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Trump’s racism kills his presidential potential

While other 2016 United States presidential candidates downplay their opposition to illegal immigration, Donald Trump isn’t afraid to bring his racism and negative assumptions about immigrants to the forefront. In order for Trump to win the Latino vote, he needs to change his mindset and instead positively and genuinely engage with the Latino community.

Many people want to cross the United States-Mexico border because they dream of a better life for their families and more diverse educational opportunities for their kids, but Trump has continuously painted immigrants as criminals and degenerates.

A pollster working for Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign predicted that Republicans will need 40 percent of the Hispanic vote to win the 2016 election.

During the 2012 presidential race, the Hispanic electorate accounted for 8.4 percent of total voters, according to Law Street Media. Although this number doesn’t seem significant, and isn’t when it comes to the popular vote, Hispanic voters make up larger portions of the eligible voting population of key electoral college states. Eligible Hispanic voters account for 40.1 percent of eligible voters in New Mexico, 27.4 percent in Texas, 26.9 percent in California, 20.3 percent in Arizona, 17.1 percent in Florida, 15.9 percent in Nevada and 13.2 percent in New York, according to the Pew Research Center.

Despite the growing number of Latino voters, Trump has continued to judge Mexican immigrants. The moment that Trump categorized Mexican immigrants as “rapists” in his presidential announcement is the moment that he lost the majority of the Latino vote.

NBC cancelled their relationship with Trump in June in the wake of Trump’s comments and dropped his produced shows with the network, including “Miss Universe,” “Miss USA” and “The Apprentice,” according to Business Insider.

Trump met privately with Javier Palomarez, the CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at Trump Tower Sept. 2 in Manhattan. Palomarez told CNN in an interview after the meeting that Trump said he “did not need” the Hispanic vote, referring to his high poll numbers. Trump denied ever saying this, telling CNN’s Don Lemon, “No, I never said you don’t need the Hispanics. I think I am going to win the Hispanics. I never said that.”

Despite what he thinks, Trump will not get the Latino vote. Trump has said that he is in favor of deportation and he wants to take away birthright citizenship for children born to parents who came to the U.S. illegally, according to Fox News.

Trump is also in favor of building a wall along the border and kicked Jorge Ramos, a respected Mexican journalist, out of his press conference in Ohio Aug. 25 and told him to “go back to Univision.”

Trump’s racist comments about illegal immigration and his anti-immigrant positions have cost him crucial support among the Latino population. President Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. Judging from the GOP candidates’ positions on immigration issues, especially Trump’s, the Democratic nominee will likely win the Latino vote in the general election in 2016.

Trump’s comments and behavior compromise the GOP’s attempt to reach out to Latino voters in the 2016 election. Even worse, his rhetoric builds a fallacious image of the Latino community in the United States that no one should stand for.

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    flattaxmanSep 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Millions of Americans have
    no reservations as me about Donald Trump. My vote and everybody I know has
    confidence in the man who speaks his mind.
    My analysis of his character is that he just spills the truth of what
    has happened to the United States? He pulls no punches as the
    Bush’s and Clinton’s have to say. These
    Professionals standing behind their podium and staring down at the hidden
    teleprompter, following the words like
    credits on a movie screen. Mr. Trump
    caught my eye after an old Black friend
    of mine across the road, a Veteran from the Vietnam war told me to come over an
    watch Trumps commencement speech. The specifics of any given issue wasn’t
    there, but he had a lot to say and had the exceptional ability of captivating
    the crowd in the first debate. Everything Trump had to attribute to American
    Peoples issues, was what every American was thinking?

    Trump a formidable ally of
    the American people is going to be resented by both sides in Congress. The top
    hierarchy have tremendous influence, power and they don’t like their nest eggs
    disturbed. The elitists in the so-called Club of Growth doesn’t like the
    interruption in their special privileges that are afforded to the really

    I hadn’t heard anything from
    any other of the presidential candidates about assisting the soldiers who
    fought in the different wars. but Trump immediately gained my respect, when he
    stated that Congress was treating returning warriors as 3 class citizens and
    that was one of the major problems, he would change immediately. Going after
    dangerous criminal illegal aliens and gangs was another serious cause that had
    to be disinfected as with ‘Sanctuary Cities’? This was the first time that
    either my friend or myself could remember a Businessman tycoon who was willing
    to take on the Professional class in Washington who supposedly run our country
    for the American People.

