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    Republicans need to look in the mirror, not at Donald Trump

    Republicans need to look in the mirror, not at Donald Trump

    My Column at National Review

    I have a column posted at National Review, Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration

    As I’ve told readers before, I write elsewhere from time to time in order to gain exposure to new audiences. For this post, I particularly wanted it at National Review because it would speak to an audience for whom the Republican primaries and illegal immigration matter.

    Here is an excerpt:

    But something happened on the way to the denunciations and purges [of Trump]. Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco, a sanctuary city. Steinle was killed in broad daylight on a popular pedestrian pier in a business and tourist district, by an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record who had been deported five times and recently was released from custody….

    In the wake of the murder of Kate Steinle, many Republican candidates have denounced the sanctuary-cities agenda. There is talk of withholding funding from cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. But who among the Republican candidates has stood side by side with the families who have lost loved ones to illegal-immigrant criminals?

    Trump did….”

    Oh, there’s a lot more to the article, including a point that will blow your mind. (That’s my attempt at click bait.)

    But you know the drill by now. Head over to National Review, read the whole thing, and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

    [Featured Image: Donald Trump Press Conference with families of people killed by illegal immigrants]


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    DaMav | July 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Why Trump?

    If Boehner and McConnell hadn’t repeatedly sold the country and the party down the drain, and blatantly lied about what they would do if they controlled Congress, charges that Trump is insincere or a flip-flopper might carry some weight. As it is, we know we’ve been “duped” — by the Republican “leadership”. And how exactly could Trump be worse than Jeb, Marco, Lyndsey etc? At least he isn’t flagrantly pushing Amnesty and pretending breaking our laws is an Act of Love.

    If the GOP Establishment weren’t so stinking rotten to the core, Trump would be in low single digits.

    There are currently 834 (!!) comments to that NRO piece.

    Talk about “starting a conversation”! Well done, Professor!

    Erudite Mavin | July 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    If Trump is angry about illegals, what has he given 10s of thousands of dollars to Hillary and the Clinton Foundation and many other Liberal Democrats who support illegals and open borders?

    Trump is using this issue for his own ego

    Trump never cared about this issue and here is an example:

    Trump Hit Romney for Being Too Tough and Too Alienating to Hispanics on Immigration

    By Rich Lowry — July 9, 2015

    Donald Trump is now the super-hawk on immigration. It wasn’t always so, and not so long ago. A Newsmax article from November 2012 on his views on what went wrong in the election is making the rounds.

    Back then, Trump’s view on immigration was utterly conventional–he wanted a “comprehensive solution” to accommodate immigrants who want to be “wonderful productive citizens,” and thought Romney’s policy of attrition (infamously described as self-deportation) was “maniacal” and mean-spirited:

    The Republican Party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming toward people of color, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

    Whether intended or not, comments and policies of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates during this election were seen by Hispanics and Asians as hostile to them, Trump says

    Erudite Mavin | July 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Trump as a good little donator to Hillary and the Clinton foundation in the 10s of thousands and other assorted liberal Democrats, right along as been a supporter for and pathway for citizenship agenda and blasted Romney in 2012 for being against Illegals and a secure border.

    Trump has been pro choice up until recent weeks.
    and the list goes on with Trumps long held liberal views
    changed in just the recent weeks and months out of Expediency.

    Trump has taken on Pamela Geller and Michelle Malkin calling them names you would hear from an adolescent
    I won’t even list them.

    Anonamom | July 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Excellent piece. But, honestly, about what I’ve come to expect from Prof. Jacobson.

    This line jumped out at me, though:

    “Illegal immigration and open borders have made voters increasingly angry because they reflect the growing lawlessness of society and the willingness of Republicans to capitulate to leftist identity politics.”

    Prof. Jacobson might want to point out that last part to certain members of his team. And explain it. Slowly. Using small words.

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