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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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CloseTheFed | July 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

National Review has been bashing trump like a drum ever since he announced. Unrelentingly.

So, this morning, I go to NRO, and what do I see, but a positive Trump headline! I look at the author: William Jacobson!

I can’t believe NRO published the thing! OMG.

Thank you William Jacobson for your continued efforts to guide discussion without all the Boo-Hoo.

There are indeed problems… and LOUD does not fix anything.

I took your click bait…best wishes for large numbers.

Here in Arizona a drunk and stoned illegal alien, who had been deported six times in the past three years, was driving in the wrong direction and nearly took out an entire family on the 4th of July. Luckily the mom was able to see the idiot coming in time to move her car off the road; the illegal alien still hit her and totalled her car, but at least she and her two kids survived. (They were luckier than an AZ LEO who was killed last year on an Arizona road by a drunk illegal alien also driving in the wrong direction).

There is a reason Trump’s Phoenix appearance attracted such big crowds — and they were not all Republicans. The anger about illegal aliens’ continuing lawlessness in our country, and this administration’s active aiding and abetting of it (with our tax dollars!), is growing. Trump is just tapping into that anger.

Of course everyone – including legal immigrants, and those on waiting lists around the world – should be upset at the state of illegal immigration in this country in general, and in particular the Obama Administration’s failures to uphold the laws and abuses of power in trying to change the policy.

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The proper question is: what is the best way to effect change in the system and to ensure the law is followed by all – including those sworn to uphold it?

Would it be a rational discussion among the candidates, with particular attention to the experiences of Perry, who has dealt with the problem longer than any other candidate, or to follow along behind a demagogue using the issue to promote himself?

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Some apparently are willing to sacrifice actual results for loud noise that makes them feel better temporarily.

    The proper question is: what is the best way to effect change in the system

    Not to go all Dr. Phil on you, but you have to acknowledge there’s a problem before you can tackle solving it. Trump’s rhetoric is the first step: acknowledging that there’s a problem. The reason he’s attracting so much positive attention is that no-one else is out there even really acknowledging it!

    No-one trusts Jeb!™ to fix the problem, for example, because he doesn’t even admit there’s a problem… it’s all just acts of love™!

    Any establishment Republicans upset at the amount of positive attention Trump is attracting need to look to themselves to work out why that is the case — not just take the easy way out and bash Trump.

    Carly seems to get it, at least.

I don’t know why Democrats pretend that legal immigrants identify with illegal aliens.

    Because the Democrat / Progressive / Marxists have bought into the philosophy of “La Raza” that race is more important than anything. It is more important than economics, rule of law, family, marriage, society, etc….

    To the Democrat, the Mexican Hispanic population that came here legally will automatically support their “undocumented brethren” in their quest for a better life, regardless of the fact that those who did it legally may have waited years, while those who entered illegally simply bypassed the wait. To the Democrat, the fact that those individuals all self-identify as being of “Mexican” descent will overcome any hurt feelings regarding the disparity of treatment.

    They couldn’t be more WRONG.

    Most of the Mexicans I know who have gone through the naturalization process are FIERCELY Nationalistic to AMERICA. They recognize their Mexican heritage, but they WANT to integrate into American, speak English (usually VERY well), and often know more than your standard High School student who SHOULD have been taught Civics regarding basic forms of governance.

stevewhitemd | July 13, 2015 at 9:19 am

Yup. The Country Club Pubs have bungled this one badly.

How badly? So badly that Instapundit reports, per the sad Jamiel Shaw story, that the “barbershop talk” in black neighborhoods is that they, the black community, are noticing what has happened to the jobs, to crime, to gangs, and so on.

If folks in the street can see it and politicians don’t do anything about it, then the problem is with the latter lacking courage, not the former lacking intelligence.

It’s going to be mighty hard for a Pub who’s a squish on immigration to rally the base in the fall of 2016. Perhaps Jeb thinks he can win without the base. He might ask Mr. McCain and Mr. Romney how that played out.

    I can’t help but wonder if the Chamber of Commerce will tell Jeb, Marko, Graham, etc. to go home and stay there. So that they can put all their effort into hanging on to their animal farm with their dark horse – Walker.

    ♦ Jeb Bush (CoC Supported √ )
    ♦ Scott Walker (CoC Unknown yet possible)
    ♦ Marco Rubio (CoC Supported √ )
    ♦ Ted Cruz (CoC Unknown yet probable)
    ♦ Chris Christie (CoC Supported √ )
    ♦ Carly Fiorina (CoC Unknown yet probable)
    ♦ Rick Perry (CoC Supported √ )

    I have been urging the true conservative candidates to get together and choose one amongst themselves to support in order to combat the CoC/Bush machine. Now I am wondering if it might not be TPTB who have diluted their power – And they, in the face of the Donald Trump’s massive appeal and ground swell of support, will be the ones to take my advice and try to cut their losses by dumping all their fake candidates.

