For certain areas a wall is more appropriate

The deportations.

In a “60 Minutes” interview scheduled to air Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump said he planned to immediately deport two to three million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration next January.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, according to a preview of the interview released by CBS. “But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”

Stahl had pressed Trump about his campaign pledge to deport “millions and millions of undocumented immigrants.” Trump told her that after securing the border, his administration would make a “determination” on the remaining undocumented immigrants in the country.

“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about — who are terrific people. They’re terrific people, but we are gonna make a determination at that,” Trump said. “But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

“Normalized.” As if anything about Trump were “normal.” Widespread, yes, but normal, no.

He’s scaring the other Republicans though.

Republican leaders who made the Sunday political-show circuit seemed to approach the issue of mass deportations more cautiously.

“I think it’s difficult to do,” Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday earlier Sunday morning. “First thing you have to do is secure the border and then we’ll have discussions.”

McCarthy also hedged on the border wall, saying Republicans were focused on “securing the southern border” but with the aid of technology rather than necessarily a full-length brick-and-mortar wall.

Regarding his border wall plans, Trump told Stahl on 60 Minutes that he would accept fencing along some of the border, as Republicans in Congress have proposed.

“For certain areas, I would. But for certain areas a wall is more appropriate,” Trump said. “I’m very good at this. It’s called construction.”

Ah yes. He has experience at speculative building, therefore he is correct about where a wall is more appropriate. He knows about what kind of wall keeps out wind and dust and flies, and what kind keeps out foreigners.

He also said polite things about Clinton, which are not credible given all the things he said about her during the campaign. You can’t just cancel vicious name-calling by saying something polite later.

Trump’s tone in the interview was in sharp contrast to his bitter attacks on the campaign trail, in which he nicknamed Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and encouraged chants of “Lock her up!” at his rallies. Among other insults, Trump also referred to his competitor as “the devil,” “a bigot” and — at the tail end of the final presidential debate — “such a nasty woman.”

Then they talked about policy.

When Stahl questioned whether there would be a gap between the repeal of Obamacare and the implementation of a new plan that could leave millions of people uninsured, Trump interrupted her.

“Nope. We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. It’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff,” Trump said. “We’re going to repeal and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you’ll know. And it will be great health care for much less money.”

No, he does not know how to do “this stuff.” Of course he doesn’t. He doesn’t know much of anything except how to extract money and/or labor and services from people. That is of course a big thing to know, and it’s made him rich and famous and president, but it’s still not at all the same as knowing how to make a new healthcare plan that will be “for much less money” while still actually being a healthcare plan. The only way to do it for much less money, of course, is to exclude millions of people from coverage.

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