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  • CBS News Report: Hispanic Leaders Advising Trump “Disgusted” After His Immigration Speech

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    CBS News reported that several Hispanic advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign felt “disgusted” by Trump’s hardline immigration speech in Arizona, noting that “some of these individuals resign[ed]” and that “they felt all of their work that they’ve done to this point was all for naught and that the campaign was sincerely not listening.”

    Faced with dismal polling numbers among Latino voters, Trump and his campaign suggested that there could be a “softening” on Trump’s immigration position. The campaign convened a National Hispanic Advisory Council that met with Trump on August 20, and on the August 24 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Trump said, “there certainly could be a softening” of his immigration policy.

    After Trump delivered the highly anticipated speech in which he solidified his extreme, hardline stance on immigration, media widely concluded that he had offered a “repackaged version of [his] standard stump lines” and that the term "pivot" should "be put in a lock box" when talking about Trump. MSNBC’s Ari Melber wrote that former Trump adviser Jacob Monty referred to Trump’s campaign as “a media play,” and Politico reported that other Trump surrogates -- including Alfonso Aguilar and Pastor Ramiro Pena -- were also reconsidering their support following the speech. According to Pena, "The 'National Hispanic Advisory Council' seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam."

    On September 1, CBS News live stream contributor Leslie Sanchez reported that “several individuals” from Trump’s council of Hispanic advisers described the August 31 speech as “horrible” “dishonest” and “tone-deaf.” Sanchez reported that the advisers felt “disgusted” about Trump’s tone and his indication that Mexico would pay for the wall when “hours prior he had been on stage with [Enrique] Peña Nieto, the Mexican president saying ‘we didn’t get into the dynamics of who would pay for the wall’.” Sanchez added that, “As one reported to me, he said “it’s as if they went with the hardliners who were always in Trump’s ear and ignored everything we just said.”

    From the September 1 CBS News Live Stream:

  • Even The Media Is Getting Sick Of The Trump “Pivot” Narrative

    ››› ››› CHRISTOPHER LEWIS

    Following Donald Trump’s heavily anticipated immigration speech, media figures have finally concluded that there will be no so-called “pivot” from the Republican presidential nominee. They are urging people to never “speak of Donald Trump pivoting ever, ever again” and claiming that talk of a Trump pivot needs to “be put in a lockbox.”

  • Right-Wing Radio Host Howie Carr Defends Trump Immigration Plan With 30 Minutes Of Racism

    ››› ››› JARED HOLT

    Boston Herald columnist and syndicated radio host Howie Carr spent the first 30 minutes of his August 31 radio show using anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim rhetoric to defend Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico and his proposed immigration policies. Carr, who has backed Trump throughout his campaign, also used anti-immigrant slurs such as “illegal alien” and “anchor baby” and said Mexican immigrants are “undesirables” who don’t work.

  • Según Los Medios, El Discurso De Trump Sobre Inmigración Fue Tan Extremista Como Siempre

    Blog ››› ››› CRISTINA LOPEZ

    Se especulaba que presentaría una postura suavizada, pero el candidato presidencial Republicano Donald Trump recitó en Arizona un discurso sobre inmigración que los medios calificaron de tan “extremista” como siempre.

    Después de “semanas de confusión” y ambigüedad en cuanto a los planes concretos que conforman su política de inmigración, Trump dejó claro el 31 de agosto que “su propuesta migratoria no tuvo nada nuevo de los planteamientos que había mencionado desde el inicio de su campaña”. Dio el mismo discurso "aterrador al máximo” como en su aceptación de la nominación durante la Convención Nacional Republicana, que para los latinos en los medios sonó “desagradable” y “apocalíptica”.

    Los medios de comunicación describieron el tan esperado discurso de Trump como una “versión reempacada de las líneas típicas” que ha venido repitiendo. Hicieron notar que se presentó como “el viejo Trump”, pues reiteró sus políticas migratorias extremas que incluyen un muro en la frontera pagado por México y la deportación de los inmigrantes indocumentados, visiones que comparte con su sheriff favorito, “la desgracia nacional” Joe Arpaio.

    Sin embargo, el discurso fue celebrado y bien recibido por parte del ala más extrema de la derecha: los medios de nacionalismo blanco y supremacía racial. Jared Taylor, quien tiene a su cargo la publicación del medio nacionalista American Renaissance, celebró en su cuenta de Twitter, mientras que David Duke -- ex líder del Ku Klux Klan -- lo calificó de “excelente”. Los medios de supremacía racial tienen una tendencia comprobada de explotar la presencia de inmigrantes en el país para justificar expresiones de violencia racial.

    Según Politico, el discurso migratorio de “línea dura” causó que varios de los representantes hispanos de Trump reconsideraran su apoyo al candidato. Además de ellos, por lo menos la mitad de los miembros de su junta de consejeros hispanos están preparándose para presentar su renuncia:

  • Watch The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Call Trump A "Clown" On MSNBC

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    From the September 1 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe

    JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): What did the chamber -- what's the chamber position? Have you all figured out -- and I'm being dead serious here -- what exactly he said yesterday. The totality of yesterday. I'm not even trying to be funny. What is his position?

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): There is no position.

    SCARBOROUGH: Because he seems to be trying to have it all. Throws the red meat out while he suggests that perhaps he's not going to deport families that have been here for ten years. What did you all take out of yesterday's events? And what exactly is Donald Trump's position because The [New YorkTimes and other publications can't quite figure it out?

    JAVIER PALOMAREZ: Well, therein lies the quandary that he has painted himself into this box. He's damned if he does, he's damned if he doesn't. He had to come back out and really kind of fire up his base. But the reality of it is, he hasn't done anything to help himself in terms of growing the number. And so I think he's done for with the Hispanic community. He's never going to see the White House if he doesn't get a significant portion of the Hispanic vote. I don't know if you guys speak Spanish but I want you to remember this one word, payaso.

    SCARBOROUGH: I was just saying that literally a second a go.

    BRZEZINSKI: Yeah.

    PALOMAREZ: It means clown. You know, this guy is a complete clown. I'm really sad for the American people and for the Republican party. They had an opportunity to put John Kasich, you know, front and center. Instead, they ended up with this payaso. And it's a complete waste of time, it is a complete waste of time. We need to get on with it already. The nation has got other things to worry about. Immigration reform is a monster that he created so he could slay it at the end of the day. It's not going to change things for this nation as we move forward here. We've got to deal with a broken immigration system, obviously. But it's got  to be done in a strategic fashion that makes sense on a going forward basis to fire up people and get this kind of hate filled, you know, this movement of hatred. It doesn't solve anything. 

    Previously

    CNN Fact-Checks Trump's False Claim That America Is Full Of Criminal Immigrants

    CNN's Gloria Borger: The Term "Pivot" Should "Be Put In A Lock Box" When Talking About Trump

    Media Reactions To Trump’s Immigration Speech: Same Extremist Trump

  • Watch MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Refuse To Cover Ann Coulter’s Praise For Trump’s Immigration Speech

    Brzezinski: I Won’t Use That Name Because “People Like That Have No Place In The Mainstream Conversation” 

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    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski slammed conservative commentator and Donald Trump supporter, Ann Coulter, refusing to say her name on the September 1 edition of Morning Joe after Coulter praised Trump’s widely condemned immigration speech as “the most magnificent speech ever given.” Coulter is a long time Trump supporter with a well established history of anti-immigration sentiment. Brzezinski slammed Coulter for running a business “fueled on hate speech and hurting people,” and refused to even say Coulter’s name on-air, asserting “people like that have no place in the mainstream conversation.” From the September 1 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

    JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): He does this all the time, he plays to the 40 percent, plays to the 41, 42 percent. And then he decides he's going to expand his base. He's done it on guns, --

    NICOLLE WALLACE: But he’s lying.

    SCARBOROUGH: He’s done it on immigration, he’s done it onall these other issues. And he will go out and then he gets criticized and then immediately he doesn't have the courage to stay up and then he immediately runs back in.

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): And if I could just say Alex wanted me to read a story and Alex, I will paraphrase it without using the name. And that is a person who basically runs a business for herself fueled on hate speech and hurting people. And is a huge supporter of Donald Trump. Loved the speech. It says it all. But a great leader in the media once mentioned to us, actually, not to ever mention this person's name because people like that have no place, no place in the mainstream conversation.

