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Trump Asks Crowd, 'Who Do You Like More? The Country or Hispanics?'

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Trump Asks Crowd, 'Who Do You Like More? The Country or Hispanics?'

2019-09-18 11:15:06

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Screenshot)

Donald Trump just cannot seem to grasp the concept that we are all equal. Even in an effort to be inclusive, he still must keep other races separated from his own, be it Hispanic, Muslim, African-American, etc. Basically, his track record with people of color speaks for itself.

Certainly, one of the hardest hit with Trump's opinions is Hispanics. This started from the very beginning when he first announced he was running for president in June 2015. He made a comment that Mexico doesn't send their best over the border. 

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

His record with Mexico and immigration after that day speaks for itself. 

Earlier this week he held a rally in New Mexico and made a plea to Hispanic voters. He continued to refer to them as separate from the rest of the public, suggested they knew more about the drug problem than others, wondered how a newsman could be Hispanic when he looks Northern European, then asked him, "Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?"

Referencing CNN contributor Steve Cortes who was in the crowd, he suggested, "He happens to be Hispanic, but I never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do." 

In a cringe-worthy moment for his PR team, the president asked Cortes at that moment, "Who do you like more, the country of the Hispanics?"

When Cortes appeared to mouth "country," Trump continued. "I don't know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you," he replied. "We got a lot of Hispanics." 

He then further insulted the Hispanics in the crowd by suggesting they understand his need for a border wall more because of their greater understanding of the drug problem.

"And at the center of America's drug crisis, this is where the Hispanics know it better than anybody. People said, 'Oh, the Hispanics won't like a wall.' I said, 'I think they re going to love it." 

"You know why?" Trump continued. "Because you understand it better than other people, but at the whole center of this crisis is the drugs that are pouring in, and you understand that when other people don't understand it."

"Nobody loves the Hispanics more," he said. "We love our Hispanics, get out and vote." 

It's obvious at this point that someone told him he needs the Hispanic vote to win reelection. It's certainly not true that he loves Hispanics more than his country if you have followed all the things he has said about and done to them since 2015.

But he needs that vote and is hoping the nearly 50-percent Hispanic population in New Mexico will vote for him, wanting to multiply the "Latinos for Trump" signs that were being displayed by some in the Hispanic crowd that showed up for the rally. 

He lost New Mexico by more than 8 points, and the Republicans were defeated there last November as well. If he wants to carry the state in 2020, he has some work to do, and frankly, his odd comments to them couldn't have helped.

"How do I lose New Mexico," he asked the crowd. "Explain that one." 

His recent approval ratings show that his disapproval among the Hispanic population is around 79 percent.

His pleas to New Mexico are new and showing that he's worried, or at least his campaign is worried, about his how he'll do in the election. The president normally doesn't travel to states where he doesn't have much support, but he's beginning to now. 

Campaign manager Brad Parscale, though, insisted before Trump's visit to New Mexico that the administration's policies resonate with the voters there. He also implied that data shows Trump has strength in New Mexico.

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