    Since then I have watched
    Mr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina who are
    limited in how to handle the illegal alien invasion–and that’s what it is–an
    invasion. As they are still crossing the Southern Border and a large number of
    them are carting drugs, more poverty and even diseases that haven’t been so
    prevalent for years. The US Border
    Patrol Council says that only 40 percent of overall enforcement is happening at the
    border. The fact is that we suffering from an insidious Administration headed
    by Obama. This President has refused to stop the illegal alien incursion with
    even more impoverished, uneducated foreigners. Its commencement began with
    Obama revisiting the Rule of Law, and signing numerous executive orders,
    condemning American people to an even larger the price tag.

    In his opening oratory Trump
    said he is going to build a wall; later saying that wall, that nobody could
    easily climb over, a physical deterrent as could be seen between Palestine and Israel. From what I have seen of
    his impressive, magnificent buildings in Manhattan I have
    no doubt he can build a structure to hold back illegal nationals? King Obama
    has done nothing to secure America. Senator Ted Cruz has
    illustrated that he has a mutual agreement with Trump about the monstrous
    issues that confront the Citizens and permanent residents equally each day. He
    has stood alone against both parties and
    Congress and has no yielded to bad bills.

    Trumps greatest asset,
    unlike the rest of the crowd that will appear today he has turned away the
    pestering assemblage of lobbyists, that work for the mega corporations and
    manufacturing. All want their share of the giant profits cheap labor and future
    votes bring? That is something the Professional class of politicians or even
    Ben, Carly and those who will be standing on the stage have to rely on for
    their campaigns. Trump is spending his own money; the Special Interests have
    already tried to buy his favors, but they sent on their way and out of luck? When
    you are a billionaire you don’t have your hands tied behind your back and have
    to be extra careful who you might offend?

    I pity the career politician
    who makes a personal attack on Trump. He has been out in the world and knows
    how to reciprocate any insults.

    None of the nominees today
    are willing to have an answer of the illegal alien intrusion on our society. But
    that is not the only demanding issue facing our great nation. In most cases its
    a path to citizenship after being vetted. Which it was anything like the first
    Amnesty, we are in big trouble. American people must decide if we are going to
    be a dumping ground, for any poor person who wants to settle here? Mr. Trump no
    need to confront the Anchor baby law. Instead revise the E-Verify law and amend
    it so its no longer a choice? If E-Verify is Mandatory and every employer must
    take part, then states as California overloaded with illegal
    aliens will be forced to serve the US citizens and honest lawful
    immigrants. Every employer who is found culpable for hiring illegal aliens or already
    in the workforce must face harsh punishments, and multiple felonies would send
    you to prison.

    This is the key problem for
    our country. Places as Southern California are overwhelmed with people
    who have violated our borders; within the County some places are no indifferent
    from a third world country. This is why there must be an emphasis on Birthright
    Citizenship and the term ‘Anchor Babies’? The other in the race for grabbing
    the White house are far from eager to speak out on the subject. But Trump has
    from the start sent a fusillade through the airwaves about this shunned
    subject. Its cost with the illegal alien invasion is over $113 billion dollars
    a year, minus what taxes some foreign nationals pay. But it cannot make up for
    this unspeakable cost to taxpayers or the 40 billion in dollars, that leaves
    the country in remittances to other countries. This is money no longer
    circulated in America; this is just the tip of
    the problematic iceberg, that remains unseen just lurking below the fiscal
    surface? Do you realize their is so much fraud with child tax credits for
    illegal aliens, that the 4.7 billion dollars would pay for the Donald Trump
    wall and decorate it with concertina razor wire.

    All that money could
    strengthen our military that Obama is decimating, cutting back to prior World
    War 2 levels. Our national Security is at risk with our 3 armed forces falling
    behind of China and Russia. At first Mr. Trump was
    limited to give in depth understanding of the Domestic and Foreign consequences
    of our dampened down Security at the border, not knowing who was coming in?
    Today its more important than ever with the crazy butchering ISIS terrorist waiting for a gap
    in our national security. I see just this few troubling issues, that can be
    resolved and as Trump sates, “Make the World Respect us again”.

    Now that Trump is well on
    the way to becoming President, I see him becoming less on the offensive and
    displaying signs of becoming more placid. He will become a perfect statesman
    for our nation, with a business shrewdness, tough authority to renegotiate all the poorly assigned free
    trade agreements treaties, specifically with Mexico, China and Japan. A more benevolent tax system where everybody
    is equal with an fair assessment of taxes for the wealthy, corporations and
    businesses. Since the Beginning of the Obama administration America has been falling into
    financial ruin, with the disbursement of citizen monetary benefits to foreign
    parasites, who see US citizens as a free provider for their families and
    relatives using CHAIN MIGRATION.

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