Last month, Donald Trump announced that he’s running for President of the United States in 2016. Then last week, he made derogatory remarks about immigrants from Mexico. On Wednesday, in an interview with NBC News, Trump seemed confident that he would win the Hispanic vote in the election next year. Even after those hateful remarks, he still thinks he has a chance at winning over the people he offended.
“I have a great relationship with the Mexican people,” Trump stated, referring to human beings like they were the subjects of a PBS special instead of relatable individuals. “I have many legal immigrants working for me. They love me, I love them.” If he loved the Hispanic community so much, it’s safe to say he wouldn’t have talked so poorly about a sizeable fraction of the community.
Trump continued, “If I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote. I will win it because I’ll create jobs.” He mentioned that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush could create jobs. Trump was mostly focused on jobs for people in the Latino community.
To us, Trump’s stance seems quite ironic. Just days ago, he was in boiling water for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals.” Almost immediately after, his business took some major hits. NBC dropped him. The PGA of America decided not to hold the Grand Slam of Golf on the course that Trump owns. He’s lost tons because of the terrible things he said. If he thinks the Latino community is going to forgive him and vote for him, there’s a decent chance he’s wrong. Trump is a Republican candidate for the presidency.
But not every Republican agrees with Trump’s sentiments. For example, former Governor Rick Perry of Texas came out with a video saying that Trump’s values and the Grand Old Party’s values just don’t match up. Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina admitted on Wednesday that he thinks Trump’s “antics” will hurt the Republican party in 2016.
“The first rule in politics when you’re in a hole is to stop digging,” Graham commented. “Somebody needs to take the shovel out of Donald Trump’s hand.” We think Graham is onto something with this analogy.