Billionaire Donald Trump told the Republican Party’s base gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference that they stand to gain little if the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are eventually allowed to become citizens and vote.
“You will not get any of those votes no matter what you do, no matter how nice you are, no matter how soft you are, no matter how many times you say ‘rip down the fence and let everybody in,'” Trump told the gathering just outside of Washington. “With immigration, you better be smart, you better be tough, and they’re taking your jobs and you better be careful.”
The Donald also said the nation is in “serious, serious trouble,” the same line he often used when speaking about his endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign.
“We’re getting into Jimmy Carter territory and I never thought I’d see anything like that again,” he said of President Barack Obama’s poll ratings. “I want to see something happen that brings the country back.”
Other Trump predictions: The GOP will win control of the Senate this fall and Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.