Juan Williams: Trump New Leader of the Tea Party

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Writing at The Hill, Juan Williams calls Donald Trump the leader of the GOP:

Tea Party Republicans in Congress are using the businessman’s radical plan for mass deportation of illegal immigrants to regain their position at the forefront of GOP political debate.

Until Trump’s bid for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination caught fire, the Tea Party faithful in Congress were fizzling. Led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the best they could do recently was to propose ousting Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and accuse Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of telling “flat out” lies over the Ex-Im Bank.

But last week, the Tea Party gained new political life when Trump, the anti-establishment phenomenon in GOP summer politics, introduced a plan to limit legal immigration and conduct mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

Republican congressional fingerprints were all over the Trump proclamation.

Trump’s plan was written in consultation with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee and a leading voice among Congressional Tea Party hardliners on immigration.

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