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Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

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Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'
By STEVE PEOPLES

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive," after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is "terrific," ''brash" and "speaks the truth."

It's an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

And it could be a costly moment if more candidates don't go beyond their Donald-will-be-Donald response and condemn him directly, said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership.

"The time has come for the candidates to distance themselves from Trump and call his comments what they are: ludicrous, baseless and insulting," Aguilar said. "Sadly, it hurts the party with Hispanic voters. It's a level of idiocy I haven't seen in a long time."

So far, Trump has paid less of a political price than a commercial one.

The leading Hispanic television network, Univision, has backed out of televising the Miss USA pageant, a joint venture between Trump and NBC, which also cut ties with Trump. On Wednesday, the Macy's department store chain, which carried a Donald Trump menswear line, said it was ending its relationship with him. Other retailers are facing pressure to follow suit.

On Friday, the NASCAR motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. The CEO of a top NASCAR sponsor, Camping World's Marcus Lemonis, had said he would not participate in the awards ceremony if it were held at a property owned by Trump, whom he criticized for "recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments ... in regards to immigrants."

In his speech last month marking his entry into the Republican race, Trump said Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

The businessman has refused to back down, although he insists his remarks were misconstrued.

"My statements have been contorted to seem racist and discriminatory," he wrote in a message to supporters on Thursday. "What I want is for legal immigrants to not be unfairly punished because others are coming into America illegally, flooding the labor market and not paying taxes." His original comments, though, did not make a distinction between Mexicans who came to U.S. legally and those here illegally.

His rhetoric may resonate with some of the Republican Party's most passionate voters, who have long viewed illegal immigration as one of the nation's most pressing problems. But the 2016 contest brings opportunity for the party to make inroads with Hispanics, with several Latino candidates and a former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who has deep Latino ties and speaks Spanish and hasn't been shy about using it in the campaign.

Even so, Bush has said little more about Trump's comments than that they were "wrong."

"Maybe we'll have a chance to have an honest discussion about it onstage," Bush said last weekend while campaigning in Nevada, referring to Republican presidential debates.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is paying keen attention to how the candidates respond to Trump's "xenophobic rhetoric."

"We're listening very, very closely, not just what candidates say but what they don't say — the sins of commission and the sins of omission," he said.

Among 2016 contenders:

—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Trump's comments "wholly inappropriate." But in a subsequent radio interview, he said Trump is "a really wonderful guy (who's) always been a good friend."

—Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said: "I don't think Donald Trump's remarks reflect the Republican Party."

—Cruz said he likes Trump and thinks NBC "is engaging in political correctness" in breaking ties with him.

—Rubio said the next president "needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide."

—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have been silent.

Not since the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush has a Republican presidential candidate earned as much as 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Mitt Romney got a dismal 27 percent in the 2012 contest against President Barack Obama.

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Associated Press writers Ken Thomas in Washington, Hillel Italie in New York and Jill Colvin in Ashland, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

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Finally there's a man that speaks up his mined and the truth, tell it the way it's really is,

Trump don't give a hoot for being PC madness (politically correct ) and a fake liberal just to

win votes, and yes, the Mexican in the US are a huge problem, on every imaginary level,

on the other hand, commerce will grind to a hold had not been for the Mexican's cheap labor....

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Finally there's a man that speaks up his mined and the truth, tell it the way it's really is,

Trump don't give a hoot for being PC madness (politically correct ) and a fake liberal just to

win votes, and yes, the Mexican in the US are a huge problem, on every imaginary level,

on the other hand, commerce will grind to a hold had not been for the Mexican's cheap labor....

Perhaps he's deliberately trying to saborage the other GOP candidates? After all he's an old friend of Hillary's and used to be a Democrat. He's doing a good job and hopefully he'll stay in the race for a while and make it intetesting and fun.

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Keep running Trump. The mud you splatter is staining your buddies' shirts. ...and late-night talk show hosts love it.

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Finally there's a man that speaks up his mined and the truth, tell it the way it's really is,

Trump don't give a hoot for being PC madness (politically correct ) and a fake liberal just to

win votes, and yes, the Mexican in the US are a huge problem, on every imaginary level,

on the other hand, commerce will grind to a hold had not been for the Mexican's cheap labor....

Such ridiculous statements. Mexicans are a huge problem on every level? The extent to which Mexicans contribute to American society, and to its economy is vast. They contribute far more money than they take. Even a congressional budget study proved that. If you believe the hyperbole, you have been watching too much Fox news. Nearly all the illegal immigrants contribute cash they will never get back. Wake up please. America is a country of immigrants. There are millions of jobs Americans have no interest in doing. It reminds me of Thailand in a way. The Mexicans in the US are a bit like the Burmese here. They do work the locals do not want to do, and they do it better, with more sweat, less complaints, and more reliability than the locals. America would grind to a halt without immigrants. I have a real ax to grind against current immigration policy. When you make it ridiculously difficult for people from the third world to get work visas, you will have a lot of illegal immigration. The US is causing some of this problem.

