The media seemed to be perplexed yesterday when they tried to cover Donald Trump flip-floppy day. It's one thing when you are used to saying "both sides" all the time, but "both sides" about the same candidate on the same day? That's complicated, and most of the media flubbed it.
But that had no effect on many Hispanic analysts, including CNN's Ana Navarro.
Trump supporter and NYC Councilman Joseph Borelli loved Trump's hard core immigration speech, saying if you think immigration is a big issue, Trump is your man.
However, Ana Navarro rebuked it: the nighttime speech was more red meat to stoke the ire of his base, written with a sixth-grade mentality, and spelled out no specifics.
Ana thought the optics of Trump in Mexico earlier in the day was a success and said, "I think he won the afternoon. At night, it was a disaster."
She continued, "We saw Doctor Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. It was the same Trump we have seen for the last 16 months that showed up."
The co-host asked, "What do you mean, Doctor Jekyll And Mr. Hyde?"
Ana continued, " We saw a quiet, a listening Donald Trump in the afternoon. we saw him feeding the fire, feeding the ire again at night."
"We also saw, as you say, the lack of specifics. If you were in law school, if you were in second year of law school and they ask you for an immigration class to put together a legislative proposal and you showed up with that, you would get an "F."
"What he did was a sixth-grade level proposal. What he did was put numbers in front of his campaign slogans."
"Build a wall, number one. Sanctuary cities, number two. He didn't discuss dreamers, spouses of U.S. citizens that may be undocumented... Immigration is a very intricate topic..."
Of course, that's why the cable news-for-profit model cannot cover immigration issues. The answer to our immigration problems does not fit on a bumper sticker or in an 8-minute segment between pill commercials. It's going to take grownups to fix our immigration system, and grownup proposals always, always, raise the anger level of the childish, bigoted segment of our population whose peasant ancestors arrived via steerage because the potatoes had gone bad back home. How soon they forget.