‘Call It Whatever the Hell You Want. They’re Gone’
Wednesday night in an anti-immigrant speech in the state known for its anti-immigrant policies Donald Trump delivered what he called a “detailed policy speech” on immigration. While it was low on policy and high on hate, Trump managed to give enough specifics for The Washington Post to calculate that 6.5 million people would be immediately deported by what Trump called his “special deportation task force.”
â€œThe police and law enforcement â€”Â they know who these people are. They live with these people. They get mocked by these people,â€ Trump told the ginned-up crowd in Phoenix, desperate for red meat after weeks of campaign lies and obfuscation about Trump’s immigration policies. â€œThey can’t do anything about these people, and they want to. They know who these people are. Day one, my first hour in office, these people are gone.â€
Up to 2 million people would be subject to immediate deportation based on having violated any laws, including misdemeanors. That number would more than double to 4.5 million to include people who have overstayed their visas.Â
â€” New Day (@NewDay) September 1, 2016
The Washington Post concludes in total, “the number of individuals prioritized for removal by ICE agents would range between aboutÂ 5.0 and 6.5 million, according to available data and estimates.”
â€œAnd you can call it deported if you want. The press doesn’t like that term. You can call it whatever the hell you want. They’re gone,â€ Trump told supporters, who by the end of his 75 minute speech were enthralled.
â€œWe will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. We will break the cycle. There will be no amnesty,â€ Trump said, refuting rumors and suggestions made by him and his campaign over the past few weeks there would be a “softening” and a “pivot” on his policies.
There is no softening and no pivot. Trump is going for all-out, hard-core anti-immigrant hate, so much so that halfway through his speech comparisons to Hitler an Neo-Naziism were flying on social media.
â€œOur message to the world will be this. You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country. Can’t do it.â€
â€œAnyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have law,â€ Trump said, meaning that likely well over 11 million people are today living in heightenedÂ and desperate fear.
Ultimately, Trump’s goal, as he mentioned in his speech, is to greatly reduce the number of immigrants in America, by deporting all 11+ million, and then vastly changing America’s policies so fewer immigrants are allowed legal entry.
Image: Screenshot via YouTube video of speech
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RNC Chair Asked Nominee for $500,000 in Possible Pay-to-Play Scheme for Ambassadorship: Report
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appears to be enmeshed in an possible pay-to-play scheme, asking a nominee for $500,000 after his ambassadorship nomination ran into trouble.
When the confirmation for President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Bahamas stalled in the Senate, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Rona McDaniel dashed off an email to the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester.
“Would you consider putting together $500,000 worth of contributions from your family to ensure we hit our ambitious fundraising goal?” McDaniel wrote in an email, according to CBS News, which reports the email came “as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance.”
Manchester, who had donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund, replied quickly.
“As you know I am not supposed to do any, but my wife is sending a contribution for $100,000,” he wrote. “Assuming I get voted out of the [Foreign Relations Committee] on Wednesday to the floor we need you to have the majority leader bring it to a majority vote … Once confirmed, I our [sic] family will respond!”
CBS spoke with Manchester, telling him, “You know what this looks like.”
“Well — it looks like it to you. But it’s not the facts,” Manchester responded. “My wife gave out of separate funds and she in fact loves Donald Trump.”
Manchester told CBS it’s just “part of politics.”
“You give and you give and you give and you give some more and more and more,” he said.
He ultimately was forced to withdraw.
This is not the first ambassador nominee who has given huge sums to the RNC or to team Trump. Gordon Sondland, who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal, became Trump’s ambassador to the European Union despite having no experience for the role. He also gave Trump’s inauguration committee $1 million. The New Republic reports many of Trump’s ambassadors are high-dollar donors.
Among them, Kelly Knight Craft, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, “donated $1 million alongside her husband.”
No Way Pence Didn’t Know What Trump Was Up to in Ukraine After Aide’s Revelations: CNN Panel
A CNN panel discussion on testimony given by a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said her revelations about what she knew about President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings can only mean Pence knew and is lying.
Speaking with New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, contributor Kaitlan Collins stated Jennifer Williams’ description of Trump’s Ukraine phone call was expected to set Trump off, which it did when the president raged at her on Sunday as a “Never Trumper.”
“We kind of saw this coming, that they anticipated the president could be frustrated by her testimony,” Collins explained. “Because in the weeks before, when she was going to testify behind closed doors, we saw them distancing themselves from her. Yes, she works in our office, but she’s the State Department employee detailed to our office.”
Collins added Williams, “was on the call with the president. She traveled with Pence when he went to Warsaw to meet with the Ukrainian president.”
“She’s not some low-level staffer,” she continued. “She’s also not an eager witness. No one even realized she was on the call until someone else on the call named her to house investigators, that’s why she was called to testify in the first place.”
Former White House official Joe Lockhart jumped int to say Pence had to know what William had heard during the call.
“I think the other thing about Jennifer Williams, and it’s not getting as much attention, is she does place Vice President Pence in an awkward position,” Lockhart suggested. “He either has to argue he doesn’t read his briefing book, doesn’t listen to his staff, or I was in on this. It’s one or the other. So far he’s escaped scrutiny here, but he was briefed on his way to Warsaw by her and apparently, it was in his briefing book”
Trump’s Alleged ‘Checkup’ at Walter Reed Was ‘Non-Routine and Scheduled Last Minute’: Report
President Donald Trump’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow “routine” protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.
A source familiar with Trump’s visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to that source.
During normal circumstances, medical center staff would have received instructions about a “VIP” visit ahead of time.
“That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was a non-routine visit and scheduled last minute,” Diamond reported.
A second source also told CNN that the trip to Walter Reed was “abnormal.”
The White House is on record insisting that the visit was part of the president’s annual “routine” physical exam.
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