The Most Misunderstood Phrase of the Trump Campaign (Video)

Donald Trump appears to be walking back his controversial immigration stance, which has defined his campaign for the past year. During a Fox News Town Hall with Sean Hannity Wednesday night, the GOP nominee hinted that he was open to changing his previous proposal of a universal deportation force for 11 milion undocumented Americans. 

"You also seem to be indicating there might be something other than 'they have to go back,'" Hannity told Donald Trump, referencing reports that Trump may be softening his plan. 

"We have to follow the laws of our country," Trump told Hannity.

"That means they go back," Hannity said.

"I'll ask the audience," Trump said. "Can we go through a process, or do you think they have to get out?"

The Fox News crowd had mixed reviews. 

"Tell me," Trump continued. "I mean, I don't know. You tell me." 

It's a phrase Trump tosses out a lot: Discussions on everything from Obama's birthplace, to why gays support Clinton, to why Ghazala Khan stayed silent at the DNC all end the same. Either Trump's stumped, or he thinks we are. 


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