Thursday, October 22, 2015
The beat -- or drumbeat -- goes on. Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reports that anti-immigrant rhetoric remains the rallying cry of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. In Iowa, when Trump mentioned illegal immigration at a small rally, people roared with applause. Trump seemed to feed off this encouragement. He criticized Ford Motor Company for its plan to spend $2.5 billion on a new plant in Mexico and detailed how he would bully Ford into building that plant in the United States instead. Trump kept going: "I mean, the way our country is run, if it doesn't happen to be me that wins, you know what's going to happen? They're going to build a plant and illegals are going drive those cars right over the border." As the crowd laughed and cheered, Trump took another jab at immigrants: "And they'll probably end up stealing the cars."
In the more than four months that Trump has been running for president, immigration has remained one of his issues, guaranteed to excite conservative audiences. And each time Trump makes a joke or harsh comment about immigrants, he yet again angers immigration activists and many Latinos, spurring protests and boycotts.
In announcing his candidacy in mid-June, Trump said the "U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems" and that Mexico is "sending people that have lots of problems." In setting the tone for his campaign, Trump said: "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."