Linda Chavez, August 26, 2016
It would be funny if the stakes weren’t so deadly serious. Donald Trump, who launched his campaign for the presidency by attacking Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals,” is suddenly embracing the idea of working out a way to give legal status to undocumented immigrants who have been here a long time and have kept out of trouble.
Trump won’t call it amnesty, of course, but his position is little different from what’s in the “Gang of Eight” bill his allies on conservative talk radio and cable shows have been deriding as amnesty for years. Of course, Trump’s position could change again between the time you begin reading this column and the time you finish it, but for the moment, let’s take Trump at his (latest) word.
In a town hall meeting hosted by Sean Hannity this week, Trump said the following: “Everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump.’ I mean, I have it all the time. It’s a very, very hard thing.” Indeed.
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO:
From the very first line of her August 26 column, Linda Chavez proves that she will spout any distortion she deems necessary in service to her ultimate cause of amnesty for the thirty million or more foreigners currently residing in this country illegally. And considering that her mindset mirrors the “mainstream” of the GOP Establishment, it is no wonder that despite eight horrendous years of the Obama Administration, the Republican Party is nevertheless held in general contempt by grassroots conservatives.
In a total and deliberate misrepresentation of Donald Trump’s words, Chavez contends in the first sentence of her column that he attacked “Mexican immigrants” as rapists and criminals. In truth, Trump warned that rapists and criminals are indeed slipping through America’s hemorrhaging southern border along with the countless millions of others who have illegally entered. In no way did Trump ever level a blanket accusation as Chavez implies. But such details are of no consequence to the point which Chavez once again intends to make, namely that open borders is the only proper course for America.
Of course Chavez doesn’t blatantly make that statement. However, whenever the matter is discussed by her, every single precept she attempts to solidify is directed to that end. And even a cursory examination of her past writing inarguably proves that to be the unwavering policy position she holds.
Later in her commentary, Chavez actually seeks to legitimize the 2013 amnesty bill that was promoted under blatantly false pretenses by the infamous Senate “Gang of 8.” Chavez happily highlights the ostensibly “bipartisan” nature of the bill by listing the Republicans (Senators McCain, Rubio, Graham, and Flake) who participated in the treacherous effort. What she conveniently omits are the names of its Democrat collaborators, Senators Bennet (D.-CO), Durbin (D.-Il), Mendendez (D.-NJ) and Schumer (D.-NY), hard-core leftists all. Anyone with even a casual knowledge of politics inside the Beltway is instantly aware of their ultra-liberal ideology.
Also unmentioned by Chavez was the bill’s most ardent champion, Barack Obama. Irrespective of any platitudes offered by the Gang’s RINO members, Obama and his Democrat accomplices knew that their party stood to gain uncontested political supremacy, were the bill ever to be enacted. Accordingly, Chavez is as disinterested in such minutia as she has ever been, touting instead all of the imagined benefits of open borders and amnesty.
Ultimately, the singular goal of this Chavez article is to discredit Donald Trump, to the sole benefit of the Democrats in November. Despite operating under the mantle of being “Republican” (as have so many others who endeavor to advance the Democrat agenda), Chavez exhibits neither the intellectual honesty to effectively confront the issues facing America, nor any respect for her readership. Rather, as a “relic” of those bygone days of a Republican Party that existed on a foundation of empty platitudes, she offers a line of reasoning that has proven itself ambivalent to the fate of America, and contemptuous of those who earnestly seek to resuscitate it. Consequently, if Chavez and those who share her sentiments are successful, the GOP faces eventual extinction, and our once-great nation along with it.
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