Donald Trump has maintained a comfortable lead atop the GOP primary polls since announcing his candidacy last month. According to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Trump leads with 24 percent of the overall vote. Trailing him are Jeb Bush, with 13 percent, and Ben Carson, with 9 percent. Close behind those three are Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, both with 8 percent.
Trump has managed to maintain his lead despite releasing a controversial immigration policy last week, which would enact strict limitations on those crossing the Mexican border and already living in the U.S. illegally. The Wall Street Journal published an article criticizing Trump’s immigration plan, referring to the presidential candidate as running on “The Deportation Party.” The article compares Trump’s desire to deport Mexican immigrants to the harsh policies the U.S. imposed against Irish and Italian immigrants in the early 20th century.
Trump appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss the article this week, again doubling down on his unforgiving immigration views. “If you look, we spent last year $113 billion on illegal immigrants. We have to do something about it, and we have to start by building a wall. A big, beautiful, powerful wall. It can have a gate, it can have a door, we’ll let people in legally, but we have to stop what’s happening to our country because we’re losing our country.” O’Reilly voiced his support for the wall, arguing against the illegal drug trade in addition to illegal immigration.
Yet O’Reilly also pressed Trump on the issue of the 14th amendment, particularly on the issue of birthright citizenship. Trump said amending the constitution would “take too long,” claiming he’d “much rather find out if anchor babies are actually citizens.” On every immigration issue, Trump remains overly strict yet also feigns sympathy with Hispanic voters — claiming he’ll “win” that segment of the vote. Trump has also faced some heat for his use of the term “anchor babies,” but both he and Bush have defended the phrase.
Overall, Trump's appearance on the show was friendly. O'Reilly pressed the candidate on some issues, but mostly let him answer however he wanted to respond. At the end, O'Reilly jokingly alluded to Trump's confrontation with Megyn Kelly by asking whether it was a fair interview. "You're always fair, and I appreciate it. I think you've always been fair," Trump said.
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