The most puzzling thing about Donald Trump’s position on illegal immigration is not the flap of the past few days but how he for months doubled and tripled down on what he called a mistake from Mitt Romney in 2012–and that it’s taken him more than a year to try to fix things.
Look past the amnesty memes on Twitter and the irony of Mr. Trump changing his tune on his signature issue just as Ann Coulter is promoting her book “In Trump We Trust.” Look further past a more serious issue: that a perfectly timed speech and Web video from Hillary Clinton on Mr. Trump’s flirtation with the “alt-right” shifts attention back to Mr. Trump and away from her latest email woes and questions about “pay for play” access to U.S. officials for donors to the Clinton family foundation. The alt-right base feels understandably betrayed at their non-conformist candidate pulling such a conventional politician’s move. (As Jeb Bush put it Thursday, “All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into.”)
We all know why Mr. Trump is offering softer language: He is losing. He’s losing badly among groups that he and his supporters have mocked over the past 14 months: Hispanics, African-Americans, disabled Americans, Wall Street types. But his significant problem is his failure to attract support among the educated white middle class that populates suburban malls, driving around in late-model SUVs, striving to teach their children tolerance and kindness. In other words, so many of the “establishment” Republicans and moderates who make up the swing vote in places such as Bucks County, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; and Aurora, Colo.Read the rest of this WSJ op-ed HERE.
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