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. honestmidwest

    He absolutely fully endorsed Romney and now says Romney's plan was "crazy". It has become obvious that the entire Rep. party has turned themselves into a looney circus. They just need to get out of the way – apparently they all are a bit goofy.

    November 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. joey

    just go file another bankruptcy and shut up

    November 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Derek

    Yeah.... and his opinion means so much. I'm surprised he hasn't teamed up with Palin for another 'reality' show.

    November 27, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. John

    DEPORT Donald Trump. NOW.

    November 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Mark

    Funny how The Donald always has something to say about absolutely everything, except real estate.

    November 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. TheRealTrump

    Did he offer Romoney $1M to self-deport? Or they should both do that – destination Uganda!

    November 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    Man, I don't remember this many TOP McCain supporters abandoning him as much as they have Romney. Hell, I can't remember any of McCain's supporters who publicly bashed him after he lost to Obama in 08. That just tells America we dodged a bullet in not electing Romney. Even his supporters were not really supporting him, they just wanted Obama to lose.

    November 27, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Wilson


    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.
    Apparently we do reward criminal activities here in the US.

    November 27, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Someone should check to see if he's going senile.

    November 27, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. TheLivDay

    Lets all self-deport to Europe or where ever we came from.

    November 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. bob

    Another case of "the pot calling the kettle black".

    November 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. wonderabout

    If he knew how many people thought he is an absolute buffoon, he would be more careful not to prove that he is, over and over and over....

    November 27, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. John Craig

    Wow. What else can you say when the donald calls someone ELSE crazy?

    November 27, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. bewhiskered

    But, of course, Trump's insistence that the President was born in Kenya wasn't crazy- right?

    Trump, Trump for all he was worth
    Kept calling for the President's certificate of birth
    How overly portentous
    This host of Apprentice
    Craziest man on the face of the earth!

    November 27, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. asdrel

    Now that the election is over Mr Trump has a negative opinion about one of Mr. Romney's statements? That guy's opinion's are not worth the air he breated spoting them. I beleive he just wants to mouth off so he can get attention. It is somewhat entertaining though to see what kind of ridiculous statement he will make next.

    November 27, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. durundal

    I would like to just point out that at least half of the GOP presidential candidates claimed god had spoken to them and told them to run- hilarious on soo many levels

    November 27, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Russ

    If you want people to believe you love them, you have to do things that show you love them, not just say you love them. I don't think the Republicans have figured that out yet.

    November 27, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    I for one do not understand why liberals complain about granting time and space to right wing extremists like Trump. The more America sees the truth of Donald Trump, all the better for Barack "Who's Sane" Obama.

    November 27, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    This just goes to show you that NONE of these people were ever really FOR Willard, they were just AGAINST President Obama. Truth be told, I don't think any of them even LIKED Willard.

    My question is to the people calling themselves members of the republican party. How will you EVER be able to believe ANYTHING any of them say again??? Do you not have your own minds?? Does someone need to give you an opinion??? Your leaders flat out lied to you and backed a candidate that they hated. Who will they back next and will you be allowed to have your OWN opinion or just the one they have given you?
    Just curious to know......

    November 27, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. julia brown

    Quack! quack! quack says the Donald Duck!

    November 27, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Bryan

    Yes Trump, almost as crazy as your illustrious yet unnatural orange glow or that mess you call a hairdo that looks more like a ferret clinging for dear life to the back of a Harley traveling down the road at 95 MPH!

    November 27, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. ghostriter

    Wait a minute......This is what Trump calls a crazy statement from Romney?

    1st off, this isn't even the craziest thing Romney said on immigration. His wanting to get rid of the Dream Act right before telling republicans to come up with their own version and endorsing Rubio's plan which is similar to Obama's. Though it would seem that Mitt has split personalities the way he flopped constantly, he was just an opportunist.

    Now take Sarah Palin's comments just before the election that God would choose the victor in 2008. God chose. Somehow, Sarah and the rest of the religious right were still upset. Why is that? If it was God's will, they should be at peace with it. But as usual, republicans love to use religion as a weapon of mass distraction.

    November 27, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Wilson

    If he knew how many people thought he is an absolute buffoon, he would be more careful not to prove that he is, over and over and over....
    That's the thing. He has so much money that he does not care what the "peasants" think.

    November 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Bugl3t

    Takes one to know one, don't you think?

    November 27, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    By the way, Romney's final tally in the popular vote is almost 47%.....ironic. Funny, but ironic.

    November 27, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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