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Trump knows ‘mean-spirited’

“Donald Trump: Mean-Spirited GOP Won’t Win Elections.” That was the priceless, Onion-worthy headline on the conservative Web site Newsmax yesterday. But it was a very serious interview with Donald Trump, the man who perpetuated the mean-spirited and racist birther lie against President Obama during and after his own flirtation with running for the Republican nomination for president.

“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” Trump told Ronald Kessler of Newsmax. “The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it.” And then Trump told Kessler this about Mitt Romney and “self deportation.”

“He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal,” Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”

Despite campaigning for him, Trump was never a big fan of Mitt Romney. That’s why his body slam of the Republican nominee didn’t surprise me. Still, after engaging in some of the most mean-spirited rhetoric of the campaign Trump certainly earned an arched eyebrow for this pot-and-kettle moment. John Sununu actually beat Trump for the gold star in mean-spiritedness, but the Donald showed for almost two years that he is well acquainted with this ugly art.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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