A justified but quiet uproar is taking place around the country in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calling Mexicans criminals and rapists:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. [Applause] Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
My son Ari was baffled at the Republican’s enthusiasm for this crazy man, whose poll numbers are surging. “There are a lot of haters out there,” I explained. But WaPo points out the good news about all this hate: Latinos are the swing vote in the US and Trump and Christie are doing their level best to completely piss them off. Now would be a good time to register to vote so you can make sure one of these bozos doesn’t actually make it to the White House.
Ted Cruz, who hails from the Cuban elites that exploited dark-skinned people for generations until Castro took over, naturally agrees with Trump. Only the clueless GOP thinks of Cruz as an ambassador for the Latin American people.
A Mexican worker who’s out with his crew building a home for wealthy folk in 107ºF weather gave an Occupy interviewer an earful about Trump. BTW the translation of what this guy says is not exactly accurate – it’s been toned down a lot for public consumption.
Not only politics is being affected by Trump’s position. A number of Latino and even national brands quickly moved to distance themselves from the man and his businesse. Another WaPo reporter comments:
What’s more, Latino consumers – the vast majority of of those watching Univision – were expected to control about $1.5 trillion in consumer buying power this year. That figure represents what Nielsen’s consumer research division last year described as a “staggering 50 percent increase” from the group’s buying power as recently as 2010.
Trump owns part of the Miss Universe competition. The reigning Ms. Universe contributed this remark:
“I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful,” Paulina Vega wrote in an Instagram post. “As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.
Trump’s buffoonery would be funny if he weren’t so obscenely rich the lives of too many people reside right in the palm of his hand. Oh wait. It is still is funny! Check out what Jon Stewart says.
Meanwhile, presidential hopeful Chris Christie is busy making black people understand that his family fled Newark not because of persecution, hunger or homelessness, but just to get away from them. As Bob Braun puts it:
The Christie family did not escape from English monarchs who insisted on a state religion. Not from revolutions in southern Europe. Not from the potato famine. Not from the czar. Not from pogroms or the Holocaust. Not from grinding poverty. The Christie family escaped from black families moving into the neighborhood–new neighbors whose ancestors were brought to this country as slaves in chains. The Christies did not face the unknown wilderness or the known hostility of earlier settlers. They faced the grass, the open space, the all-white neighborhoods, of Livingston, New Jersey.