Government, POLITICS

Donald Trump Sounds His Own Trumpet — Fellow Republicans Flee For Cover!

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore - Donald Trump.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore – Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, American business magnate, investor, television personality, author, and now 2016 Republican presidential contender, has not only created a shock wave in the media at the launch of his campaign, but also an uproar within the Hispanic community and the wider society.

The hullabaloo started with Trump’s utterance of the following:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

However, such remarks have not gone well with various stakeholders and consequently they have decided to sever business relationships with Trump.

These include Macy’s, Univision, Televisa, Ora TV, NBCUniversal as well as singer Ricky Martin who has decided to pull his charity golf tournament from Trump’s golf club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

In addition, Hispanics leaders are unhappy with the meek or lack of response from Republicans 2016 presidential contenders.

“The time has come for the candidates to distance themselves from Trump and call his comments what they are: ludicrous, baseless and insulting,” said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership. “Sadly, it hurts the party with Hispanic voters. It’s a level of idiocy I haven’t seen in a long time.”

The reactions of Republican Whitehouse hopefuls include the following:

“I like Donald Trump,” said Cruz, a Texas senator who is Hispanic. “I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth. And I think that NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said simply that Trump is “wrong.”

“Maybe we’ll have a chance to have an honest discussion about it on stage,” Bush said last weekend while campaigning in Nevada.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who often talks about his re-election margins with Latino voters, views Trump’s comments as “wholly inappropriate” during a news conference. In a subsequent radio interview, Christie described Trump as “a really wonderful guy (who’s) always been a good friend.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, silent on the issue for more than two weeks, said “Trump’s comments are not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,”  “Our next president needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide,” he further said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, “I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican Party.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, among others have been silent on the issue.

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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