenital

    Do you know where you stand Mr. Trump? I think you crave attention. Don't you get enough?

    November 27, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Nodack

    A crazy person calling a crazy person crazy. That's crazy.

    November 27, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Rab

    "cut SS payments" as some have suggested is ridiculous simply because Social Security respresents an agreement between the people who have paid into it and the Government who promised the benefits. Those of us who paid into the system did so with the understanding that certain benefits would be paid based on what we paid in. If anyone wants to change this, then change it for the generation not currently receiving benefits. Social Security is not a welfare program. It is paid for with specific taxes that our employers and ourselves have contributed. All the funds paid in are supposed to be secured with bonds. It is our Congress that has taken our money and put it in the general fund and spent it that should be condemed for what they have done to the program. As far as I am concerned you can eliminate Social Security as long as you don't effect those who are 55 or older and will be depending on it. Taking it private would be the simple way to preserve it because that would get billions of dollars out of the hands of Congress who will just spend it. So pay up Congress on all the triilions od dollars you have issued worthless bonds for and put it in a private trust for us and future generations.

    November 27, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. tam

    Whom is Trump calling crazy?! Go away.

    November 27, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Larry L


    I wished legitimate news organizations like CNN would stop wasting ink on people like Trump, the Kardashians and any other marginal celebrity who have nothing to contribute to society. Every time these so-called celebrities even as much as sneeze, lamestrem media like CNN feels like it has to report on every unintelligible word they mutter. Come on, CNN, you can do better.
    And yet you continue to read and comment... Me too...

    November 27, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Bus2Futhur

    The tree doesn't fall to far from the nuts.

    November 27, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Rick in AZ

    One more rat leaving a sinking ship. Trump is a vulgar man.

    November 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. ted

    Romney and Trump – two of the biggest GOP blowhards ever, both irrevelant and harmful to normal Americans. Next blowhard up is Grover Norquist, the defacto leader of the GOP who tries to bully elected representatives into following his pledge whcih he says is not a pledge to him but to the American people but when Cantor and Graham and the rest threaten to tell NOrquist what he can do with the pledge, then it is all about Grover Norquist. Next up, Karl Rove Rush Limbarf and Faux News, all blowhards. The GOP can and must do better than these blowhards.

    November 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. RES

    How many times has trump businesses gone bankrupt? He is morally and ethically bankrupt!

    November 27, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. RobinMO

    Trump certainly knows crazy.

    November 27, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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