In good news for the world: It doesn’t pay to be a racist! Following his bigoted comments about Mexicans, Donald Trump has been dumped by growing list of business associates. First it was Univision, who pulled out of Miss USA. Then NBC followed suit. And the blows just keep coming for the blowhard with the curious haircut.
CBS reports Macy’s, NASCAR and Serta (the mattress company) have cut ties to Trump. But if you ask Trump, people aren’t bailing because they’re appalled by his blithely painting Mexicans as drug dealers and racists who are sneaking into America to tear it down. Nope. He thinks we all agree with him but are too cowardly to admit it.
“It seems like I’m sort of the whipping post because I bring it up. And I don’t understand whether you are liberal or whether you are conservative or whether you are Republican, Democrat — why wouldn’t you talk about a problem?” Trump said. “The crime is raging. It’s violent, and people don’t want to even talk about it. If you talk about it, you are a racist. I don’t understand it.”
Hm. Last time he said this was about trade. Now it’s about crime. Or maybe immigration. It depends on the minute and the outlet.
Businesses aren’t the only ones bailing on the bloviator. Other Republican candidates in the crowded field for the 2016 presidential election have spoke out to distance themselves. Florida Senator Marc Rubio—whose parents were Cuban immigrants—called Trump’s remarks “not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.”
Florida’s governor Jeb Bush, who’s wife was born in Mexico, said, “He’s not a stupid guy, so I don’t assume that he thinks every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. So he’s doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw attention to his campaign, which seems to be his organizing principle of his campaign, and it doesn’t represent the Republican Party or its values.”
All this is hitting Trump right in the wallet, but he has his sights set on the White House, cost be damned. “For the people who say I’m doing it for my brand - this isn’t good for my brand,” Trump said. “I think it’s bad for my brand. You know, maybe I’m leading in polls, but this is certainly not good. I lose customers, I lose people.”
However Trump’s firm stance on illegal immigration may not have prevented his company from hiring undocumented workers from south of the border. The Washington Post spoke with construction crews building a new $200 million Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., and one worker—who is now legal through marriage—told reporters, “It’s something ironic…The majority of us are Hispanics, many who came illegally. And we’re all here working very hard to build a better life for our families.”
And for Donald Trump apparently.
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