The editors at NR need to correct the spelling of the victim’s name. Please.

Henry Hawkins | July 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

Great article in a high profile online site. Congrats!

Donald Trump is saying what many Americans want someone with cojones to say-illegal immigration is a social disease, a continually evolving pox, upon this country.

Those in office who are ignoring our sovereign borders and the rule of law allow illegal immigrants to have the run of the place.

Sanctuary cities are havens for the lawless, the diseased and the food stamp and benefit starved.

Mexico is out of control due to the narco-terrorism. Why wouldn’t the Mexican authorities allow people to flee to America. Why let lawless people terrorize their money making tourist attractions when the criminals can terrorize Chicago and San Francisco?

As usual Dems like Rep Luis Gutierrez, Illinois’ special interest lobbyist for Latinos in the sanctuary city of Chicago, believe that open borders is a means to a Democrat Utopian end. Well, our sanctuary city is one of the deadliest places to live in the U.S. thanks to the likes of Gutierrez and Rahm Emanuel.

These two lawless cohorts, seeking popularity votes, want Chicago to be model for immigrant benefits! So, forget about the native Chicagoans who are dying daily and who are also paying a heavy price for the invited lawless. Instead, let’s make Chicago a model for immigrant benefits, let’s give away it all for the sake of appearances.

Prof, your NR article is great. I hope it puts a fire under some asses which are currently covered.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to jennifer a johnson. | July 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    “Dems like Rep Luis Gutierrez, Illinois’ special interest lobbyist for Latinos in the sanctuary city of Chicago, believe that open borders is a means to a Democrat Utopian end”

    I have doubts they believe in that utopia, they believe in their gang having more control. They believe in the harsh world of top down power, and for now the way to win that is to play the race game. Even the worst communists offered utopian lies in their five year plans, but believed in raw power.

    El Chapo was “caught” but still ran the drug world apparently. He no doubt has many friends in very high places, including in the US. Loretta Lynch oversaw the HSBC wrist slap for laundering billions of drug dollars, Holder still lies about Fast and Furious, and Chicagobama keeps the drug lanes to Mexico open.

    We need a hero.

Any Republican who doesn’t understand what Trump was getting at is hopelessly out of touch with the most motivated portion of the electorate, Republican and otherwise.

Yep. This.

I don’t especially like Trump, but denying that he’s touched a nerve, and that this *is* a very important issue for so many formerly-voiceless people out here in voter-land, is just weapons-grade stupid.

I know plenty of people who formerly just quietly rolled their eyes whenever Jeb!™ is quoted with his “acts of love!” excuse, for instance, but now that someone on the national stage is actually using his outside voice to express what their inside voice has been telling them for years, they actually feel emboldened to talk about it out loud.

That is a big deal. And trying to denounce and write off Trump as a witless, racist, unserious buffoon, is also now dissing all the people who are quietly and not-so-quietly finding a lot of sense in what he’s acknowledging.

Establishment Republicans have to acknowledge this. There’s no putting it back in its box.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Amy in FL. | July 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    The flip side is also true:

    Why is Bernie Sanders doing so well right now? Because no good Democrat/Socialist/Progressive (I repeat myself of course) believes in Hillary Clinton. They don’t buy into what the party leadership is telling them. They’re going in the other direction of course — towards insanity.

    But the fact that the Party leadership doesn’t understand and can’t rally their base? That’s a bipartisan failure.

The Republicans have demonstrated year after year that they care more about people who shouldn’t be here and corrupt businesspeople who want slave labor than the people they pretend to represent. They benefit from selling US out, so I don’t think they’ll change.

Leaving the party doesn’t work…with rare exceptions they ensure that I’m stuck with choices that suck.

James_teh_2nd | July 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

Mission Accomplished.

“As I’ve told readers before, I write elsewhere from time to time in order to gain exposure to new audiences.”

(From the NRO Comments section)
kj • an hour ago

Finally, someone at NRO makes sense on this issue!



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Haydn Fan kj • an hour ago

Except that William Jacobsen isn’t ‘at’ NRO. He runs his own website – a site that seems to be much more in touch with the electorate than NRO is right now.


