“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
I am certain that the majority of people have heard this speech from business mogul, Donald Trump. This absolutely hatred filled speech of Mexican immigrants in the United States delivered on June 16th has rattled a nation whose population of Latinos has been growing at a staggering rate compared to the rest of the country. Now, I will make it quite clear here, as someone of Latin American descent, this hits close to home. However, I have chosen to side with America Ferrera and look at the bright side of his incredibly ignorant comments.
As she points out in her letter to Trump, “what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that. Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
Another good thing? The support of massive companies who have cut ties with Trump demonstrate that it is not just Latinos who are not going to put up with hate rhetoric, it looks like America will not support it either. Since this speech, companies like Macy’s, NBC Universal, Ora TV, Serta and Univision have completely cut ties with Trump. Even Univision has taken on Trump as he sues them for $500 million because the Spanish-language network cancelled plans to air the July 12th Miss USA pageant.
Unfortunately, despite the backlash, Trump seems to think he is still right as he commented on the case of a woman being gunned down at random in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant. “We have many cases like this, but nobody wants to talk about it, it seems like I’m sort of a whipping post because I bring it up.” Trump is also reportedly a little bit shocked over the severity of the backlash against his speech, but is apparently still holding strong with what he said.
Well Trump, let me tell you, you are not a whipping post because you bring up crimes and you do deserve the severity of the backlash that has come your way, you are a whipping post because you have put into the words the divisiveness that America has struggled with over the past few years and in letting words leave your mouth, you have promised America that a vote for Trump is a vote for divisiveness.
So really Trump, good luck. I hope your platform of divisiveness gets more and more people out to the polling stations to vote against you.
All that I can hope for you sir, is that America gets to point at you and let you know, “YOU’RE FIRED.”