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    Trump appears with families of people killed by Illegal Immigrants

    Trump appears with families of people killed by Illegal Immigrants

    Press Conference speaking to an issue most other Republicans avoid.

    On Friday, presidential hopeful Donald Trump hosted a press conference in LA featuring the families of victims killed by illegal immigrants.

    Before he turned it over to the families, he spent a great deal of time raking the press over the coals for their coverage of his comments about illegal immigrants. It was vintage Trump, but it also led into some pretty powerful content, teed up for a duly-shamed press corps.

    Watch (the conference lasts for nearly an hour, and testimony from the families begins at about the 7 minute mark):

    At around the 11 minute mark, you’ll hear the story of 13 year-old Ruben, who was gunned down by an illegal immigrant in California in 1990. Hop through the video and take a listen. It’s an intense tribute, but it’s also the kind of story that deserves to be told even within the context of a presidential campaign.

    It belongs because it’s legally, politically, and culturally relevant—the ultimate trifecta. Illegal immigration is a divisive issue, but those who advocate for open borders and full amnesty are willfully ignoring the real—and dangerous—effects that those policies have on this country. No story throws that simple truth into fuller relief than that of 32 year old Kate Steinle, who was senselessly gunned down by Francisco Sanchez, a violent criminal and illegal immigrant who should not have been in the country at all.

    Kate’s story starts at around the 5 minute mark:

    When Trump announced his candidacy last month, I said that I was interested to see how the campaign would introduce Trump the Man (as opposed to Trump the Mogul or Trump the Reality Star) to the American people. If this is their play, it might just be working. Conservative primary voters are currently at each other’s throats over whether or not Trump is worth their attention, worth their vote, or worth nothing more than a passing glance on the way to a Cruz or Rubio rally.

    These types of stories are media bait, and Trump is taking full advantage of the opportunity; but he’s also exposing some nasty realities about the effects of illegal immigration.

    Perhaps if other Republicans took illegal immigration more seriously, Trump’s numbers would not be rising as they are.

    UPDATE by WAJ: Carly Fiorina gave the best answer I’ve heard so far on the issue of Trump and illegal immigration:


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    Henry Hawkins | July 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hear that low hum in the distance? That’s the electronics of the Democrat opposition researchers building the file on Trump should his star rise and remain in the sky. Trump talks a lot at every election cycle, but he’s never been elected to anything. Businessmen don’t guard their skeletons as well as politicians must. Imagine all the thieves and criminals he’s dealt with over the decades. The Dems are.

    Also, please recall the 2012 cycle when the GOP also had a large field going into the primaries. It seemed like everyone had a turn at the top of the polls, including a businessman – Herman Cain. It’s almost “Herman who?” just a few yhears later.

    Trump garners attention now not because of what he’s saying – virtually all of us hear at LI and other blogs have been saying the same thing. It’s because Trump is the only one saying it as he does (loudly, abrasively, Trumply). This earns no glory for Trump – just embarrassment for the GOP, which won’t say shit if it might put off an independent voter somewhere. Trump has not stolen the stage form the GOP – they left the stage empty.

    Trump will return to earth in a couple months.

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