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Eco Az Haydn Fan • an hour ago

Check out Jacobsen’s commentary: “San Francisco was a sanctuary city, but not for Kate Steinle … the silence from the White House is deafening”.


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kj Haydn Fan • an hour ago

What’s the site, please? I’ll have to check it out.


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Haydn Fan kj • an hour ago

Legal Insurrection


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Professor Jacobson, well done and said! I posted both links. Thanks

Donald Trump is giving voice to many Americans who see that most politicians are out for themselves and their financial backers. He is the only one speaking out clearly about the very real and important issues facing the people of our country today.
Thank you for this article.

Please refuse to publish at National Review.

Just say not to the penny-loafer, Nancy Boy, inside-the-beltway elitists.

    I couldn’t disagree more strongly. Especially after having skimmed through the comments there, I think it’s great that the Professor’s voice is getting a wider readership.

    Refusing to engage does not defeat the enemy.

    I’m glad that The Prof published that article at NRO; I used to be a subscriber there, but not for the last few years. It used to be a conservative site, but has been quietly drifting leftward; for me the straw that really broke it was Mark Steyn getting booted by some nobody editor there at NRO.

    Fascinating to see the comments there now! Lots apparently agree that NRO has been sadly neutered; their new format sucks too IMHO. Once upon a time I visited The Corner several times a day; now hardly ever, unless following a link, because too much scrolling required.

    Very many of those comments at NRO are supportive of the article. So hopefully you’ll be getting a lot more traffic, Prof. Jacobsen! Which you certainly deserve!

Americans are furious about the consequences of illegal or unmeasured immigration, which are similar but more comprehensive than excessive immigration or convergent migratory patterns generally. Immigration cannot, as a matter of practical concern, exceed the rate of assimilation and integration. It should not condone unequal applications of law. It should not serve to compensate for dysfunctional policies (e.g. selective-child). It should not exchange the dignity and value of one life for another.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | July 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

I think part of Trump’s appeal is he is standing up to the Cultural Marxists. As always, they tried to force him to apologize and push him off the national stage. They coerced some of his business partners to drop him, but he still refuses to apologize and effectively gives his middle finger to the Cultural Marxists.

Not only is he right about illegal immigration, but he is demonstrating that he has brass pair and is willing to take the fire from the Cultural Marxists. That is refreshing.

    stevewhitemd in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | July 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Yup. I think that’s why Carly Fiorina has had a little traction — she too is willing to fight. She doesn’t have the profile that Trump has, and she’s not as flamboyant (who else is??). But she’s willing to go after the other side.

    Too bad we can’t get NRO to look at her more seriously.

Connivin Caniff | July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

If Trump plays this right, he can pull in a lot of black and other minority votes, as they are also deeply impacted victims of the illegal alien situation.

You know, I think Trump could actually get the wall built, unlike the girly-men republicans who got funding for it and then pissed away all the money on a few hundred feet of fence.

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to snopercod. | July 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    One of my sillier thoughts I’ve had on the wall recently was just to say heck with the wall, let’s make the world’s largest, longest artificial canyon instead. Half a mile wide and deep all along the border. Course we would have to be careful to stop a few miles from the ocean and Rio Grande (don’t want to flood it after all) so I suppose we could use a fair portion of all that dug up rock and dirt to create massive thick walls along the rest of the border.

      What about dynamite? Set charges all along the US/Mexican border, and blast them free from us (or us free from them). Not only will it make the border harder to traverse, as a bonus, both Mexico and the US will have miles and miles of new coastline 😉

      stevewhitemd in reply to smalltownoklahoman. | July 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      To the contrary, connect both ends and you have a sea-level canal. Goodbye Panama!

      Fill the new “American Canal” with crocodiles with lasers on their foreheads and you’ve got something…

        smalltownoklahoman in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        Heh, I suppose that could work! The canal might be worth it too just to watch the sheer levels of nuclear meltdown rage the wacko hippy environuts would go through were we to go through with a project like this.

Great writing! And already over 300 comments at NRO. That should be read by everyone in America that still cares about this country. I wish Drudge would link to it.

This has been going on for decades but reached a breaking point last summer. It is cost versus benefit. The costs are huge. The benefit negligible to common citizens. A as citizen residing in Texas I wondered if territory had been ceded to Mexico without my knowing it. And if it had why was I required to pay taxes or obey the laws of the US. By the way, many citizens in Mexico think Texas and California were “stolen” from them. They think fully formed economies with advanced infrastructure were taken rather than wilderness that Mexicans did not want to settle in any number because of distance, danger, and harsh climates especially in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Is the US southwest territory part of the sovereign US territory or not? If we are being kicked out just say so. We feel like it is no man’s land.

