Jimmy Kimmel had Donald Trump as a guest on his show on Wednesday and took the opportunity to grill the GOP presidential hopeful on some of his more controversial policies.
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During the interview, Trump maintained that he had the support of the Islamic and immigrant communities in the United States, but Jimmy adamantly disagreed with him, Us Weekly reports.
“Did anyone try to talk you out of saying we should temporarily ban Muslims?” the late night talk show host asked Trump.
“I have a lot of friends who are Muslims,” Trump responded. “And some of them, not all of them, many of them called me and said, ‘You know Donald you’re right, we have a problem.'”
But Jimmy had a hilarious comeback for that incredulous claim.
“Those may have been crank calls,” Jimmy said. “Did you check their caller ID?”
On a more serious note, Kimmel challenged Donald Trump on his anti-Muslim stance, suggesting that it could, in fact, amplify ISIS recruitment.
“I don’t buy it,” Trump said.
Then they moved to talking about another controversial issue: immigration.
“Guillermo came here illegally,” Kimmel started. “Thank God he went through the process, I mean first of all he’s adorable. But don’t we want people who want to be here so badly that they will risk everything to be in America?”
“Well it is true, and I have thousands of Hispanics who have worked for me over the years,” Trump said. “They’re unbelievable people. What I’m saying is they have to come in through a legal process. We talk about the wall, we’re going to have a big beautiful door [in the wall], we want people to come in legally.”
This is a much tamer tone than Trump took when he first announced that he was running for president. During that speech, he made some very harsh remarks about Mexican immigrants that offended many in the Latin American community.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems,” Trump said at the time. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
Trump’s ideas and plans to control the Mexican/U.S. border have since been debunked by solid data. Immigrants do not have a monopoly on crime. In fact, according to a report by the American Immigration Council, immigration is often linked to lower crime rates because immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born people. In addition, immigrant youth enrolled in U.S. middle and high schools in the mid-1990s have some of the lowest delinquency rates of all American young people.
Trump’s plans for the border wall aren’t that feasible either. He is constantly talking about his plan to build an impenetrable wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But there’s a partial wall on the border already. It’s about 650 miles long and one-third of the border. But, according to this article by the Foreign Policy, most of the money spent on border policing, including the construction of the wall, has been pretty much a waste of valuable resources.
“Abundant evidence also shows that money spent on border enforcement is worse than useless — it’s counterproductive,” Princeton sociologist Douglas Massey writes.
Jimmy Kimmel didn’t get Trump to admit that his fantasy border wall would be a waste of time, but he did get the GOP candidate to say that he has become a divisive force in the Republican party.
“Ultimately, I would like to come together and get this thing done,” Trump said.
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