After months of campaigning on polarizing anti-immigrant rhetoric, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is relaxing his tone and suggesting he’s open to immigration reform that directly contradicts his earlier policy positions.
As The Daily Wire reported, Trump met with his newly formed Hispanic advisory council Saturday to come up with ways to soften his stance on illegal immigrants in hopes of drawing a higher proportion of the Hispanic and Latino vote this November.
Since then, the real estate mogul’s campaign team has doubled-down on the idea of balancing “humane and efficient” immigration proposals alongside promises to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the border with Mexico.
As much as the Trump campaign tries to deny it, this is an obvious flip-flop. A Trump aide recently told The New York Post, “Nothing’s changed,” resisting the notion that the candidate is reforming his immigration agenda.
"No, I'm not flip-flopping. We want to come up with a very fair but firm answer," Trump says on Fox when asked about changing on deportation— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 22, 2016
In response to dismal poll numbers, Trump is attempting to recalibrate his messaging and appeal to voters that may have been turned off by his controversial rhetoric on immigrants.
Even as Trump and his aides suggest that things are staying the same, the billionaire businessman’s new high-profile hires are signaling a shift ahead of the November election.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explicitly stated that it “has yet to be determined" whether Trump will renege on his pledge to deport all 11 million immigrants living in the country.
Here’s the interview for your viewing pleasure: