(WASHINGTON TIMES) Donald Trump was supposed to deliver a major address on immigration Thursday, laying out a plan that would win over swing voters while reassuring his base that he is serious about enforcing the law.
Instead, he has postponed the speech, sent staggeringly conflicting messages about his plans and managed to anger Hispanic activists, who say there is little he can do to appease them at this point, and die-hard supporters, who say any backsliding on his strict deportation message will expose him as a pandering politician.
The wounds are self-inflicted. Mr. Trump has talked tough yet promised the possibility of leniency for illegal immigrants — often in the span of a couple of hours.
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