After years of bloviating and self-promotion, reality star and “business magnate” (according to Wikipedia) Donald Trump made it official and announced his candidacy for President in 2016.
Trump already has a long history of extreme and outlandish comments on immigrants and immigration under his belt, and his rambling announcement at Trump Tower today — which included a vile accusation that most immigrants from Mexico are “rapists” — stayed offensively true to form.
From Esther Lee of ThinkProgress:
During a lengthy Tuesday morning announcement that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination, real estate mogul Donald Trump claimed that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are “rapists” who “are bringing drugs” to the U.S. He also indicated that he would build a “great wall” on the southern U.S. border and that he would dismantle President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive action that has shielded hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
“When do we beat Mexico at the border?” Trump asked the crowd at his announcement at his namesake Trump Tower in New York City. “They are not our friend, believe me…The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems…When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”
“Some, I assume are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting,” Trump continued. “They are not sending us the right people. It’s coming all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no competence. We don’t know what is happening and it has got to stop and it has to stop fast.”
Wow. Iowa’s Steve King may not be running for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, but Trump certainly is. And while pro-citizenship candidates like Lindsey Graham will most likely be shut out of the first GOP debate due to new RNC rules, Trump may be polling well enough among GOP primary voters to be included.
That should really do wonders for the GOP’s Latino problem.
Twitter responded to Trump’s despicable remarks about America’s immigrant families with some well-deserved mocking. Some highlights below:
Trump 2016 announcement: Look at meeeeeeeeee
— Elise! Foley (@elisefoley) June 16, 2015
Trump, the son of an immigrant says immigration is ‘destroying the fabric of the country’ http://t.co/F09IvrHY5S @nytpolitics — Alex Ross (@Alexshouz) June 16, 2015
Holy crap, Trump just called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. — Natalie Jackson (@nataliemjb) June 16, 2015
Trump on illegal immigrants: “It’s coming probably, probably, from the Middle East, but we don’t know, we don’t know” #Responsible — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 16, 2015
Is this Donald Trump, descendant of German immigrants, attacking immigrants? — Robin Harrison (@rharrison744) June 16, 2015
Trump just said he’d end “the president’s illegal executive order on immigration.” How very Republican of him to hate on immigrant families. — ¡Pablo! (@Pablo_DNC) June 16, 2015
I can’t even take notes on this speech any more. It’s literally impossible. — Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) June 16, 2015
Trump is winging it. This is not embargoed speech I have. — S.E. Cupp (@secupp) June 16, 2015
Watched the Trump announcement for 15 minutes before I realized I was just staring at a tub of mayo that hated immigrants. — Jesse Neil (@JTrainNeil) June 16, 2015
“And after this announcement, you can use the Trump2016 coupon code at Macys dot com for 10 percent off on my amazing shirts and ties.” — Adam! Smith (@asmith83) June 16, 2015
You guys I’m getting the sense that Donald Trump doesn’t like anyone outside of the US (or a lot of people in it, actually) — Elise! Foley (@elisefoley) June 16, 2015
Solid DNC trolling pic.twitter.com/PSVZKU8i0Z — Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) June 16, 2015
Whenever I get mad about Trump I remember that he’s just a sad insecure guy who craves RESPECT and he’ll never get it, which is great.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) June 16, 2015
The kicker? Undocumented immigrants razed a building to clear the way for Trump Tower back in the 80s. http://t.co/aZGwFxOuIG — Esther Y. Lee 李御璽 (@estherindc) June 16, 2015
For someone who married two of them, Donald Trump sure dislikes immigrants. — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) June 16, 2015
Mexicans brace for a Trump presidency: http://t.co/WJrITa1tLu #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/bSqjpXi2t4 — Laura Martínez ® (@miblogestublog) June 16, 2015
Just what the GOP needs. A billionaire who blames Mexicans https://t.co/C5Z2D49QPp — Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) June 16, 2015
The Donald helpfully cements the GOP brand: “Watch Donald Trump Go Full Nativist In Presidential Campaign Launch” http://t.co/2UgZoIgapk — Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) June 16, 2015