It seems as if any product you buy these days comes with a warning label. Whether it’s a drug, a children’s toy or a folding chair, warning labels caution us against possible risks associated with the use of a product. For the most part, warning labels are mandated by law to protect the consumer.
Donald Trump should be required by the Federal Election Commission to carry a warning label, or disclaimer, printed conspicuously across his forehead: WARNING: Everything I say is subject to 100% reversal. Anything that comes out of my mouth, which has any relationship to the truth, is purely coincidental.
One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises has been his unequivocal, unambiguous forced deportation of the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
At a primary campaign rally in Iowa on November 12, 2015, Trump could not have been clearer:
“I’m tougher on illegal immigration than anybody. That’s what I’m saying we have to take people that are here illegally and we have to move them out and you know what, it’s going to be done, it’s going to be done, it’s going to work and now even the other candidates are saying, ‘you know what, I think he’s right.’ They don’t know, we have to do it.”
Trump’s tough stance against illegal immigrants was a major draw for the many Republican voters who made him their party’s nominee. They bought into a product (Trump) that called for no amnesty, no pussyfooting, no exceptions and no way Jose.
But now that Trump is his party’s presidential nominee, there is a “softening” (some might say reversal) taking place on his no compromise deportation stance.
During a town hall meeting yesterday hosted by Fox News, Sean Hannity asked Trump if he would change current parts of the law to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the U.S.
“There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump answered. “We want people — we have some great people in this country.”
“So you have somebody who’s been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, and everything else,” Trump said. “Do we take him and the family and her and him or whatever and send him out?”
How this new kinder, gentler approach resonates with Trump’s diehard supporters remains to be seen.
Trump supporters beware! If Trump can “soften” on something as fundamental to his campaign as mass deportations, nothing Trump says or has said is safe. What’s next – a softening on TPP? Will the huge wall be scaled down to a decorative fence?