Trump Capitalized on GOP Dissatisfaction With Elites
“Whatever possessed you Montgomery Burnses in the establishment and your Smitheresque enablers to think that we aren’t serious about conservatism is beyond me. Maybe it’s because you yourselves are not serious about conservatism. Instead, you’re in it for the power and prestige and position. We aren’t. And we’re mad as hell about your lies. Don’t think Donald Trump’s willingness to speak truth to fraudulence is something we don’t appreciate. Some of us just prefer the Republican candidate doing it be an actual Republican,” says Kurt Schlicter at Townhall.com.
“You ought to be learning from this, but you seem almost as stubbornly resistant to facts and evidence as the Trump superfans. Look at the candidates you keep trying to shove down our throats – astonishingly, they manage to simultaneously be both stiffs and squishes.”
Unsurprisingly, Libertarian Slams Trump
“They also rightly shriek at the thought of new, costly swarms of IRS, EPA or other government agents interfering in private business contracts to enforce Obamacare and other onerous regulatory boondoggles. But, for some reason, many of these same conservatives reject these facts and principles when the subject turns to legal immigration and trade. Indeed, a quick review of the economic section of Trump’s immigration plan reveals many of the same non-market mechanisms — wage controls, “hire American” requirements, and supply restrictions — that conservatives oppose in almost every other context. That section does not, of course, mention the fiscal cost or economic reality of Trump’s restrictionist plans,” says Scott Lincicome of the CATO Institute.
Did Donald Trump Declare War on Mexico?
“In 2012, Donald Trump criticized Republicans for seeming “mean-spirited” on immigration and alienating Hispanic voters. (His target was that notorious wild-eyed radical, Mitt Romney.) Fast forward a mere three years, and the candidate who “tells it like it is” has flip-flopped 180 degrees, putting forward what amount to a plan to declare war on Mexico. Trump’s plan includes all the characteristics of a war short of actual fighting: the threat of an embargo, a plan to build a defensive wall, and a demand for reparations from the (presumably) defeated enemy,” says Robert Tracinski at The Federalist.
Federalist Publisher Declares Support for Birthright Citizenship
“Let’s talk about birthright citizenship for a moment. First, understand that birthright citizenship is and has been one of the things that is relatively unique to the American experiment. Simply because one is born in Paris does not make you a Parisian. But there is no bar of ethnicity or loyalty that prevents you from being an American. Everyone has a birthplace, and if that birthplace is America, you arrive in this world as an American, with a duty of protection owed by the government to you, honoring your rights and claims to liberty as it does for all Americans, and a pledge of allegiance owed from you to the republic that defends and secures those liberties,” says Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist.
“To me, this is a beautiful example of what makes America unique. We do not seek to build a republic out of the bloodstream of elites, but understand that even out of the wretched refuse of the world can come a nation that is the envy of it, and that within each beating heart of a child born in America, no matter the meanness of his origins, is a limitless potential and a spark of the divine.”
The Continuing Divide in the GOP
“GOP establishment is trying so hard to discredit Trump that they don’t seem to realize that they are angering a large portion of their own constituency, which is hungering for leadership and a willingness to openly defy P.C. norms. To paraphrase Hamlet, me thinks they dost protest too much, and it is beginning to backfire on them and cause them to take openly hypocritical positions,” says Elizabeth Price Foley at Instapundit.com.
“Indeed, they are now taking the position that deporting illegal immigrants is wrong. Oh, how the establishment loves to talk tough on immigration when it suits its purposes of ginning up conservatives on election day. But when a candidate comes along who actually wants to do something about the issue–and isn’t afraid to defy political correctness to do so–the GOP establishment suddenly cries foul, and brands him a fool, dictator, or police state zealot. The necessary implication is that the GOP establishment is all hat, no cattle on immigration.”
Buchanan: The Issue of the Century
“While [Frank] Sharry is a bit hysterical, he is not entirely wrong. For the six-page policy paper, to secure America’s border and send back aliens here illegally, released by Trump last weekend, is the toughest, most comprehensive, stunning immigration proposal of the election cycle,” says Pat Buchanan.
“The Trump folks were aided by people around Sen. Jeff Sessions, who says Trump’s plan ‘re-establishes the principle that America’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens.’”
Former Bush Aide Critical of Trump Plan
“Fox News Channel host Dana Perino slammed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration plan as ‘totally unworkable, and impractical’ on Monday’s broadcast of ‘The Five,’” Breitbart News says.
National Review Editors: Trump Plan a Good Start for Any GOP Nominee
“Even though he has made it the cornerstone of his campaign, Donald Trump’s immigration hawkishness has until now consisted of bravado rather than substance. His newly released immigration platform, while bearing characteristic flaws, is a marked improvement: It is sensible in its basic outline and better in many respects than the ideas presented by his rivals. Trump grounds his policies in ‘three core principles’ — that a nation should control its border, enforce its immigration laws, and put its own workers first — that are not only unobjectionable but should be the starting point of any reasonable immigration policy. How regrettable that until now, none of the candidates have articulated them in any systematic way,” says National Review in an editorial.