Monday, July 13, 2015
There is big news in the Republiucan Party! Key Republicans are distancing themselves from presidential candidate Donald Trump's denunciation of immigrants from Mexico as rapists and criminals, saying he has become "a wrecking ball" for the party's ability to win Hispanic voters. Numerous companies have cut ties with the billionaire real estate developer over his comments.
"At the end of the day, for us to win a national election, we have to do better with Hispanics," presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN's "State of the Union" program. "And for us to have the moral authority as a party to govern a great nation, we have to reject this demagoguery. If we don't, we will lose, and we will deserve to lose."
According to to Wikipedia, a demagogue "is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the lower socioeconomic classes in order to gain power and promote political motives. Demagogues usually oppose deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness."
Parallels have been drawn between Trump's comments and California Governor Pete Wilson's support of the anti-immigrant initiative Proposition 187 in 1994, which helped Wilson win re-election but was the death knell for the Republican Party in California. While Proposition 187 brought out anti-Latino, anti-immigrant sentiment, Wilson did not use the harsh, coarse, and alienating language employed repeatedly by Trump.