Trump made the announcement to a crowd of supporters, all cheering the man who promised to pay them each $50 to pretend to care about what he had to say. Unfortunately for Trump they weren’t the only ones listening in when he proceeded to make derogatory and racist remarks towards Mexicans. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” he said during his speech, referring to Mexican immigrants in the United States. They are a popular group to bash among Republican candidates, though Trump has obviously taken it further than most.
And the backlash was immediate, with Univision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, pulling out of its plans to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, both owned by Trump. Not long thereafter, NBC followed suit with the English-language broadcast, as more and more brands began distancing themselves from the billionaire businessman as it became clear that he stood by his statements.
“If you look at the statistics of people coming,” he said during an interview on Wednesday. “You look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling.” However the sources he cited paint a different picture, instead indicating that a ‘mind-boggling’ 80% of women immigrating from Mexico become rape victims, not the other way around. Trump either can’t understand the numbers or he is intentionally muddying them in order to make his racist remarks appear legitimate.
And the worst part of it all is that the scheme is actually working. Trump is currently polling in second place among Republican candidates, behind only former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Racism and bigotry seem to be quite popular among Republicans these days.