Following reports that he may be softening his controversial immigration stance, Donald Trump reaffirmed Tuesday his plans to build a physical border wall between the United States and Mexico, “and much more”:
From day one I said that I was going to build a great wall on the SOUTHERN BORDER, and much more. Stop illegal immigration. Watch Wednesday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2016
Jason Miller, senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, shored up the tweet:
“What you’ve seen with Mr. Trump is he’s been remarkably consistent in his pledge to end illegal immigration,” Miller said. “We’re going to build the wall, we’re going to secure our borders, we’re going to enforce our immigration laws. We’re going to end sanctuary cities. We’re going to pass e-Verify and uphold the Constitution. That’s going to make a big difference in this country.”
“There will be a typical wall. There will be a physical wall on the Mexican border. As we know, Mexico’s gonna pay for it,” Miller added.
Trump’s tweet was undoubtedly in response to a Monday report that he “may be shifting to building more of a ‘virtual wall’ on the border.” While such a shift could potentially gain him more ground among moderates, it would likely hurt him among the very voters who carried him to the nomination.