Having once embraced the Tea Party through its signature birther platform, which contends President Obama is not a US citizen, billionaire Donald Trump has suddenly cooled his own rhetoric and now suggests that it’s the Republican party have failed to recognize the increasing diversity of the nation.
'Republicans didn't have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,' Trump told Newsmax this week in a dramatic about-face that has stunned fellow conservatives.
In fact, he said in a report quoted on ABC, Republicans appeared hostile toward minorities this election cycle.
'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,' he said. 'They didn't know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.'
In fact the Democrats and Obama fought for the DREAM Act, ensuring that young people whose parents came here illegally are able to become legal residents and, ultimately, citizens. The Democrats also support comprehensive immigration reform.
In contrast Trump told Newsmax that Mitt Romney's 'self-deportation' idea gave Hispanics the impression that Republicans do not care about them.
'He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal,' Trump said. 'It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.'
A record number of Latinos voted in this election, accounting for 10 percent of the electorate, and they voted overwhelmingly for Obama. The president received about 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, while Romney garnered only about 27 percent.
Trump called on the Republican Party to 'take care of this incredible immigration problem.'
Trump won praise and disdain during the election season for repeatedly questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States.
Even when presented with incontrovertible evidence that the president is indeed a U.S.-born citizen, Trump persisted.
On election night Trump tweeted a call for a revolution and called the election a 'sham and a travesty.'
At the time Trump's tweets prompted NBC news anchor Brian Williams to claim he had 'driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.'
No Irish Need Apply? Not anymore