Donald Trump tells Bill O'Reilly that Real Americans™ will have nothing to fear from proposed revision of 14th Amendment

Trumps says the 14th Amendment "won't hold up in court," and that he will deport former American "citizens"


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 19, 2015 3:38PM (UTC)

The "Real Americans™" argument is typically bandied by sarcastic liberals tired of hearing conservatives define the essence of American citizenship as the values of Republican partisans -- "Real Americans™ open carry in Walmart after Sunday services" and the like -- but if he has his way, the phrase will actually apply to those whose citizenship isn't stripped by President Donald Trump when he revises away the protections guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

"We've got to bring our country back," Trump told Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night. "There a crime wave, a literal crime wave, Bill. You know, we've spent the last year $113 billion on illegal immigrants."

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"We have to do something about it, and it begins with building a wall -- a big, beautiful, powerful wall," he continued. "It can have a gate, it can have a door, but we have to stop what's happening to our country."

Seemingly tired of Trump's canned shtick, O'Reilly replied that he wanted to "advance the dialogue here," saying that while he supports the wall, he's not on board with Trump's plan for mass deportations.

"That's not going to happen," he said. "The 14th Amendment says that if born here, you're an American and you can't kick Americans out. And if you want to deport people who are already here, each and every one [of those undocumented immigrants] is entitled to due process, and it'd take decades to do that, billions of dollars, and the courts would block you at every turn."

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Trump insisted that O'Reilly was "wrong about the 14th Amendment," adding that "there are many lawyers saying that that's not the way it is" in terms of the "anchor baby" problem. "They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested, but they say it will not hold up in court."

"The courts are never going to allow mass deportation without due process for each and every" undocumented immigrant, O'Reilly retorted. "Do you envision federal authorities kicking in doors in barrios around the country, dragging families out and putting them on buses?"

Trump repeated his earlier claim that, despite the guarantees offered by the 14th Amendment, "many of these people do not really have American citizenship, and we've got to take back our country."

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Watch the entire interview below via Fox News


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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