Political Weekly Wrap-Up

Trump Contradicts Himself

The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for Trump supporters, as the Republican Presidential Nominee made many contradicting statements on his stance on immigration.

The swirl of opinions began last Monday on The O’Reilly Factor,” when Trump praised former President Bush and President Obama’s immigration laws, people Trump has attacked multiple times in the past year.

“What people don’t know was that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country,” Trump said. “Bush, the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws.”

Trump again startled his supporters last Thursday at a town hall meeting hosted by Sean Hannity, stating that, “There could certainly be a softening,” when it comes to the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Although the twist and turns Trump has made on his stance are challenging his campaign’s previous rhetoric, he attempted to clarify his statements in an interview with Anderson Cooper last Thursday.

“I don’t think it’s a softening,” Trump said. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening actually.”

However, the Trump campaign once again muddled its message , after Trump contradicted statements from November about mass deportation, saying, “You can’t take 11 [million undocumented immigrants] at one time and just say ‘Boom, you’re gone.'”

Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, also refused to echo these statements from November in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN Sunday, yet repeatedly said that nothing has changed for immigration within the Trump campaign.

Although Trump did lay out an immigration policy on Wednesday and, an ad was released by the Trump campaign on Monday, featuring contradicting claims from two different tax plans, making it even more unclear where Trump really stands on these issues.

Immigration Speech

Trump had a busy Wednesday, first meeting with the President of Mexico to discuss their ideas on immigration, and then flying to Phoenix, Arizona for a speech on his unclear immigration policy.

In Mexico City, Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto discussed their views on immigration. President Peña Nieto made his opinion clear, saying that the illegal immigration rate into the U.S., “had its peak 10 years ago, and has been consistently decreasing.”

“My priority as president of Mexico and for the Mexican government is to protect Mexican citizens, wherever they are,” Peña Nieto said.

Trump said that a discussion of the wall he has vowed to build did take place, but the issue of paying for the wall did not come up.

Trump then flew to Phoenix for a speech on immigration, a policy that has been ambiguously discussed in the past week. Speakers included former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence, all of whom discussed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the issues of immigration.

The Republican nominee began his speech by discussing the importance of building a new relationship with Mexico, saying, “We’re going to go about creating a new relationship between our two countries, but it’s going to be a fair relationship.”

Trump also blamed the media and politicians for not reporting on the facts of the U.S. immigration system, and mocked the current idea of immigration reform. He also highlighted the importance of listening to the concerns of working Americans and the impact immigration has on their lives.

Trump did lay out his plan for immigration, and promised to have both the U.S and Mexico in mind. “

In the end, we’re all gonna win.”

Trump Down In Polls, But Rising

According to the NBC News Survey Monkey Weekly Election Poll on Monday, Clinton’s lead on Trump has slightly dropped from 8 to 7 points among voters. Although Trump seems to be slightly rising in the polls, many believe the numbers are still not promising.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway recently defended Trump’s voter base, arguing that the polls are weapons being used by, “media outlets that are also bent on his destruction.”

Conway also defended Trump’s recent statements to black voters and black communities in general, saying that the presidential nominee deserves credit for ,”taking the case directly to the people.”

“This entire conversation had to be had,” Conway said in an interview on Good Morning America last Friday. “Republican presidential nominees usually aren’t bold enough to go into communities of color and take the case right to them, and compete for all ears and compete for all votes.”

The recent rise in polls for Trump may signify that voters agree with Conway, but for now, the Republican nominee still has a lot of catching up to do.

Rauner: “Our System Of Government Is Broken”

Gov. Rauner urged for the repair of a, “rigged and gerrymandered” system last Friday, after the Illinois Supreme Court declared a redistricting initiative unconstitutional.

Rauner told reporters, “our system of government is broken.”

The Republican Governor pressed for a change of the system, as the current political map in Illinois, drawn by Democrats who also control the General Assembly, have left many legislative races without challengers to current legislators.

“Two-thirds of our general elections don’t have opponents, and we’ve got to change the system,” Rauner said.

Rauner also blamed the, “powerful political machine in Chicago” for the political uneasiness, and is driving for political reform through voters in 2018, when the next constitutional amendment for redistricting will be put to vote.


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