Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

Will the real DT please stand up?

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 18, 2016: Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner who began his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers; insisting he will make them pay for a border wall and most of all preaching forced deportation and a ban on Muslim immigrants, has now pulled a Mitt Romney.

That’s right – you heard me correctly! Trump has suddenly seen the light following his Super Tuesday GOP Primary wins and flip flopped somewhat on his draconian immigration stance.

The Donald got an epiphany at the recent GOP debates and insisted he is “changing.”

Let me quote him exactly: “I’m changing.”

Wow, really? But the Primary is not over yet? Do you think you have the crazy vote under lock and key that you can simply flip flop your way into the general election?

For those of you who missed it, Trump, in a stunner, now seemed to be embracing President Obama’s DREAMERS’ plan.

At the debate, Trump made a case for allowing highly educated immigrants to remain in the country.

“One of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges — they’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton, as soon as they’re finished they get shoved out,” he said. “They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately. They’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brainpower in this country.”

Sounds like language straight out of President’s Obama’s immigration reform mantra and most of all his executive orders which Republicans have blocked; you know – the same ones that would allow young immigrants, especially those in college, to secure a work permit and live legally in the U.S.

So either the Donald has woken up; is playing ‘Mitt’ politics before the general or is simply showing his true colors.

Either way, when questioned about whether he is abandoning his tough pledge to enforce the mass deportation of the undocumented population, Trump told debate moderator Megyn Kelly he was simply “softening the position, because we have to have talented people in this country.”

Sounds like the Donald that his Republican challengers have painted him to be. After all, as far back as 2013, Trump did meet with a group of DREAMERS, or undocumented immigrants brought to the country as youths.

So this begs the question – who exactly is the real Donald? Is he the anti-immigrant bigot that his rhetoric on the campaign trail  has made him out to be? Is he the “liberal” his challengers claim hiding under the dark conservative cover but really ready to give DREAMERS a chance?; or is he simply playing politics to win and saying what he needs to, to now bring the immigrant and huge Latino voting bloc over to his side after winning the right wing conservatives who have been so quick to embrace bigotry and demagoguery?

If that’s the game, then that ship has sailed Donald! No amount of “softening” will win over the majority of this bloc even though I’m sure you will win a smattering of good old Uncle Toms in both the black and Latino communities. Tuesday, March 1st proved that.

Or are you Donald, the wrecking ball that’s come to take out the Grand Old Party? Even if it’s unintentional, you certainly are doing a great job of it. Democrats are purring like Cheshire cats on the other side, certain of a win this November and remaining in the White House.

So let’s sing my adapted Miley Cyrus chorus for the sad demise of the party of Lincoln. Won’t you join me …. Let’s go – one, two, three:

“You came in like a wrecking ball; and never hit so hard you know. All you wanted was to build some walls; but all you ever did was wreck me. Yeah, you wrecked me!” 


The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.