The Ugly American
The Ugly American
Adrienne BoettingerMonday,6 July 2015
On June 16, in the midst of announcing he was running for President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, Sr. said a whole lotta horrible things about Mexico. Two weeks later, a CNN/ORC poll showed that 12 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters said Trump their guy, second only to Bush. That same day ten percent of Republican voters in Iowa said they wanted Trump in the White House, tied for second with a man who thinks prison turns people gay, according to a Quinnipiac poll.
What does this say about us?
I guess it says that we hate Mexico. And immigrants. Oh and the Chinese too – Trump didn’t call them rapists, criminals and drug dealers like he did with Mexican immigrants but he does think the Chinese are stealing American jobs and may or may not be stupid.
Now some of these immigrant-hating voters will say that they like Trump because he says what’s on his mind, doesn’t hold back and isn’t a politician. He “tells it like it is” or so sayeth an increasing number of white working-class voters who feel their jobs have been stolen by furriners.
Some may say, “These red-white-and-blue Americans probably don’t know what Trump said.” On that, fellow patriots, I call shenanigans. It is nearly impossible that the voters polled hadn’t heard what Trump said. It was everywhere. Network, cable news, print, radio, online, bumper stickers, embroidered on pillows, and campaign posters (“Trump 2016: Someone’s Doing the Raping”). Keep in mind we’re not talking about a hostile press conference where Trump was tricked by the liberal media into saying something he didn’t believe. We’re talking about a campaign that Trump had ostensibly been planning for quite some time.
And since that announcement, he’s been given multiple opportunities to “walk back his comments.” For those not immersed in politics, “walking back your comments” means “you now realize something you said was wildly unpopular with or unbelievably offensive to people from whom you need something, so you make a half-ass apology or blame other people for what you said.” But he hasn’t stepped away from his comments in the slightest. In fact, he’s threatened to sue people who have ended business relationships with him because of those same comments.
While many GOP candidates are running as far away from the Donald as they can, proclaiming their love of or at least tolerance of Mexico, voters aren’t alone in their adoration of Trump. Texas Senator Ted Cruz thinks Donald Trump is “terrific” and that NBC, a network that dumped Trump after his comments, is being politically correct and “silly.”
What Donald Trump literally said in his announcement that he was running for Commander-in-Chief/Head of State/Leader of the Free World is this: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
When you think about sending Trump to the White House, do you think you are sending your best? Or are you even thinking at all?