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Twitter Reacts To 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Cementing GOP’s Anti-Immigrant Brand

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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: