While Republicans such as Jeb Bush are going out of their way to attract the increasingly important Hispanic vote in 2016 – Bush delivered some of his launch speech in Spanish – Donald Trump appeared to be heading in a different direction with his campaign launch on Tuesday.
After setting the mood by entering to “Rockin’ in the Free World”, a famously-liberal rock anthem—written by the very Canadian Neil Young—decrying the poverty policies of the elder President Bush’s administration, Donald Trump did what any aspiring, rock-loving, liberal-promoting, anti-poverty person would do:
He denounced an entire group of people as thugs and criminals.
Here’s the transcript:
…[the U.S.] has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. Thank you. It’s true. And these are the best and the finest. 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. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably, probably, from the Middle East, but we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no competence. We don’t know what’s happening. And it’s gotta stop. And it’s gotta stop fast.
– Donald J. Trump
June 16, 2015