Donald Trump’s campaign has had plenty of rough moments over the past year, but the last few weeks have been some of the most turbulent for the bombastic Republican presidential candidate. It looked like things might have been turning around for him as he appeared to be “softening” (aka lying/flip-flopping/desperately trying to pander to Latino and moderate voters to save his campaign) his stance on immigration, as his recent poll numbers had showed signs of improvement.
Well, on Thursday, we saw exactly the type of coward Donald Trump is, and on Friday the reaction to his rather controversial day might have marked the death of his campaign.
It started out with a last-minute trip to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena that many viewed as nothing more than a photo-op. Then during Trump’s remarks following the meeting, standing right next to the Mexican president, he was asked whether or not the topic of who’d pay for his border wall was brought up – at which point Trump said it was never discussed. That was fairly interesting considering how important “Mexico paying for the wall” has been to Trump’s campaign.
Trump’s entire speech standing next to President Pena was completely spineless as he slowly and methodically read something that had clearly been written by someone else, never once uttering any of his bold anti-Mexican talking points he’s used frequently during his campaign.
However, almost immediately as these two men departed, reports began to swirl that President Pena did confront Trump about Mexico building the wall, with the Mexican president telling him that there was no way that was happening. This further exposed how much of a coward Trump actually is considering that, instead of admitting he had been told that there was no way Mexico was going to pay for his wall, he stood there right next to President Pena and blatantly lied. Trump knew full well that the Mexican president had confronted him about one of the most controversial aspects of his campaign.
Then Trump flew to Arizona to give his “big immigration speech” that sounded like something that had been taken straight from the anti-immigration section of your average white nationalist’s “playbook.” Not only was it hostile, angry and possibly one of the most over-the-top speeches of his campaign (which is saying something considering who we’re talking about), but he proclaimed that Mexico would pay for the wall — “they just didn’t know it yet.”
Though what I found most comical about Thursday was how neutered Trump acted while he stood next to President Pena, never once uttering any of his boldest anti-Mexican talking points and lying about being told by the Mexican president that there was no way Mexico was paying for his wall — only to fly down to the safety of Arizona where he went out and “talked tough” about illegal immigration, saying many of the things he was too much of a coward to say while he was in Mexico.
Needless to say, on Friday, the reaction to Trump’s speech was rather intense. Several Latino surrogates of Trump officially ended their support of the candidate, citing his Arizona speech as proof that he’s not serious about immigration or having any legitimate desire to reach out to Latino voters.
In my opinion, this might be the moment where we look back and say his campaign officially died.
Despite what Trump and his millions of angry white voters believe, the Latino vote matters — a lot. While a Republican doesn’t have to win the majority of Latino voters to win a presidential election, they do need some support from that particular voting demographic if they want to stand any possible chance at winning. Donald Trump and those backing him really don’t seem to understand this — at all.
After watching his immigration speech on Thursday, it’s clear that Donald Trump’s plan to “soften” his stance on immigration was short-lived and he’s seemingly given up any desire to try to appeal to Latino voters. In fact, he only seemed to double-down on ensuring he earns as little Latino support as possible this November.
If he somehow loses even more support among Latino voters than he already has — which seems to be the reality he might be facing based upon several of his Latino surrogates giving up on him on Friday — Donald Trump might have officially sealed his campaign’s fate.
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