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This was a bad day for the Republican Party. The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual reminder of how easily the GOP could slip into obscurity if right-wing activists are given full control of the party’s image.
Celebrity mogul Donald Trump opened CPAC’s second day with a rambling address that predicted “serious trouble” for his party and touted a racially tinged immigration agenda. Trump predicted that 11 million illegal immigrants “will be voting Democratic” if given legal status, and he endorsed freer borders for European immigrants – “people whose sons went to Harvard!”
That won’t help the GOP’s miserable standing among Hispanics.
Wiser words were not spoken.
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