Donald Trump reported for jury duty on Monday, which we assume he was a natural at since he’s spent most of his campaign finding people guilty of being “losers,” “stiffs,” “irrelevant” and “criminals.”
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As our sibling pub First Read predicted this morning, it didn’t take long today for 2016 candidates to be asked to respond to Donald Trump’s immigration plans. And it’s already getting interesting.
Asked if he thinks birthright citizenship should be ended, Scott Walker told our colleague Kasie Hunt "Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country.” (A spokeswoman later said Walker’s position on the matter is: “We have to enforce the laws, keep people from coming here, enforce E-Verify to stop the jobs magnet, and by addressing the root problems we will end the birthright citizenship problem.”)
And Carly Fiorina told NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell of the birthright issue that “we should put all of our energies, all of our political will over finally getting the border secured and fixing the legal immigration system.” Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham have all tried to put some distance between themselves and Trump on the issue today, too.
From the day of his announcement, Trump has been nudging the party to the right on immigration, at least when it came to rhetoric. Now, with specific policies on the table, that nudging is going to go from a matter of tone and tough talk to a real comparison in white papers and policy speeches.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Scott Walker clashed with protesters during his Soapbox speech at the Iowa State Fair, NBC’s Shaquille Brewster reports.
- Asked by msnbc’s Kasie Hunt if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: “Yeah, to me it’s about enforcing the laws in this country.”
- NBC’s Mark Murray writes that Donald Trump’s deportation plan would cost $100-200 billion dollars.
- Perry Bacon has an explainer on what the plan would actually do and how it would affect undocumented immigrants.
- NBC’s First Read offered a reality check on some of this August’s media-monopolizing narratives about 2016.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
TRUMP: Bloomberg profiles Melania Trump, who would be the first foreign-born first lady since John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa.
And he showed up to jury duty in Manhattan today in true Trump fashion.
BIDEN: There is little enthusiasm for a Joe Biden run inside the White House, CNN reports.
KASICH: The Ohio governor scored another big endorsement on Monday.
FOR THE RECORD…
“When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem.”
- Bernie Sanders to the New York Times Magazine
Marco Rubio and John Kasich hop on the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair tomorrow. Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, and Bobby Jindal are also in Iowa.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in Nevada to speak to the state’s AFL-CIO convention.
Scott Walker lays out his alternative to Obamacare in a speech in Minnesota.