    Radegunda in reply to Elliott. | July 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    The existence of the “reconquista” movement — i.e. “taking back” the whole Southwest (or the whole continent) for “bronze people” — has been known about for quite some time. The steady encroachment of the Spanish language (somehow, weirdly, considered more “indigenous” than English) into U.S. towns and institutions is quite obvious. So is the fondness for the Mexican flag, along with expressions of contempt for the U.S. flag. There is also the open ethnic chauvinism of some “Latino” politicians and activists, and the triumphal crowing about demographic trends: “California is now more Latino than white! Yay!”

    Meanwhile the open-borders GOP types who tend to live far from the southern border (and who speak, e.g., on Larry Kudlow’s show) will chirp: “They’re assimilating! The second generation is learning English! I’ve got the stats!”

    AZ_Langer in reply to Elliott. | July 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Actually, the rush started in 2013. Texas Border Patrol agents were considering a tent city to deal with the numbers ( ), and Tucson sector agents on the job couldn’t move without having illegal aliens run into their arms (private source).

    As far as some of our territory being ceded to Mexico, that’s the de facto situation. Here in Arizona, we have signs telling us what areas are unsafe for citizens, and Border Patrol agents mostly only enter these areas for rescue operations. I’ve often thought that someone is getting very rich (probably courtesy our tax dollars) ensuring that those areas remain or increase in size. The local congresstoad pretends that new proposals to keep agents off even more areas are to protect habitat and wildlife, but he doesn’t fool everyone.

    tom swift in reply to Elliott. | July 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    as citizen residing in Texas I wondered if territory had been ceded to Mexico without my knowing it.

    I’ve been wondering the same … but I reside in Massachusetts.

The clarity (one might argue beauty and/or genius) of Trump’s strategy in the illegal immigration debate is that it’s finally a GOP position on the issue that is virtually impossible for the left to attack at its core. Who on the left can attack that the GOP simply wants fewer innocent American citizens to die or be raped at the hands of illegal immigrants? And if the left tries to twist the debate to a different viewpoint such as humanitarianism towards illegal immigrants, what can possibly be more humanitarian than protecting innocent women and children from murderers/rapists? Opportunity for illegals? Where’s the opportunity for a young American killed by an illegal? Ditto for taking a favorite strategy of the left and identify the cause with a victim…Kate Steinle. I think most on the right wish public policy issues could be debated with reason, but the last 6 years have shown that the left has gained the upper hand with pure emotional appeals based on lies. Fortunately the GOP stance cam be

    Radegunda in reply to gulfbreeze. | July 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    “Who on the left can attack that the GOP simply wants fewer innocent American citizens to die or be raped at the hands of illegal immigrants?”

    One problem with this argument: It’s usually conservatives who say that crime is caused by the criminal intent of the actual criminals, not by a larger demographic group of which they happen to be a part. To say “we want fewer of the demographic group that disproportionately commits murder,” e.g., is obviously going to raise objections.

    On the other hand, some crime statistic accompanied by dramatic examples can be part of a larger story about the disdain for our laws that is demonstrated by EVERYONE who crosses our border illegally.

    When someone says, “But most of them come here for a better life,” I would say, “Actually, ALL of them come here for a better life. It does not follow therefrom that they are going to make life better for the communities where they plant themselves.”

    The Larry Kudlow types will chant, “Growth! Growth!” — to which one may reply, “Do you mean the growth of prison populations? Welfare dependency? Overcrowded schools with few English-speaking pupils? And what about respect for the rule of law? Respect for our nation and our culture?”

    Do we as a people have a right to maintain a culture that’s reasonably familiar to us, or must we be forcibly Mexicanized? Why is it “racist” to say we want to keep our culture and language, if it isn’t racist or in any way wrong for Mexicans to say they want to keep their own culture — whether they’re in Mexico or in the United States?

Ahh, the joys of posting on a phone…”can be” based on truth and reason.

Midwest Rhino | July 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

So lets close the border, and give temporary visas to illegals here working already, satisfying the chamber. By end of 2017 every illegal must biometrically register, whether working as nanny, landscaper, construction worker, farm picker, hotel staffer, etc.

While illegals will not get the vote nor full load welfare, they can earn (at least temporary) legal status. Then the Chamber is happy? Any NOT “self identifying” to authorities within some time frame, and having a proven work record, will not qualify.

