Real Clear Politics‘ polling shows bloviating ignoramus Donald Trump widening his lead in the GOP field. He’s done this largely by going after “illegal immigrants”. His current focus is birthright citizenship, a near non-existent problem where immigration is concerned, as immigration lawyer David Leopold explained at TPM:
… being the undocumented parent of a U.S. citizen bestows no legal right to even be in the country, let alone to a green card or citizenship…
The law requires that to sponsor an undocumented parent for a green card a child must first reach the age of 21. But at that point—more than two decades after arrival—an undocumented parent who entered illegally is not eligible to apply for a green card in the U.S.
The parent must leave and apply abroad. And once the parent departs the U.S., another part of the law bans his or her return for 10 years.
But hey, it always works to throw blue collar Conservatives scraps of raw meat. The AP reports, however:
In a late July Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 64 percent of Americans said they support either a path to permanent legal status or citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. According to the poll, a small majority of Republicans fall into the same category.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, having absolutely no control over Trumps bombastic style, tried to put a positive spin on things:
“I think we’re showing America that we’re the young, diverse party, offering a whole slew of options for people. And that’s a good thing.”
Yes folks, he actually said “young, diverse party”. Meanwhile his leading candidate throws racist bombs at every opportunity. In a total lack of self-awareness Priebus stated:
“The key for us, of course, now is to tap into something that allows us to cross into a cultural barrier, which has been hard for our party.”
Gee, I wonder why. But it’s not just about Latinos, it never is with the GOP. Here are a few other opinions from their front runner, courtesy of Politico:
“I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.” (USA Today, May 20, 1991)
Women: “You have to treat ’em like shit.” (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (Esquire, 1991)
“For many years I’ve said that if someone screws you, screw them back. When somebody hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can.” (How to Get Rich, 2004)
“My favorite part (of Pulp Fiction) is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: Bitch be cool. I love those lines.” (TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, 2005)
“The hardest thing for me about raising kids has been finding the time. I know friends who leave their business so they can spend more time with their children, and I say, ‘Gimme abreak!’” (New York magazine, Dec. 13, 2004)
What a guy. The Atlantic reports that the Republican establishment “feels helpless”:
A Politico survey of Republican insiders in Iowa and New Hampshire, published Friday, found 70 percent saying Trump’s immigration plan was harmful to the party’s image.
“He’s solidly put an anchor around the neck of our party, and we’ll sink because of it,” one Iowa Republican said.
In all fairness, they’ve been forging that anchor for decades; Donald Trump is only too happy to toss it over the side.