NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–September 1, 2016. Delivering his darkest speech yet, last night Donald Trump confirmed what we knew all along: there’s no new Trump, no pivot and no “softening.” He will continue his divisive campaign, spewing hateful rhetoric and pledging to forcibly deport every undocumented immigrant from our country. He described his new “Deportation Task Force,” again committed to rescinding the President’s executive actions that keep DREAMers and their families together, and made clear that “Operation Wetback” was not severe enough for him.
The reviews are in, and everyone heard Donald Trump loud and clear:
Washington Post // Chris Cillizza
The day and, in particular, Trump’s speech, serves as a stark reminder that there is no “new” Donald Trump. There is no pivot, no new leaf, no 2.0. Donald Trump, at age 70 and coming off one of the most successful and surprising primary campaigns in political history, is not going to change in any meaningful way. He can change his campaign leadership — as he has now done twice. His surrogates — led by Conway — can insist that the “real” Trump is now starting to come out. But, ultimately, the candidate needs to want to — or be able to — change. And it’s been clear to anyone paying attention to this campaign that Trump isn’t all that interested in doing things differently.
Trump on immigration: No amnesty, no pivot
CNN Politics // Stephen Collinson and Jeremy Diamond
USA Today // Editorial Board
His speech delivered later in the day in Phoenix was nothing short of a full-throated rant designed to whip up his base with angry — and largely inaccurate — descriptions of current policies and trends.
NBC News // Benjy Sarlin
Surprise! Donald Trump’s self-declared “softening” on immigration is gone, replaced by a recommitment to a hardline policy that could best be described as mass deportation.
In immigration speech, Donald Trump spurns softened tone and threatens Republican future
LA Times // Cathleen Decker
Donald Trump’s aggressively tough speech on immigration buried the notion that he planned to pivot away from the posture that got him the Republican nomination to a gentler position tailored for more moderate general election voters, Republicans included.It also may have buried his party’s strategy for long-term survival — the effort to appeal to the Latino and Asian voters who are replacing the waning numbers of white voters on whom the GOP has long depended.
Former KKK leader David Duke gave Donald Trump’s terrifying immigration speech an A
Fusion // Michael Rosen
While many observers were rightfully horrified by the speech, it did earn Trump some enthusiastic support from none other than former KKK leader and avowed white supremacist David Duke.
Washington Post // James Hohmann
Immigration is a losing issue for Donald Trump, and he’s just spent two weeks talking about it almost every day. After telegraphing repeatedly that he would embrace a more politically palatable position, the Republican nominee used a much-ballyhooed speech in Phoenix last night to make clear that there will be no softening whatsoever. In some key ways, he even hardened his position.
Donald Trump Just Cranked Up The Volume On Immigration
Huffington Post // Elise Foley
The general-election Donald Trump who’s kinder and gentler on immigration doesn’t exist ― and most likely never did.The Republican presidential nominee firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that “no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement.” Trump said. “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” Trump said during what he billed as a major policy speech in Phoenix. “That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don’t have a country.”
Donald Trump’s Deportation Nation
New York Times // Editorial Board
The speech was a reverie of immigrant-fearing, police-state bluster, with Mr. Trump gushing about building “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” assailing “media elites” and listing his various notions for thwarting evil foreigners. He said the immigration force might deport Hillary Clinton.
Highlights of Donald Trump’s Immigration Speech and Mexico Trip
New York Times // Michael Barbaro, Alex Burns, Maggie Haberman and Kirk Sempleaug
Instead of marking a new, moderate phase in his campaign, Donald Trump’s much-anticipated speech on immigration in Phoenix on Wednesday was a return to his themes of deportation and zero tolerance. It was a starkly different message than what he delivered in Mexico City earlier in the day.
Trump sticks to hard immigration line after ‘thoughtful’ meeting with Pena Nieto
NBC News // Ali Vitali and Alex Johnson
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump capped off his two-country whirlwind tour Wednesday night by advocating for mass deportation, extreme vetting, and a wall that Mexico would pay for — even if they didn’t know it yet.There was nothing “soft” about it. Any thoughts that Trump might moderate his blunt rhetoric on immigration disappeared at a rally in Phoenix just hours after he met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has slammed Trump for his harsh language.
Trump holds firm on immigration in Phoenix speech
The Arizona Republic // Ronald J. Hansen
While Trump had discussed “softening” on immigration reforms in recent weeks, his Phoenix speech made clear he intends to head into the fall campaign stressing concepts like zero-tolerance, “extreme” vetting of immigrants and no amnesty.
In a major speech in the border state of Arizona, Trump took a dim view of the 11 million people who crossed into the United States illegally, a week after saying many were “great people” who had contributed to American society.
Trump returns to his old standbys: Xenophobia, hate, lies, and yes, mass deportations
Washington Post // Greg Sargent
Trump has now confirmed not just that the 11 million are all targets for deportation, but also that deportation efforts will be increased from the status quo.