Very limited “amnesty” but permanent surrender of the ability to vote to change America, which the average illegal laborer and Chamber don’t care about. That could separate the worker from the problem invaders, allowing those with real jobs a visa. The rest in time will leave or hide like they do now.

And we have to change the anchor baby law. After the China scam was exposed recently, that is another vote winner. All magnets for free stuff must be removed.

I’d like to hear Walker come out strong with something like that. It has teeth against illegal criminals and non-workers, but “heart” for those entrenched in jobs the Chamber demands we keep. And it gives incentive for all to come out of the shadows, or they won’t be able to keep their off the books jobs.

    No leftist concession is ever permanent, just as no transfer-payment program is ever temporary.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to Rick. | July 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      The route to citizenship/voting would remain the same, meaning very few would ever do it. “Amnesty” is usually looked at as citizenship, which a visa status would deny. Obama didn’t pass “immigration reform” his first two years because they love it as an issue. It needs to be definitively taken off the table, and borders closed. Running as squishy is a loser.

      Any forced deportation is a political loser, and instant e-verify would work but requires mass firing. That also seems like a loser, politically AND economically. A hard e-verify stance would need time to replace, relocate many workers, and in many cases (hotels, field work?) there is no replacement. Some illegals will stay in some capacity, I think even most anti-amnesty people see it that way. I seek to define that portion as non voters we can chose to keep on our terms.

The comment count there goes up and down, up and down. I think they’re deleting a lot of comments? I’m not familiar with their comment policies, nor with Disqus, but there looks to be a fair bit of memory-holing going on. Makes me appreciate this blog all the more.

LukeHandCool | July 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm

“All 10 thumbs up!” —LukeHandCool

I don’t have time (got to catch a plane after a great vacation, back to reality) to go on and on about my experiences in a large police department and tell you all that what you “know” is only the tiniest tip of the iceberg … the situation is really, really bad … and somebody needed to make some admittedly inartful statements to get the media into a frenzy and start one of those “national discussions” that Obama, Holder, and most other Dems always claim they want and we need.

This should also be a huge wedge issue between African-Americans and the rest of the Democratic Party.

Okay. Trump dispensed with the PC niceties that were obstacles and got the “national conversation” started. I don’t know how far he’ll go, but Donald Trump, like Pamela Geller, has done this country a great service, and I’m happy to see Professor Jacobson go against the polite conventional wisdom and media scolds to point this out.

LukeHandCool (who was spearfishing with his son for four hours yesterday, but failed to track down a single man-eating Tiger Shark and had to settle for a few lousy fish)

Midwest Rhino | July 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

As to crime stats, we bring in a million a year legally, so of course those are the best, that put great effort into coming and obeying laws.

And as for the illegals, the stats are hidden from us. They may be listed as white, so we instead have to dig up ancillary evidence as Coulter did. Besides all the MS-13 types, the other illegals generally comes from lower economic/educational demographics, where we know the higher crime rates reside. And those that come here illegally have proven they are of a subset of that lower class, those willing to break our laws.

But the left and even major industry is willing to pull out all the stops to lie to us, and fire Trump in big venues, to protect that class of illegals. Who is pulling these strings?

    Progs are certainly well known for spouting some stupid rhetorical bullshit, but saying that illegal immigrants bring the crime rate down is off-the-charts stupid.

    Every single one of them is committing a crime simply by being here. Duh! How effing stupid are the people they’re talking to?

I was surprised to see someone besides myself use this citation in a recent article. It’s ten years old, but such an informative read that I’ve recommended it many times.

MarlaHughes | July 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Trump is doing for Hillary what his friend and ally, Ross Perot, did for Bill Clinton. Plenty of the other candidates are addressing illegal immigration but not with the bombast that accompanies anything that Trump affiliates himself with. Yes, he’s getting the attention of the media and the LIV on both sides, especially those who only read headlines.
Hopefully he burns out before completely destroying any chances to address the issue.

    CloseTheFed in reply to MarlaHughes. | July 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I just got a copy of Trump’s 2011 book, “Time to Get Tough.” I think he’s serious.

    also, I think he is smart enough to know 3rd party will invite hillary catastrophe. So, I wouldn’t worry about it at this point.

Henry Hawkins | July 13, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Gosh, it’s hard to believe Trump would swap Perot-ing the GOP in trade for tax and regulatory ‘privileges’ should Hillary get elected. That sounds like something a soulless, capitalist businessman might do, not a politician seeking only to help His People.


    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    You know it, Henry. And there’s absolutely no way a lifelong, honest, well-trusted public servant like Hillary would agree to such a dirty, corrupt, underhanded ploy.


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.

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.