Election HQ 'Did He Ever Mean It?': Krauthammer Calls Out Trump's 'Complete Turnabout' on Immigration
After making a tough immigration policy the "tentpole" of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump is now significantly shifting his stance on the issue, Charles Krauthammer said on Special Report.
In town hall events with Sean Hannity, Trump said he could "soften" his policy on deporting illegal immigrants already in the country.
He said last night to Hannity that, if elected, he may be open to "working with" otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who are in the country.
"Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out?" he asked the audience.
"Tell me. I mean, I don’t know, you tell me."
Krauthammer, reacting to what Trump said at Tuesday night's event, said that Trump is not just 'evolving' on the issue of immigration, but rather doing a "complete turnabout" in his policy proposals.
"If this is evolution, it's like a platypus going to sleep and waking up a pussycat," he joked.
Krauthammer pointed back to Trump calling the country a "divided crime scene" in his RNC address and speaking about the porous Mexican border allowing rapists and drug dealers into the country a year ago.
He argued that now Trump is "undermining" everything he has said throughout his campaign.
"Now he tells us, 'oh, the laws are wonderful. I don't want to change any of it. I'll be a little more energetic,'" said Krauthammer, asking whether Trump's earlier pronouncements about the border and immigration were simply designed to win over Republican primary voters.
"You have to question: did he ever mean it? I think the answer is probably no."
Meantime, Trump is now taking heavy criticism from Ann Coulter, who's been a vocal supporter of his immigration proposals throughout his campaign.
Well, if it's "hard," then nevermind. Trump: "... to take a person who's been here for 15 or 20 years ....It's a very, very hard thing."
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
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