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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Opinion

Donald Trump’s unapologetic racism


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During a speech announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump made several racist remarks regarding Mexicans that stirred up negative responses and dire consequences for this presidential candidate.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” said Trump. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

This offends not only Mexicans, but immigrants as a whole. This country was founded by immigrants, all of which are deeply rooted into our culture.

A country does not make a criminal; a person does. Trump labeling Mexican immigrants in such a disgusting matter is completely disrespectful and should not be tolerated.

To top everything off, he allegedly paid actors $50 to come cheer for him.

Trump’s campaign is an insult to American democracy. Americans are trying to elect someone who can actually move this country forward, and Trump is simply an egotistical multimillionaire abusing this election cycle to generate publicity for himself.

As a result of this racist tirade, Trump is losing business; receiving a mass of bad publicity due to his lack of consideration for immigrants.

Clothing giant Macy’s responded by eliminating the Donald Trump menswear line from all their department stores – ironic considering some of his clothing is made in Mexico.

Macy’s response, among others, proves how ignorant and offensive Trump’s remarks were towards millions of taxpaying Americans that are of Mexican descent.

Clearly, Trump isn’t as great the businessman as he claims to be.

Trump offered simple solutions to some of the most complicated problems America has been facing. The problem is that he is overly-confident, has money, is well-educated and a salesman.

“While Trump’s candidacy terrifies many Republicans, it also offers them a chance to change the nomination game – to engage new voters with their party, to rebrand conservatism for the 21st century and to unify around an anti-Trump candidate,” said Lara Brown, an associate professor of political management at George Washington University.

“Republican insiders should welcome him to the contest with fake smiles and ready daggers.”

Despite his ability to generate publicity, the financial blow he is facing from the severed business ties is devastating.

It’s probably safe to say his campaign will be short-lived.

Republicans will probably keep him going until the debate stage because of his stern attitude, but as long as he continues to offend companies and their customers, his campaign will be more costly than expected.

A candidate with a discriminating, racist attitude and extremist values is not the right person to run this country.

Opinion columnist Rebekah Barquero is a print journalism sophomore and may be reached at [email protected]

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