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Trump Spokesperson Tries To Defend Immigration Change, Gets Laughed At On-Air (VIDEO)

Last night at a town hall meeting broadcast on Fox News, GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump did a complete 180 degree turn when he said he will not deport 11 million Hispanic immigrants from the United States even though he’s been saying he would do exactly that for the past 14 months.

This morning on CNN, Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson made a failed attempt to defend the Donald’s massive flip-flop on the signature issue of his campaign. She was asked by host Erica Hill about how this relates to the personal attacks Trump has made on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton:

“Would it not be more effective to go after the policies she said are oppressive? To go after the things that the Trump campaign would like to point out in their eyes are not working on Hillary Clinton’s side, as opposed to name calling?”

Pierson tried to answer the question, but only came up with this bit of drivel:

“Hillary Clinton goes out there and panders, she goes on a radio show and talks about having hot sauce in her purse. That’s pandering,. And Mr. Trump sees this as an opportunity to show Americans he’s not your typical Republican. A Republican that has not gone into the communities, because, I want to remind everyone, Mr. Trump, this March, went to Chicago. He went to take his message to the community and what we saw was destruction. That’s part of the reason he’s speaking to the public at all of his rallies.”

Asked directly about Trump now changing his policy on immigration, Pierson tried to deny it had happened:

“He hasn’t changed his position. He has changed the word he is saying.”

Amanda Carpenter, who had worked for the Cruz campaign this year, began to laugh, and who can blame her? But Pierson only made matters worse, continuing:

“What he has said from the beginning, he — no. He does not want to allow people to stay in this country illegally. He does want to build the wall but that’s exactly what he said from the beginning.”

Hill was quick to interject:

“Katrina, he has said get them out. This is a shift, a flip-flop, whatever words you want to use.”

Pierson still floundered:

“No, Erica, it is how it’s being discussed now. He said if they’re here illegally, they’ll have to go.”

“Deportation force. So, now he is shifting. Katrina, there is a definite different message that we’re hearing now.”

Making matters worse, Pierson declared:

“There is not a different message. He is using different words to give the message because everyone on the news is saying that he is a bigot and that he is a racist because of the words he uses. Now he is simply saying yes, we’re going to follow the law, enforce the law, which ICE is immigration and customs, they do remove people from the country here illegally. He wants to start with the criminals.’

Honestly, have you ever seen a bigger clusterf*ck than the Trump campaign?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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