    SCARBOROUGH: So, he's got --

    BRZEZINSKI: They are hurting America.

    SCARBOROUGH: He's got his hardcore 40 percent supporting him.

    BRZEZINSKI: And people like that.

    SCARBOROUGH: But he's offended, again, he's offended some of his Hispanic supporters. The few that dared stick their neck out for him. And the college educated voters that have been staying away from him.

  • New York Times’ Widely Panned Review Of Trump’s Immigration-Focused Day Receives Heavy Edits After Publishing

    Blog ››› ››› ANDREW LAWRENCE

    The New York Times’ front page story on Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico and subsequent immigration speech was sharply denounced by reporters who said its positive tone did not match reality. Following the publication of the article and criticism from the press, the Times made numerous edits to the article.

    Following Trump’s widely criticized speech on immigration where he painted immigrants as murders, criminals running free, and “low-skilled workers with less education” taking jobs from citizens, the Times’ Patrick Healy published a glowing review of Trump’s “audacious attempt .. to remake his image on the divisive issue of immigration,” calling Trump’s trip to Mexico and subsequent speech a “spirited bid for undecided American voters to see him anew.” The original story read, in part:

    Donald J. Trump made an audacious attempt on Wednesday to remake his image on the divisive issue of immigration, shelving his plan to deport 11 million undocumented people and suggesting that the United States and Mexico would solve the immigration crisis together.

    In a spirited bid for undecided American voters to see him anew, Mr. Trump swept into Mexico City to make overtures to a nation he has repeatedly denigrated, then flew to Phoenix to outline his latest priorities on immigration — a stark turnaround from the “deportation force” and other severe tactics that helped win him the Republican nomination.

    […]

    On a more personal level, Mr. Trump also wanted to show undecided voters that he had the temperament and self-control of a statesman — qualities that many doubt he has — and also demonstrate that Americans did not need to worry every time he opened his mouth in a foreign country. He also hoped to show that he could acquit himself well on the world stage, something that is a clear strength of Mrs. Clinton, a former secretary of state, senator and first lady.

    After the article was published online, it was widely panned by reporters who said that its author had “apparently watched a completely different immigration speech” and produced a “systematic failure.”

    Following the criticism, heavy edits were made to the article without acknowledgment of the changes, including deleting the claim that the speech constituted a “sharp turnaround” from his previous rhetoric and added discussion of Trump’s failure to clarify his position on a variety of immigration-related issues. Additions included:

    Yet the juxtaposition of Mr. Trump’s dual performances was so jarring that his true vision and intentions on immigration were hard to discern. He displayed an almost unrecognizable demeanor during his afternoon in Mexico, appearing measured and diplomatic, while hours later he took the stage at his campaign rally and denounced illegal immigrants on the whole as a criminally minded and dangerous group that sows terror in communities and commits murders, rapes and other heinous violence.

    Mr. Trump also fervently tried to depict himself as an ally of average workers, saying their economic interests were far more important than the needs of undocumented workers. But he left unclear what would happen to those millions of illegal immigrants, saying only that “the appropriate disposition of those individuals” will take place at some future date after the criminals are deported and his border wall is built.

    By contrast, a Times editorial published online the same day criticized Trump’s speech and immigration proposals as “empty words strung together and repeated,” “brutally simple,” and “reverie of immigrant-fearing, police state bluster”:

    It’s ridiculous that Donald Trump’s immigration proposals — not so much a policy as empty words strung together and repeated — should have propelled him as far as they have. This confounding situation hit peak absurdity on Wednesday.

    It started with Mr. Trump’s meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, in Mexico City. It was surreal because Mr. Trump has spent his entire campaign painting Mexico as a nation of rapists, drug smugglers and trade hustlers who would have to pay for the 2,000-mile border wall that Mr. Trump was going to build. But instead of chastising Mr. Trump, Mr. Peña Nieto treated him like a visiting head of state at a news conference, with side-by-side lecterns and words of deferential mush.

    […]

    In a strident speech given over a steady roar of cheers, he restated his brutally simple message: Criminal aliens were roaming our streets by the millions, killing Americans and stealing our jobs, and he’d kick them all out with a new “deportation force,” build the wall and make America safe again.

