Thursday, July 02, 2015

As Donald Trump surges in polls, Democrats cheer

By Philip Rucker July 1 at 4:17 PM, WashPost

For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention.

With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

“They’re bringing drugs,” Trump said in his campaign announcement speech. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

The comments — and many more since — have prompted an uproar among Latino groups and acrimonious breakups between Trump and various corporate partners. His outlandish rhetoric and skill at occupying the national spotlight are also proving to be dangerously toxic for the GOP brand, which remains in the rehabilitation stage after losing the 2012 presidential race.

(More here. And then there is this:)

Here are 12 other times Donald Trump vilified illegal immigrants in no uncertain terms

By Amber Phillips July 1 at 4:22 PM, WashPost

Lately, Donald Trump has not been on immigrant advocates' good side.

Since announcing he's running for president, the real-estate mogul has managed to call illegal immigrants "rapists" -- "Some, I assume are good people," he caveated -- and drug-toting criminals. It cost him his relationships with Univision, NBC, Macy's and even Flo Rida.

But what's most interesting is that this is hardly something new for Trump. As immigrant advocates will be the first to tell you, Trump was stirring this pot long before launching his quixotic presidential campaign. In fact, we found a dozen instances dating back to last year of him linking undocumented immigrants to terrorism, the potential spread of Ebola and otherwise destroying America. (Oh, and Trump also wants to build a really big wall between us and Mexico -- paid for by Mexico, somehow.)

In fact, saying bad things about illegal immigrants is kind of something Trump does a lot. And his comments in his announcement speech were basically repeating what he said before. We all just took notice.

Let's recap, starting with the most recent.

(More here.)

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