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GOP Field Divided On Donald Trump’s Comments About Mexican Immigrants

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GOP Field Divided On Donald Trump’s Comments About Mexican Immigrants

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By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — More than two weeks after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, he continues to dominate the Republican presidential campaign debate and to divide his rivals for the nomination.

Initially, most Republican candidates tried to ignore him. But as major corporations cut ties with Trump over his declaration that some Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug-runners, and as the issue continues to fill the airwaves of Spanish-language media, more candidates have spoken out, separating into two camps.

Those who hope to appeal to Latino voters, including the two Floridians in the race, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, have criticized Trump.

On the other side, several candidates who hope to consolidate support among conservative voters suspicious of immigration, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have defended Trump or avoided comment. A significant chunk of GOP voters have said in recent polls that they support Trump, who said as he kicked off his presidential campaign last month:

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … 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,” he said, adding, “And some, I assume, are good people.”

Bush, who initially commented about Trump only in an interview in Spanish, stepped up his criticism over the weekend, calling Trump’s remarks “extraordinarily ugly” and “wrong.”

“He’s doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw attention to his campaign,” Bush said. “It doesn’t represent the Republican Party or its values.

“Politically, we’re going to win when we’re hopeful and optimistic and big and broad rather than just ‘grrrrrrr,’ just angry all the time,” Bush said. “There is no tolerance for it.”

Rubio, in a statement, said Trump’s comments were “not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.”

And Perry said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he was offended by Trump’s comments.

“I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party,” Perry said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also separated himself from Trump, though more gently than some of the others.
“I would never besmirch all the people who come here,” Huckabee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Sometimes, we get wrapped up in how many people are coming. The real question is, why are they coming?” he said. “If they’re coming because they want to be part of the American dream, if they want to come and share our flag, our interests, our language, assimilate into our culture because they believe in what we stand for, you know, then that’s the same reason our ancestors came.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Trump’s remarks inappropriate, although he added that he likes Trump personally.

By contrast, Cruz, in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday, said, “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration.”

Trump has a “colorful way of speaking,” which is “not the way I speak,” Cruz said.

But “the Washington cartel supports amnesty,” and the media wants Republicans to attack each other, and “I’m not going to do it,” he said.

Trump has expressed surprise about the intensity of the criticism he has faced. “It’s bad for my brand,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News in which he lashed back at several of his GOP critics.

“The crime is raging. It’s violent, and people don’t want to even talk about it. If you talk about it, you are a racist. I don’t understand it,” he said.

Trump said Bush was “out of touch with the American people.”

Photo: Ted Cruz backed Donald Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants, though he said he wouldn’t have spoken as colorfully as the business mogul. DonkeyHotey/Flickr



  1. Joe T July 7, 2015

    The USA could use an intrepid POTUS instilled with PRIDE and DETERMINATION to restore and enhance the United States of America’s prestige and economy with honor and distinction; sans bias to the past, present and future of the USA. Veritas.

    1. dpaano October 9, 2015

      We already have one..our current POTUS!

      1. Joe T October 10, 2015

        Ghostwriter communique’
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        By Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist – Opinion Writer)
        Watch False Messiah Video

        Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

        Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

        He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor;” a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future
        historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected
        president? There is no evidence that he ever attended or worked for any
        university or that he ever sat for the Illinois bar.

        We have no documentation for any of his claims.

        He may well be the greatest hoax in history. Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were ‘a bit’ extreme, he was given a pass. Let that Sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard because of the color of h is skin.

        Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course.

        But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back.

        Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not
        qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and
        high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority
        students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative, action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely,
        because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and
        if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

        And that is what America did to Obama.

        True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

        What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of
        clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the
        prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches) And what about his character?

        Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track). But really, what were we to expect?

        The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly? In short: our resident is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.

      2. Joe T October 10, 2015

        dpaano…..aka Mrs. Rip Van Winkle………WAKE UP>

  2. bobnstuff July 7, 2015

    Why are we being told how bad our country is doing by the republicans? They complain about crime but do nothing about it, by the way the crime rate is going down not up. They complain about illegals but have passed no bills to deal with them, even when the President asked for help to speed removal. They complain about the economy even though it’s the biggest in the world and corporate profits have never been higher. Are they ever going to come up with a plan to do anything? What are the Republicans waiting for? They have the congress. At the rate they are passing bills they may just set a record for the least productive congress in history. It would seem that Republicans in congress are good at only one thing, naming post offices.

    1. highpckts July 7, 2015

      No, they are experts at running for office and their mouths!

    2. ikallicrates July 7, 2015

      It wasn’t too long ago that they were called ‘The party of NO’.

      1. Independent1 July 7, 2015

        AKA, the party of do nothing; or the party of act like six-year-olds.

  3. highpckts July 7, 2015

    Jeb! says Trump’s remarks don’t represent the Republican party! I call BS!! It’s exactly how they think!!

    1. ikallicrates July 7, 2015

      Trump is an embarrassment to the GOP because he says out loud what they all think.

  4. Eleanore Whitaker July 7, 2015

    Inasmuch as Cruz and Rubio are both of Hispanic origins, Big Mouth Trump has stuck his size 10 ALL of it in his mouth. This is going to be interesting watching how he debates with not one but 3 minority races…Jindal is the third.

  5. TZToronto July 7, 2015

    It must be tough to be a Republican candidate. Everything has be passed through a machine that weighs the pros and cons of making any statement. Is it better to agree with the base (the old white guys) and alienate more of the voters you probably won’t get anyway, or is it better to pay lip service to decency and hope that the base isn’t listening?
    Oh, and crime isn’t raging . . . well maybe on Wall Street.

  6. Grannysmovin July 7, 2015

    Would someone in the “media” ask these clowns if they are so concerned about immigration, than why did the 2013 bi-partisan Immigration bill passed by the Senate never get a vote in the House. Here is what Boehner said in a 7/8/13 Press Conference:

    “I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.” He added, “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the
    House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/john-boehner-house-immigration-vote-93845.html#ixzz3fDqyeXKO

    2 years later to the day and Boehner’s House has done nothing on immigration,

    1. dpaano October 9, 2015

      They’ve done nothing on ANYTHING!

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