    The speech was a reverie of immigrant-fearing, police-state bluster, with Mr. Trump gushing about building “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” assailing “media elites” and listing his various notions for thwarting evil foreigners. He said the immigration force might deport Hillary Clinton.

    UPDATE: On September 1, The New York Times’ public editor wrote a response to the criticism, admitting that “mistakes” were made, and recognizing that “many other major news sites managed to hit the mark.”

  • CNN Fact-Checks Trump's False Claim That America Is Full Of Criminal Immigrants

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    From the September 1 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

    DON LEMON (HOST): Donald Trump laying out his immigration plan in a speech tonight in Phoenix. Now, our CNN Reality Check team takes a look, here is our Tom Foreman. What do you have for us, Tom?

    TOM FOREMAN: Hey Don, you know the central theme of all of this, a big theme, was that among all the undocumented people in this country, there are a lot of dangerous criminals.

    [...]

    FOREMAN: 2 million. That is a whopping number, but analysts say to get to that number of criminals among this population, you basically have to count every possible infraction including traffic tickets. Maybe it is more realistic to look at this number from the Migration Policy Institute.

    1.4 million people on the priority list for apprehension for more serious offenses, or maybe you should even look at this number, 690,000 convicted of felonies or serious misdemeanors. That's another estimate that is out there. That seems credible in all of this. Still a big number, but only about a third of what Trump says.

    Nonetheless, he says he wants to go after them, he wants a task force to really crackdown on this population out there. The problem is one started just a year ago under the immigration office there. Priority Enforcement Program, that is what they call it, and it is aimed at getting the worst criminals off of the street.

    It's a big job. Maybe he will make it better. Maybe he will put more agents out there as he promised. Maybe he will do that on day one in terms of getting that started, so we can't say otherwise. That that part of the claim is true, but to the extent that none of this is going to produce immediate results, it simply can't. It is too big of a job. It is also misleading.

    Previously:

    White Nationalist Media Cheers Trump’s “Almost Perfect” Immigration Speech

    Media Reactions To Trump’s Immigration Speech: Same Extremist Trump

    CNN's Corey Lewandowski: Trump Immigration Speech Was A Tactical Decision To Appeal To White Males
     

  • Media Reactions To Trump’s Immigration Speech: Same Extremist Trump

    Trump Doubled Down On His Anti-Immigrant Policies

    ››› ››› BRENDAN KARET

    After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave a long-awaited speech promising to solidify his stance on immigration, media figures described Trump’s speech as a “repackaged version of Trump's standard stump lines,” and “vintage Trump,” highlighting his reiteration of his previously-detailed extreme policies.

  • MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt Calls Donald Trump’s Immigration Rant “Sophisticated”

    Hewitt: "This Was The Mainstream Policy" Of The Republican Party On Immigration

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    From the August 31 edition of MSNBC's The Place for Politics:

    STEVE KORNACKI (HOST): Do you think [Trump] provided clarity tonight, and do you think that that clarity that he provided, will it attract new voters who weren't already with him? 

    HUGH HEWITT: He provided clarity from the beginning of the day to the end, I think, Steve. It was his very best day of his presidential campaign. Bill Kristol earlier with Lawrence O'Donnell was making, I think, the key takeaway. When you start with the morning, bad news for Hillary Clinton all over the place. Her negatives are down in The Washington Post poll. Obamacare is falling apart. 30 new concealed emails on Benghazi. 

    Donald Trump goes down to Mexico, has a very perfectly normal diplomatic engagement with the president of Mexico, has a great press conference afterwards, takes questions, which Secretary Clinton won't take from the press in any setting, and then comes back and gives a very, very sophisticated speech that I think mirrors -- I did 170 interviews with active Republican presidential candidates. That was the mainstream policy what he articulated today. We do points one through ten first, and then we'll talk about the other people. I think it is a softening. I think it was sophisticated and very powerful.

    Previously:

    CNN's Gloria Borger: The Term "Pivot" Should "Be Put In A Lock Box" When Talking About Trump

    Sean Hannity Calls Donald Trump's Immigration Rant “Pivotal” And “Very Powerful”