And what despicable Donald said about the Mexicans is downright silly. He is a charicature of a man. How do you take a goon like that seriously? OK, he stold a lot of money, from unsuspecting partners over the years. A real accomplishment. It is much easier to become a billionaire if you have no concerns about the lines you cross in the process. He does not.

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The Donald suffers from foot in mouth disease. I say keep it up, oh great Donald, and cause more wreckage within your party.

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Finally there's a man that speaks up his mined and the truth, tell it the way it's really is,

Trump don't give a hoot for being PC madness (politically correct ) and a fake liberal just to

win votes, and yes, the Mexican in the US are a huge problem, on every imaginary level,

on the other hand, commerce will grind to a hold had not been for the Mexican's cheap labor....

Such ridiculous statements. Mexicans are a huge problem on every level? The extent to which Mexicans contribute to American society, and to its economy is vast. They contribute far more money than they take. Even a congressional budget study proved that. If you believe the hyperbole, you have been watching too much Fox news. Nearly all the illegal immigrants contribute cash they will never get back. Wake up please. America is a country of immigrants. There are millions of jobs Americans have no interest in doing. It reminds me of Thailand in a way. The Mexicans in the US are a bit like the Burmese here. They do work the locals do not want to do, and they do it better, with more sweat, less complaints, and more reliability than the locals. America would grind to a halt without immigrants. I have a real ax to grind against current immigration policy. When you make it ridiculously difficult for people from the third world to get work visas, you will have a lot of illegal immigration. The US is causing some of this problem.

And what despicable Donald said about the Mexicans is downright silly. He is a charicature of a man. How do you take a goon like that seriously? OK, he stold a lot of money, from unsuspecting partners over the years. A real accomplishment. It is much easier to become a billionaire if you have no concerns about the lines you cross in the process. He does not.

You may have missed the part about illegal Mexican immigrants. If a person wants to come to America through legal immigration then good on them. It is "ridiculous" to support or encourage illegal immigration. The majority of people crossing America's borders illegally tend not to be the creme of the crop.

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Who did the last amnesty? Some guy called Ronald something or other...

Did the Sky fall in? Ah, sorry, they were supposed to be the golden years for America weren't they?

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The Gone Old Party has now begun the process of losing the election. If the R's did a replay of their disastrous 2012 campaign they would simply lose, but in this 2016 election campaign the Republican party has found new and astounding ways to outdo itself and by far.

GOP fears Trump hurting brand

Even before he entered the race, veteran GOP voices, such as Bonjean, were worried he could hurt the party.

“He's a carnival sideshow that just sucks the air out of the room and steals the spotlight just for the simple fact that he wants to have the headlines,” Bonjean said.

“He has an ego the size of a Mack truck,” Bonjean continued. “People love watching Donald Trump because of the outlandish statements he makes. They love watching a car accident.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/246720-gop-fears-trump-hurting-brand

The clown car yes.

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The Donald, and Ted Cruz, great entertainment value. Stay strong and in the race.

I need my weekly chuckle. laugh.pnglaugh.pnglaugh.png

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Nothing wrong with illegal Mexicans. They are taking jobs nobody wants. And they do pay taxes, every time they buy something or when they fill their tanks with gas. The income tax that they don't pay is insignificant considering the wages they receive. Those taxes are supposed to be deducted by the employers, anyway. We need to send home the illegal Canadians, who are taking the high paying Corporate jobs, and the Indians who have invaded the technology industry both of whom are shipping dollars out of the country in large amounts. The Latinos? By the time the are done paying for basics, there are few enough dollars left for exporting.

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Nothing wrong with illegal Mexicans. They are taking jobs nobody wants. And they do pay taxes, every time they buy something or when they fill their tanks with gas. The income tax that they don't pay is insignificant considering the wages they receive. Those taxes are supposed to be deducted by the employers, anyway. We need to send home the illegal Canadians, who are taking the high paying Corporate jobs, and the Indians who have invaded the technology industry both of whom are shipping dollars out of the country in large amounts. The Latinos? By the time the are done paying for basics, there are few enough dollars left for exporting.

hey, come off it.

The 'I buy things, pay sales tax and thus contribute' argument is only useable for farangs who move to Thailand sight unseen, show proof of an anemic pension/SS cheque, and then argue that without them the country would fall to bits.

Its not as if they are Mexican who are working and producing something that the locals need.

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In the USA there is freedom of speech. If the Hispanics do not like it and just come to Thailand and see what life is all about to coming into a country with out visa and just sneaking across the border. In Thailand you get no free medical or get put on social security. The poor people would change locations with you any time you would want! The man has a right to speak and maybe not give unwelcome aliens every thing and take away from the true citizens and tax payer and the people who have paid Social Security all there live to have it drained by a people who want every thing but give nothing!

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