Trump’s makeover no more convincing than his combover

(AP)

(AP)

The steely-eyed , stern-jawed author of the best-selling “Art of the Deal” is heading to Mexico City today, which means that by nightfall we ought to have Mexico’s abject surrender.

After all, we’ve been promised that Donald Trump and his “best people” won’t be pushed around by these other countries, not gonna happen, not any more.  Mexico has been “killing us, they’re killing us at the border, they’re killing us on trade,” Trump says, because they’re smart and we have weak, stupid negotiators — “losers!!”

But when he’s in charge, all that will change.

Sure, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called the idea of a wall absurd. Sure, he has likened Trump’s rise to that of Hitler and Mussolini, who used economic discontent and bigotry as a means to power. But today, confronted by the orange magnificence of Trump in person, Peña Nieto will no doubt collapse like a birthday piñata, showering goodies all over the American people.  Tonight, when Trump speaks in Arizona, he’ll no doubt be waving a signed promise by Peña Nieto to abandon NAFTA, stop the remittances of money across the border, build the 40-foot wall and of course pay for it as well.

Or maybe not.

The confident, snarling Trump of the Republican primaries, the man who insisted that “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” has suddenly turned weak, uncertain and vacillating. “There certainly can be a softening, because we’re not looking to hurt people,” he told a nodding Sean Hannity on Fox last week.

“So you have somebody that’s been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, has a job, everything else,” Trump said. “OK. Do we take him and the family, her or him or whatever, and send them out? Are they gone? …. Do we tell these people to get out, number one, or do we work with them and let them stay in some cases?”

Two days later, Trump condemned the media for even suggesting that there might be a softening of his position.

“I don’t think it’s a softening,” he said. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”

As Trump has reminded us countless times, immigration has a high profile in this campaign because he alone put it there. This is the structure upon which he built his entire primary campaign, feeding his followers nonsensical promises about building an impenetrable wall that Mexico would be forced to finance, about deporting the 11 million illegal immigrants already here, taking their “anchor babies” with them.

“They’re gonna be gone so fast if I win, your head will spin.”

It was ugly, and when the venom that Trump spewed from the podium was reflected back to him by his crowds, he reveled in it, basked in it like a serpent sunning itself on a rock. These people who came here illegally were killers, rapists, drug dealers, he said, and those few who didn’t fall into those categories were leaches drawn here to suck on the blood of American taxpayers.

But these days, facing a general election, that ugliness is less useful to him. Support among Hispanics has of course tanked, despite Trump’s claims that “the Hispanics, they love me!” The number of people willing to support him in the black community has dropped so low that at this point, you could practically name them all individually.

But in Trump’s calculus, that was to be expected. It was built into his strategy. What he did not expect, what has gotten him panicked, is that an overwhelming number of other Americans, including independents, women and college-educated white people, have heard his language, have recognized the bigotry and have rejected it. Younger voters in particular have found it repulsive, turning against Trump and the Republican Party that nominated him in unprecedented numbers.

Trump wasn’t counting on that. He underestimated the basic decency of the American people, and the polls tell us that he’s paying a heavy price for that mistake. So what we’re witnessing now is a cynical attempt to back away from many of the ugly things that he has said and done over the past year, to project a more humane image. The problem is that once these things are seen, they cannot be unseen. We know who he is, because he has shown us.

Or as they say in Mexico, “Once thrown, a word and a stone cannot be returned.”

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Bruce Kauffman
Bruce Kauffman

He's dazed & confused She's imperfect , but not imbecilic 'Our Generals are rubble'??\U0001f62f

H.D. Ross
H.D. Ross

Hillary lied while good people died... Sorry Jay, trump is going to be her like cornbread batter on Election Day

DalMac
DalMac

A splendid summary beneath a splendid headline.

1oldgator
1oldgator

Typical liberal comments from Booker. Looks like the AJC is still a liberal newspaper as they focus on denouncing Trump, but turn a blind eye to Hillary's issues with the Clinton Foundation money. Gonna cancel my subscription.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Experts poke holes in Clinton Foundation's promised donor ban

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/293955-experts-poke-holes-in-clinton-foundations-promised-foreign-donor-ban

In a USA Today op-ed on August 23, Clinton Foundation president Donna Shalala summed up the complicated untangling that lies ahead.

“We recognize the importance of separating the foundation’s work from the perception of potential conflicts of interest, and we have outlined a responsible approach for the future,” Shalala wrote.

But in the same piece, Shalala also wrote that “significantly scaling back the Clinton Foundation and our programs that are helping millions of people around the world — even before we even know the outcome of the election — would be needless and irresponsible.”

So Hillary has to win before anything should be done?

Shades of Pelosi and Obamacare.

I can't see Bill letting his foundation fall victim to Hillary's pursuit of the presidency. 

She COULD divorce him and relinquish any claim to his financial assets.

The Clinton's may be cornered on this one.

Peachs
Peachs

Trump should have grabbed the microphone yesterday and told the world ,this very little man who is president of Mexico is a rapist.  

Peachs
Peachs

@honested @Peachs he is so erratic, and why does the Mexican invite him?  


Lester should have opened a fried chicken joint in Liberia...

honested
honested

@Peachs 

I still don't know why that idiotic trip took place.

It makes almost as much sense as Lester Maddox visiting Liberia.

honested
honested

el chumpo "we didn't discuss who will pay for the wall"


Mr Pena Nieto is that true?

"No that is BS. El chump asked if we would pay for it and I told him not just no but hell no. Do you Americans believe any of the words that travel past his forked tongue?"

