Donald Trump has made bashing Mexico and immigrants the centerpiece of his campaign, something other Republican candidates for president aren’t too thrilled about. On the other hand, there are candidates like Ted Cruz who are supporting his horribly bigoted remarks, quite possibly doing so in hopes of gaining his endorsement when Donald Trump inevitably drops out of the race. Like Herman Cain in 2012, Trump is the novelty candidate who has no chance of winning, but stays in the race regardless – much to the delight of political comedy writers across the country.
The difference between the two is while Herman Cain was an amusing candidate who played the political (and non-rapey) version of Bill Cosby (remember “aww, shucky-ducky“?), Donald Trump has assumed the part of the angry white American who blames everyone else for their problems. Instead of talking about his ideas for how we could fix America’s issues like a serious candidate would, Trump has decided to become the new figurehead of the right-wing, racist and paranoid portion of the Republican Party, which just so happens to be the same people who tend to turn out in primary elections.
“The worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government,” Trump said in a statement he released on Monday, which criticised the media for deliberately distorting his earlier remarks.
“The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The border patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”
Trump, who has lost several business deals as a result of his comments about Mexico, said his previous remarks – “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists” – could not have been “simpler or more accurately stated”. (Source)
Once again, Donald Trump is blaming the people of other countries for the problems our country finds itself in. Aside from the blatant xenophobia in his statement, it is also important to note that Donald Trump is one of a few Republican candidates who have flirted with the anti-vaccination craze pushed by lunatics like Alex Jones, Joseph Mercola and Andrew Wakefield. However, unlike Rand Paul who has claimed that vaccines are the first step toward martial law, Donald Trump has embraced the utterly false idea that vaccines cause autism or mental disabilities, something Michele Bachmann also stated during the 2012 campaign when she said the HPV vaccine can cause “mental retardation.”
Not content to ignore science on medical issues, Trump is also a climate change denier, because why address a problem when you can pretend it doesn’t exist or blame it on someone else for political gain? The fact is that while there has been a spike in measles cases in the United States, Mexico has a higher vaccination rate against the disease than the United States does, despite the right-wing media’s false claims that immigrants are causing the rise in infections.
As usual, here is yet another problem of our own making that a right-wing politician is blaming on other people for cheap political points with the most ignorant, paranoid, and racist members of the Republican base. It has been a very successful strategy that the GOP has been employing along with the false promise of trickle-down economics for decades. It has been used to pin the blame on immigrants for the loss of jobs instead of the businesses that are constantly looking for the cheapest labor possible via undocumented immigrants, like the ones currently working on Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington, DC.
Not all Republicans are racist, paranoid bigots who vote against their self interests and think that vaccines cause autism or that immigrants are the source of all of our problems – but Donald Trump is rapidly becoming the spokesman for those who are.
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