Thursday, September 1, 2016

Alfonso Aguilar Feels 'Misled' on Trump's Immigration Plan

This is the price of credulity with Donald Trump. You have to apply the Trump Rules:

1. Believe nothing he says without a second opinion if it's regarding the day of the week or what he ate for breakfast.

2. You never give him the benefit of the doubt.

3. This means that when the accounts of Trump and Mexican President Pena Nieto contradict, the easy money is that Nieto is telling the truth. Simply because Trump lies 91% of the time.

And if you listen to what the Trump campaign said about the whole furor over 'Who pays for the wall?' they did not contradict Nieto's claim that he told Trump first thing: Mexico won't be paying for any wall.

But a lot of folks insist on not applying the Trump Rules. Many journalists choose to treat Trump as if he's a regular politician who you take at their word at least initially-until you have evidence to believe otherwise.

As for the Hispanic GOPers who were gushing over that private meeting a few weeks ago, they simply heard what they want to hear.

While a some pundits laughably continue to believe in the Trump pivot-Lawrence O'Donnell, the NY Times Patrick Healy

most pundits understand that Trump did not move off mass deportations.

The Hispanic GOPers like Aguilar now feel misled. They should. That was the whole point:

"There will be no amnesty," Trump told the crowd in Phoenix, Arizona. "Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country."

In addition to his tweet, Aguilar told Politico: "It's so disappointing because we feel we took a chance, a very risky chance."

He added: "We decided to make a big U-turn to see if we could make him change. We thought we were moving in the right direction … we're disappointed. We feel misled."

He's not the only one:

"Several major Latino surrogates for Donald Trump are reconsidering their support for him following the Republican nominee’s hardline speech on immigration Wednesday night."

"Jacob Monty, a member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, has resigned, and Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said in an interview that he is “inclined” to pull his support."

“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” said Monty, a Houston attorney who has aggressively made the Latino case for Trump. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”

"He withdrew from the board following Trump’s speech in Phoenix, which was heavy on calls for border security and emphasized that all immigrants in the country illegally were subject to deportation."

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Again, better late than never but how did he ever think Trump had a realistic and compassionate immigration plan? Did he really believe every thing Trump has said for 14 months was a joke?

None so prone to self-deception as those who want to believe.

“When we met [earlier in August] he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers,” said Monty, one of the Latino leaders who met with the candidate at Trump Tower recently, a gathering at which Trump reportedly softened his tone toward undocumented immigrants already in the country. “He didn’t deliver any of that.”

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For me, my disappointment is different. Not in Trump as I never take him at his word on anything. It's disappointment that so many deceived themselves-and some still do.

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