Flashback 2012: Trump Criticized GOP for Being ‘Mean-Spirited’ on Immigration

There’s been an old Donald Trump interview getting some attention on Twitter today for what Trump had to say in 2012 about the GOP’s approach to immigration:

Yes, back in 2012, weeks after Mitt Romney last the election, Trump spoke to Newsmax and, well, said all this:

Whether intended or not, comments and policies of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates during this election were seen by Hispanics and Asians as hostile to them, Trump says.

“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” the billionaire developer says.

“The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

He said Romney’s “crazy policy of self deportation” cost him the Latino vote and the Republican party in general needs to “take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country.”

And just for fun, here’s how Mediaite’s own Andrew Kirell reacted to that at the time:

Of course, the irony in Trump’s suggestion that the GOP should try to appeal to minorities is that he himself did a great deal of damage to the Romney campaign’s reputation… even if they never expressly endorsed Trump’s wacky pursuits. After all, relentlessly labelling the current Democratic president a Kenyan-born fraud who is not “one of us” and is most definitely here to destroy America with his policies, is… not exactly appealing to minorities.

Also, just a few days ago, it was Romney publicly criticizing Trump for making a “severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans.”

Oh, how the tables have turned.

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