The President is a treasure trove of insults aimed at Latinos. Here are his greatest hits.
This wasn’t easy. It’s a difficult thing to choose the Trump Latino slurs greatest hits, there are so many to choose from. But I was up for the challenge.
First, I imposed a limit – I only included slurs he’s made as President and as a presidential candidate. Second, they had to be directed at Latinos specifically, not part of an all-inclusive rant or times where he disrespects Latinos as part of a litany of racially-based slander. Also, I had wanted to limit the list to five but couldn’t, the man is a race-baiting trove:
1. The one that opened his presidential candidacy.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. 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. And some, I assume, are good people.
– Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Trump Towers, New York, when Trump announced his candidacy for president.
2. The Taco Bowl.
– This one speaks for itself.
3. “Go back to Univision.”
– Aug 25, 2015, Dubuque, Iowa, Trump responded to Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos who confronted the Republican front-runner with questions regarding his stance on immigration. Ramos was removed from the event.
4. Jeb’s Mexican wife.
– This was the time Trump reTweeted a slur directed at his GOP primary opponent Jeb Bush, who is married to a Mexican-American.
5. Trump’s passionate violence against Latinos.
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
-August 19, 2015. Thump’s response after two Boston men were arrested for beating a Latino man. One of them told police that he was inspired by Trump’s anti-immigrant message.
6. This is a three-fer, the judge Curiel thing:
“I think it has to do with, perhaps, the fact that I’m very, very strong on the border — very, very strong on the border. He has been extremely hostile to me. Now, he is Hispanic, I believe.”
“He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.”
“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel and he is not doing the right thing.”
– Over a period of six months in 2015, Trump accused federal judge Gustavo Curiel of bias against him. He later reiterated his accusation saying that Curielwas biased because of the proposed wall between the US and Mexico. And he later reiterated the claim, naming Ciriel as a “Trump hater.”
7. Trump pardons Arpaio.
– In August of this year, Trump pardoned convicted Latino profiler, Joe Arpaio. This was Trump’s statement:
“Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (a) worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
8. Trump ends DACA.
– September 5, 2017, after weeks of teases and speculation President Trump sent Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to announce the elimination of the protections that President Obama had granted to undocumented immigrants whose parents had brought them to the US. The premise was that the child-immigrants had no say in their migration, had been raised in this country, considered the US their home and would produce long-term benefits for the country and the country’s economy.
None of that mattered to Trump who made good on a campaign promise he had made to his base, albeit with a caveat – the elimination of the DACA protections will go into effect in March of 2018, giving Congress time to legislate an immigration policy fix. DREAMers understood the dis.
There are more, we know, so feel free to add them in the comments.