In interviews earlier that same day, Donald Trump gave media a preview of his February 28 congressional address. It would include goals of a new and nicer immigration policy, he told them.
Speaking about a “compromise on both sides” that he would propose, he told journalists his address included mention of giving legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
That would be quite a progressive accomplishment, too, since President Barack Obama’s attempt to do the same (the “DREAM Act”) was shot down by Republicans many times.
And media were happy to report Trump’s change of heart.
But when it came time for his congressional address, Trump didn’t mention this “compromise” a single time. Not once.
In fact, Trump only spoke about immigration from the opposite perspective, reiterating his same xenophobic messages broadcast throughout his election campaign:
“finally enforcing our immigration laws”
“illegal immigrant gang member”
“victims of immigration crime”
“viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant”
And that, says CNN’s Sara Murray, means he pulled a “bait and switch” on the press. Appearing on CNN’s “Inside Politics” on March 1, Murray said of the Trump Administration:
“Basically they fed up things that they thought these anchors would like, that they thought would give them positive press coverage for the next few hours.”
Even worse, the Trump Administration openly acknowledged it pulled this trick, too, Murray said.
“A senior administration official admitted that it was a misdirection play.”
You can watch Murray offer these statements beginning at the 2:20 mark in the video below:
Featured image snipped from video of CNN’s “Inside Politics”