Donald Trump’s evolving stance on immigration has some Republicans pissing their panties
Let’s talk about immigration.
Everybody has their own dog in the fight. It’s a fight that has been going on for years. There is a certain section of the Republican base who have a very hardline stance on immigration. If you’re here illegally, you gotta go. No ifs, ands, or buts. If you are a candidate for president, you have to walk a very fine line on the subject. If you are in a state that doesn’t really give a crap about immigration, you can say whatever you want.
But if you are in a state where illegal immigration is an problem, you gotta walk that line. The issue can make or break your campaign. It happened with Romney, it happened with McCain. Remember, Marco Rubio got torched for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. I don’t think he got torched because he supported it, he got torched because he wasn’t man enough to say, “Yes, I was for the bill because it was the best option at the time given what was happening with Obama and the Democrats. But now I regret my support and I think we need a better plan.” Rubio wavered, he waffled. It was kinda like when John Kerry was for the war before he was against it.
Here comes Donald Trump saying we’re going to build a wall, Mexico’s going to pay for it and anyone who is here illegally will be deported. Now, as we get closer to the general election, his language is a little softer. When Trump recently held a meeting with several Latino leaders, websites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed speculated whether this meant he was going full on amnesty. Whether he was going to be a flip-flopper ala John Kerry.
But that wasn’t the case. Instead, he said criminals who are here illegally will be deported. Sanctuary cities will be a thing of the past. If you are already here illegally, and you commit crimes, you will be the first ones rounded up and sent back to where you came from. But if you abide by the law and are responsible and want to contribute to our country, there will be process where you can register and be brought back legally and expeditiously. But you can’t vote until you have gone through this process and have become a fully naturalized citizen. This is the proposal that was worked out between Trump and the Latino leaders.
When this news came out, all the people who had a different dog in the fight were livid. They thought that the only reason Trump won the primary was because of his hardline immigration stance. But that wasn’t the case. Trump won because of a number of factors, including name recognition and likabilty. I laugh when I hear people like Meghan McCain, S.E. Cupp and Mark Levin grumble about the cult of personality that elected Trump, saying they only voted for him because he was likable and famous.
Nobody is going to win if people don’t like them. This notion that disgruntled Republicans whose favorite candidate lost have that people vote strictly on the issues is absolutely ridiculous. It’s all about personality and connecting with voters. That’s all it has ever been about. That’s why Jeb Bush was blown out early, because he has the personality of a wet sock.
When there were 15 candidates on the debate stage, everybody pretty much had the same positions. Donald Trump stood out because he had personality. The people who are disgruntled are upset because Trump basically has the same position on immigration that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio had, and his supporters still love him. That’s why it’s hilarious to see Jeb coming out and saying how disgusted he is with Trump’s softer immigration stance. It’s like Jeb did everything he could to become popular, but voters rejected him because they didn’t like him. Meghan McCain whines that Donald Trump has the same position that her father John McCain had on immigration, so why are people supporting Trump? Because voters didn’t like your dad, Meghan. They liked the cool black dude.
How did Bill Clinton get away with getting head in the Oval Office and lying about it? How does he get away with being a serial cheater? How does he get away with doing things that are worse than Trump has ever done? Because people like him. Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are really two peas in the same pod when it comes to cheating on women, but the difference is Bill Clinton stayed married because of his wife’s political ambitions.
Why do people adore Bill Clinton and call Trump a misogynist scumbag? The cult of personality. People like Bill Clinton. They don’t care what he did with cigars and vaginas. Ronald Reagan is revered to this day, despite the Iran-Contra scandal. Because people loved the old bastard. Voters will forgive transgressions if they like the candidate. How is this a revelation?
My take on immigration? Immigration is different than it was 30 years ago. When people came to this country, they wanted to assimilate. They strived to become as Americanized as possible. I’ve talked about this before. My grandmother, cousin and brother-in-law all were born in Italy. After a few years in America, you couldn’t tell that they weren’t from this country. They spoke English with nary a trace of Italian dialect. Now you have people who have been here for years and you still can’t understand them because they speak with such thick accents. Ana Navarro, anyone?
The problem most people have with immigrants now is that they refuse to assimilate. They know that if they are here illegally and they break the law, they won’t be deported. It wasn’t like that before. That’s the problem with liberals. They constantly move the goalpost. Things that people were fine with 30 years ago are not fine now, because liberals have pushed issues so far to the left that they are unreasonable. Laws that were followed 30 years ago aren’t followed now.
Politics really has nothing to do with policy. It all has to do with the person. That’s why people with a hardline position on immigration like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham have accepted Trump’s softened stance. They like Trump, and so do millions of other people. People who are upset at Trump’s immigration evolution are disgruntled because their candidate who had the same stance lost. Meghan McCain, Mark Levin, S.E. Cupp, Charlie Sykes, etc. are not going to accept Trump now or ever, because the candidate that they liked got beaten. Instead, they are going to call Trump a flip-flopper and his supporters crazy, simply because they don’t like the man. Because he called their candidate Lyin’ Ted and Mr. Low Energy. And the left? Fuhgeddaboudit. They are never going to accept Trump, no matter how much he evolves.
What is all comes down to is the 4 or 5 million swing voters in states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan who see Trump’s immigration evolution and think, “OK. I guess Trump’s not a racist after all. He’s not a xenophobe like the media says he is. He’s not going to throw my Mexican gardener out of the country. I definitely don’t like Hillary, so I’m gonna go with Trump.”
Disgruntled Republicans like Meghan McCain, S.E. Cupp, Mark Levin and Charlie Sykes don’t matter. They will continue to blast Trump right through to the election. They will never get on board the Trump Train. The tweeners matter. If Trump can get those middle voters in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, he’s got this thing locked up.
I like Donald Trump, despite his softened stance on immigration. I didn’t like Rubio, I despised Ted Cruz and I thought Jeb Bush a boring dork. Never Trumpers need to get hip to the fact that for voters, it’s not all about the issues. It’s about personality and likability. Millions of people like Donald Trump, and that’s why he will be our next president.
Deal with it.
From 8-26-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F