Donald Trump was the closing speaker at the day-long Family Leadership Summit in Ames organized by The Family Leader, a Christian conservative organization.
Donald Trump warned the GOP that the proposed immigration bill will be a “death wish” for the Republican Party.
From The Donald’s speech today:
“People come in illegal. You need border security. It all starts. Either you have a country or you don’t. It’s very simple. You either have a country or you don’t. And having a country starts with security at your borders… Now, when it comes to immigration you have to do the right thing. You have to. In your own heart you’re dealing with lives, you’re dealing with human beings. You have to do the right thing. But it’s gotta be done in a very smart and methodical method. The Republicans, let’s say, I hear 11 million illegals. Well, I hear the number could be much higher than that. If you do something where they get a vote just remember, and I think I was the first one to say it. I don’t know if you remember, I said this a long time ago when it first came up. Every one of those people, virtually, will be voting Democratic. Do what’s right but be careful. It could be a death wish for the Republican Party.”
ABC News reported on the event today:
Real estate and reality television mogul Donald Trump descended on Iowa Saturday with a series of stern warnings for his party on immigration reform and the 2016 presidential election.
The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate and is now facing an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives “could be a death wish for the Republican Party,” Trump said, alluding to the millions of undocumented immigrants who could eventually get the right to vote.
“Every one of those people — virtually — will be voting Democratic,” he said. “They’re not voting Republican.”
Trump spoke at a forum organized by the Iowa-based conservative group, the Family Leader, on the campus of Iowa State University — the site of the quadrennial Ames Straw Poll, which was held two years ago this week.
Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump predicted that “Hillary is going to be tougher to beat” than President Obama was last year. He urged Republicans to pick “the right person, the perfect person” to be the party’s nominee.
If the party fails to do so, he said, “Republicans are going to get drubbed in the 2016 election — and that’s not going to be a good thing.”
Recalling the 2012 presidential campaign, Trump said he was fond of Mitt Romney “personally,” but “I don’t know what the hell happened with his campaign.” He also complained that the Romney campaign didn’t use him as a campaign surrogate enough during the general election: “I think they felt I was a little controversial.”