Asked if he could support the anti-immigrant candidate, McCain declares ‘Oh yeah!’
PHOENIX – Despite widespread criticism of Donald Trump’s latest immigration proposal – to imitate a mass deportation program from the 1950s known by an “outdated, racist name” – John McCain declared again this weekend that he would support the anti-immigrant presidential candidate if Trump became his party’s nominee.
His reason? Because, McCain says, “I'm a loyal Republican.”
While McCain has spent recent weeks paying lip service to Latino voters in Arizona, Trump has spent months using offensive and belittling tactics when discussing Latinos and immigrants.
"John McCain’s tone-deaf declaration that he would be willing to support Donald Trump for president shows how out-of-touch he has become,” said Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Barbara Lubin. “Clearly McCain cares more about party loyalty than Arizona's Latino families. "
When Asked If He Would Support Donald Trump If Trump Won The GOP Presidential Nomination, McCain Said "Oh Yeah,” Explained, “I’m A Loyal Republican.” In a November 2014 interview with ABC 15, McCain was asked, "You just said you would support whoever the party's nominee is?" McCain replied, "Sure. I'm a loyal Republican." A reporter followed up, "Including Donald Trump? You would support him?" McCain replied, "Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I would support the nominee of the party and -- but I'd be worried about his lack of information, particularly on national security." [ABC 15 Arizona, 11/15/15]
September 2015: McCain On Donald Trump: “I Certainly Would Support The [GOP] Nominee” For President, “No Matter Who It Is.” According to The Hill, “Still, even GOP senators who have been at the wrong end of the Republican front-runner’s barbs say they’ll back him if he becomes their nominee. ‘It’s hard to predict because a lot of things happen between now and then, but I certainly would support the nominee, no matter who it is,’ said Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee whose war record and imprisonment in Vietnam were mocked over the summer by Trump.” [The Hill, 9/14/15]
Trump Hailed Eisenhower’s Mass Deportation Campaign As A Model For His “Deportation Force.” According to LA Times, “Esteban Torres was 3 years old when his father was sent back to Mexico by U.S. immigration authorities. ‘One day, my father didn’t come home,’ remembers Torres, who lived with his family in a mining camp in Arizona at the time. ‘My brother and I were left without a father. We never saw him again.’ Torres, 85, who went on to become a congressman representing the Pico Rivera area, was part of a generation of people whose lives were changed dramatically by large-scale deportation campaigns during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s in which millions of Mexican nationals were rounded up and sent across the border on buses, trains and ships. During Tuesday night’s Republican debate, Donald Trump hailed one of those campaigns — the Eisenhower administration effort known by the outdated, racist name Operation Wetback — as a model for the ‘deportation force’ he says he would deploy to swiftly remove the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status. ‘They moved 1.5 million out,’ Trump said, responding to rivals who said his plan would not work. ‘Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him,’ achieved it, he said.” [LA Times, 11/13/15]
Trump Blamed Mexican Immigrants For Bringing “Tremendous Infectious Disease.” According to Business Insider, “Donald Trump is doubling down on his controversial comments about Mexican immigration. The entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate sent out an epic three page, 881-word statement on Monday afternoon detailing his belief that ‘the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.’ ‘The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this,’ Trump wrote. ‘Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.’” [Business Insider, 7/6/15]
Trump Said He “Was Right On The Anchor Babies,” Blasted The Alleged Practice, And Refused To Drop His Usage Of The Term. According to NJ Advance Media, “Undeterred by critics who claimed his nearly 95-minute, insult-laden speech in Iowa on Thursday could hurt him, Donald Trump was upbeat and boasting about himself Friday in a talk to Florida Republicans. The billionaire businessman and former Atlantic City casino mogul took jabs at his opponents and said that he ‘was right on the anchor babies!’ — much like he said Thursday in Iowa. […] Again, like in Iowa, Trump took credit for predicting the threat of Osama bin Laden and being right on the ‘anchor baby situation.’ Trump in Iowa touted his use of the term ‘anchor babies’ to describe the children of unauthorized immigrants who are born in the U.S. and become citizens. On Friday, he blasted the policy and refused to change the way he described it.” [NJ Advance Media, 11/14/15]