Donald Trump Defends Arizona's Immigration Law
In an interview that's sure to revive CNN's brand and make Larry King relevant again in the non-celebrity-divorce sense, here's reality-teevee show host and builder of sketchy condo-hotels Donald Trump, SPEAKING OUT! Thrill to the oversimplified takes on everything, up to and including Arizona's new immigration law.
At the 3:05 mark, you can enjoy Trump's monologue on the matter, remixed from stuff he's heard on television.
TRUMP: Well it all starts with the Federal government not coming out with a law. They've been talking about it for years and they still haven't done anything about it. And Arizona is really getting crime-ridden. There's people coming over, there's killings all over the place, there's shootings all over the place.
KING: But do you favor stopping people on the street?
TRUMP: What are you going to do? I mean, are you going to stop people to see if they're supposed to be there? And personally as a citizen I wouldn't mind, I really wouldn't mind.
KING: [to Melania] Would you mind if people from Slovenia were stopped if they looked funny?
M. TRUMP: Well, I think everybody needs to have papers, you know, and be legally here. We need to have papers if we go anywhere else in the world, so people need to have also the papers here.
Trump went on to describe the proposed boycott of Arizona as "ridiculous" on the grounds that Arizona was "one of our states" and a "productive state" and a "wonderful state" (despite, I guess, the "killings all over the place!"). King asked if he felt Mexican-Americans are right to feel disdainful of the law, and that's when things got a little weird:
TRUMP: Well, I can see that, but if you think about it, and nobody wants to say it, you have a Mexican-American, and then you have a blonde guy walking down the street, well Mexico doesn't have a lot of blondes, okay? And these are the people who are coming across the border.
And then Trump went on to take the other side of the issue, saying that "you have a lot of great people coming in" to pick crops and mow lawns (and, you know, build dodgy condo-hotels), and that these are jobs that Trump feels "not a lot of Americans" want to do.
"That's the dichotomy," said Trump, who I think is trying to learn some new vocabulary words.
Anyway, there you have it. Donald Trump has opinions on immigration, for some reason, and CNN had some cameras just sitting there, with nothing better to do, so this happened!