Peachs
Peachs

@honested I think it would have been funny as hell if they had built a wall very quickly around the place Trump spoke and trapped him in Mexico. 

gadem
gadem

It is amazing how history repeats itself. In the early 1900's those in power portrayed blacks as blood lusting, sex crazed beasts that set about each day to pillage towns and rape white women.....fast forward 100 years, Donald is painting a narrative that hispanics are blood lusting, sex crazed beasts pillaging and raping white women.

Peachs
Peachs

@gadem it is amazing how the right can live day after day stepping around the truth, it is an art form that should have it's own Olympic event. 

gadem
gadem

@Paul42 @JohnnyReb nope...his eyes were welled with tears due to the tremendous speeches that Trump has given.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

@Paul42 @JohnnyReb But, but ... he also said, "some of them, I assume, are good." Which according to the shunned one is never reported (except it's included every time I've seen it on CBS or ABC, which is at least a half dozen times).

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

You never heard Trump say the Mexican government is sending murderers and rapists?  

Your ignorance is astounding.

rimsky
rimsky

The problem is what is being taught. We are not teaching our children basic civics, American exceptionalism or rugged individualism./////

You have problem with teaching kids Math or Physics or Chemistry or Bio or English or Foreign Lang. etc etc?

If you want rugged individualism go live in the woods and forage your own supper instead of driving to the grocery store.  Geez.

td1234
td1234

@rimsky Taking things out of context this early in the morning? I believe the subject that MES was speaking of was on a civics and history prospective. 

rimsky
rimsky

@td1234 @rimsky You wrote it and I countered.  Don't point the finger at Ms MES.  That is a cop out.

skydog12
skydog12

@rimsky


Umm yum. Deer meat for super. 


No thank you, I`ll just have some of the poke salad.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Donald Trump laid out a detailed plan last evening on immigration to correct decades of Federal Government failure inflicted on our nation by several administrations including Republicans who failed to ensure our laws are upheld.

It's common sense, follows the laws on the books, and returns security to our borders and states.

It also includes a top down approach where the worse illegal immigrants are dealt with first and law abiding illegals will be addressed later.  They will be dealt with in a humane way with a big heart. 

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

Yet most Republicans reject Trumps insistence on mass deportations.

"It also includes a top down approach where the worse illegal immigrants are dealt with first and law abiding illegals will be addressed later."

Now you're quoting Pres Obama's immigration strategy for the last couple of years.  Amazing.  Change the name of the guy advocating a policy and you change your mind.  Says a lot.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@JohnnyReb

They will be dealt with in a humane way with a big heart. 


By the Deportation Task Force, right?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@CherokeeCounty @JohnnyReb Trump was not specific and deferred decisions on, let's call them the good illegals until the bad ones are gone.

If they keep their nose clean, they don't have anything to worry about.

However, they will never be citizens and have the vote until they leave, get in line with the rest, and then return.


JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Paul42 @JohnnyReb you go ahead and look at how you wish.

Yes, Obama's deportations were mostly bad actors, but even that was grossly negligent and inadequate.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

So Pres Obama DID emphasize 'bad actors.'  The same idea Trump is piggy-backing on.

Glad you admit it.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

"It also includes a top down approach where the worse illegal immigrants are dealt with first and law abiding illegals will be addressed later."

So he's NOT going to deport them all.

But he's consistent and doesn't flip-flop?

Amazing.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb


Does Trump say he will deport ALL illegals, or not?

(Trick question.  It depends on which answer you quote).

Flippy-flop.

td1234
td1234

"Countless Americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this Administration. This includes incredible Americans like 21-year-old Sarah Root. The man who killed her arrived at the border, entered federal custody, and then was released into a U.S. community under the policies of this White House. He was released again after the crime, and is now at large.

Sarah had graduated from college with a 4.0, top of her class, the day before.

Also among the victims of the Obama-Clinton open borders policies was Grant Ronnebeck, a 21 year-old convenience store clerk in Mesa, Arizona. He was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member previously convicted of burglary who had also been released from Federal Custody.

Another victim is Kate Steinle, gunned down in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco by an illegal immigrant deported five previous times.

Then there is the case of 90 year-old Earl Olander, who was brutally beaten and left to bleed to death in his home. The perpetrators were illegal immigrants with criminal records who did not meet the Obama Administration’s priorities for removal.

In California, a 64 year-old Air Force Veteran, Marilyn Pharis, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a hammer. Her killer had been arrested on multiple occasions, but was never deported.

A 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office found that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to their names.

On top of that, illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion dollars a year. For the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next ten years, we could provide one million at-risk students with a school voucher.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/31/text-donald-trumps-speech-in-phoenix-on-illegal-immigration/#ixzz4J0O3RJHH

rimsky
rimsky

@td1234 Yet Americans killing Americans a whole lot more than that.

What happened to your compassion for that.

Where is your compassion when cops are killing innocent people.  I know they deserved it like you say.

td1234
td1234

@rimsky @td1234 Americans killing Americans is one problem that needs to be addressed but illegals are not even suppose to be in the country so for them to kill a citizen is unforgivable. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

"Countless"?  Really?

As in "too many to count' or 'anything over one"?

honested
honested

@td1234 

Countable Americans (5,000) would still be alive if republiklan sheep had not allowed our previous President to start a war of choice...

Funny what you people bleat about.

dbm1
dbm1

@td1234 

So we should savage the rights of all who want to enter the country because a few are murderers?

What about all the people that die because they aren't permitted to enter the country legally?