The republican party will continue to lose presidential elections if it comes across as mean spirited and unwelcoming to people of color. The GOP has to develop a comprehensive policy to take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderfully productive citizens of this country.
Donald John Trump, during a November, 2012 interview with Newsmax.
Less than three years later, it appears Mr. Trump has come up with that comprehensive policy. If elected president of these United States, he promises to build a wall from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and have the Mexican government foot the bill for it. Yes siree, he is going to put a stop to the flood of what he now describes as criminals, drug runners, rapists, and even "...some good people," from coming across the southern border.
That's certainly a unique way of not coming across as mean spirited.
Shortly after Mr. Trump delivered what might be described as the most xenophobic speech ever given by major political candidate anywhere outside of, say, pre World War II Germany, several things happened. Entertainers, contestants, and television networks began dumping out of the Miss Universe Pageant which he is part owner of. Macy's department stores dropped his line of men's clothing. Farouk Systems, which owns hair care products also unloaded him and NASCAR, while not officially severing all ties, has made sure everyone knows their annual awards ceremony won't be held at a Trump owned property this year.
Meanwhile, within a week, Uncle Don jumped to second in the latest New Hampshire presidential poll. The population there is 94.2% white and 3.2% Hispanic.
To say Donald Trump is causing a problem for the republican party right now is probably understating things a tad. Chris Christie was quoted as saying, "His comments were inappropriate and have no place in the race." Rick Perry stated, "I've said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the republican party. I was offended by his remarks."
If Rick Perry was offended, you can just imagine how all those Hispanic voters--you know--the ones who handed Barack H. Obama his second term, felt.
That's not to say all the republican candidates are distancing themselves from him. On "Meet The Press," the senator from Alberta, Canada, Ted Cruz told, Chuck Todd, "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration. The Washington cartel doesn't want to address that. He has a colorful way of speaking--it's not the way I speak, but I'm not going to engage in the media's game of throwing rocks and attacking other republicans."
Brother Trump is unencumbered by such chivalry. At a current GOP gathering he told the crowd, "The last thing we need is another Bush." He went on to say, "He is all for common core and wants the kids to be educated directly by the bureaucrats in Washington and he's weak on immigration." He added that Jeb Bush, "...couldn't negotiate his way out of a paper bag."
Just to make sure everyone knows what he thinks of his fellow republican, on Saturday he copied a tweet from some clown on that site. It basically said to Bush, you like illegal Mexicans because of your wife.
Bush's wife, Columbia was born in Mexico and earlier the candidate had said of Trump, "To make these extraordinarily ugly comments is not reflective of the republican party."
The Trump tweet lasted for about 24 hours before it was deleted by someone with access to his account who seemingly has a brain and a shred or two of conscience.
Ultimately there are a couple of things going on here that reach straight into the depths of the Twilight Zone. The Cruz bromance seems to go both ways. Trump has been previously quoted as saying Ted Cruz is, "very brave," for his tough stance on immigration. He also refuses to discuss Cruz's well publicized place of birth. This, after years of running around the countryside claiming Barack Obama was ineligible to be president because he might have been born some where other than here.
One can only think that Cruz, who is the far more accomplished politician, is using Trump as a sort of weird deflector shield. After all, he is saying what Cruz actually believes, but he is so incredibly crude and racist when he does, it makes Brother Ted seem absolutely dignified and restrained. Indeed, without fully understanding it, the Donald could well be playing evil Mr. Hyde, to Cruz's good Dr. Jekyll.
Finally, given the wild disparity between the remarks Trump made in 2012 and the vile rant during his recent campaign announcement, not to mention his subsequent defense of it, some could reasonably believe Donald John Trump is utterly insane. To paraphrase a movie line: I like to think he is. It's the romantic in me.
Whatever the case, Mr. Trump seems to be on the cusp of making the first republican presidential debate which will be in Cleveland on August 6th. That will be something to see. One can only imagine the sight of him on stage in full, blathering, glory. And-- as he speaks to America--watching at least eight of the other participants squirm like boated eels as they try their best to get as far away from this raving manic-depressive, bipolar, fuck as they can.
Hey, who says reality TV isn't fun?
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