“Nobody loves the Hispanics more,” Donald Trump said at a New Mexico rally back in September, but does he really? The reality is that being Latinx in the United States feels a bit different lately. Whether or not he is against Latinx people, there is no denying that the subject of Trump versus Latinos has been controversial since 2016. Even though his fans are fascinated by his “say it how it is” attitude, there are times he takes it too far. I’ll even go as far as saying that his “blunt” attitude has taken him to insult the Latinx community and that should not be acceptable.
It’s hard to understand why Donald Trump and his administration have made it feel as though they are attacking the Latinx community. After all, Latinx/Hispanic make up a great portion of the United States population and we significantly contribute to the economy. Perhaps he Trump is still bothered by the fact that most Latinx people voted Democratic in the last elections. Or maybe he’s just intimidated by the greatness of our beautiful culture.
The problem with the many outrageous comments Trump makes against Latinx people is that they are going to haunt the United States forever. Technology is going to make sure of that. Everything he does (or anyone for that matter) is constantly getting documented and saved. This includes his tweets at odd hours of the morning. You would think this would stop him from insulting anyone, but this could possibly be encouraging him more. It’s okay if you don’t believe he’s ever insulted Latinx people, there’s proof.
The following are some instances where Donald Trump insults the Latinx community. Some will have a brief commentary. Brace yourself because it is not going to be pretty.
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity and now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
This is one of the notorious statements Trump chose to kick start his presidential campaign back in 2015.
“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.”
“You look at countries like Mexico, where they’re killing us on the border, absolutely destroying us on the border. They’re destroying us in terms of economic development.”
Yet again, Trump is heard dehumanizing Mexicans, which to him and many people in the United States is no different from any other Latinx culture.
“How do you stop these people?” one of his supporters belted, “Shoot them.” As he heard that statement Trump said during a rally in Panama City, Florida, “That’s only in the Florida panhandle, can you get away with that statement,” following it up with a smirk.
Let’s remember that these people crossing over are usually Latinx. So, does that mean it’s okay to mistreat someone seeking asylum? Remember, seeking asylum is a COMPLETELY LEGAL in the United States.
Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! https://t.co/87jvaYUkyn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Though Beto’s lineage is Irish, he’s been paying respect to the city his family settled in, El Paso, for a long time. His family gave him the nickname of “Beto” as a child since his grandfather bore the same name. There is nothing phony about a name. Why bring our Hispanic heritage into this?
That same day he publicly asked Cortes, “Who do you like more, the country or Hispanics?” Imagine having to choose between your identity to satisfy someone else’s rhetoric. Gross.
Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane, more money than has ever been gotten for a hurricane before, & all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA….
It’s mind-boggling to have the president insult a land that belongs to the USA. This is how detached he feels from Puerto Rico. Could it be because they too make up part of the Latinx culture?
“Every death is a horror,” the president said, “but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous – hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”
What does he mean by “real catastrophe?” Again, here he is diminishing Puerto Rico’s suffering because he’s not acquainted with the fact they too are U.S. citizens. By the way, more than 3,000 people died due to the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun.”
This was when Trump was throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans in their time of need. He thought it was a game, when in fact, people were dying. How detached from reality can someone be when they can’t accept that was disrespectful? His lack of empathy is worrisome.
“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from their parents once they cross the border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.”
It’s insulting to know that the president generalized everyone coming in the caravan as an MS-13 thug. Here’s the thing, a lot of those people trying to come in were people fleeing for their safety. Many were merely seeking asylum.
This is a comment Trump made in regards to several countries, including El Salvador. Another racist comment against a Latinx country, fueling his supporters to further discriminate the Latinx that are already here in the United States.
Following the shooting of El Paso, Trump’s silence was deafening.
After the tragic shooting of El Paso, Donald Trump made no mention of the Latinx lives that were lost. That was an insult to the family of the victims and to the entire Latinx community. He did, however, condemn white supremacy, but that was all. He needs to start accepting that there are many Latinx-American people residing in the United States.
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!
“Jeb Bush is crazy, who cares that he speaks Mexican, this is America, English!!”
This despicable tweet was sent out in 2015. Who thinks Mexican is a language? I’m sorry, Donnie, but it’s Spanish. Get it right! Also, keep in mind that Jeb Bush’s wife is Mexican.
“I’m building the wall, I’m building the wall,” Mr. Trump said. “I have a Mexican judge. He’s of Mexican heritage. He should have recused himself, not only for that, for other things.
Sounding like a child in the middle of a tantrum, here we have Trump upset at the fact that a Mexican judge, Gonzalo Curiel, was overseeing his lawsuit against Trump U. It’s as though he can’t handle the idea that Latinx are intelligent individuals and are capable of being ethical.
“Everybody says it, but I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel.”
Continuing the same trend, he calls Judge Curiel a hater because he doesn’t want a Mexican overseeing his case. That’s insulting AF.
“People have been saying for years that we should talk to Mexico. The problem is that Mexico is an “abuser” of the United States, taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades. Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers”
Invasion? Doesn’t that sound like there’s an infestation of impish insects? Does he consider the Latinx people already in the United States part of this “invasion” he’s talking about?
“Coyotes and Illegal Immigrants, which they can do very easily, or our many companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to move South of the Border, will be brought back into the United States through taxation (Tariffs). America has had enough!”
No one should ever be referred to as “illegal.” It is not illegal to be a human being wanting a better life. I wonder if he would use the word “illegal” to describe an undocumented immigrant from Europe.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents”
He makes it sound like it’s a nuisance to have people emigrate into the United States. Remember, immigration founded this country.
“The Mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, just stated that “the City is ill-prepared to handle this many migrants, the backlog could last 6 months.” Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!”
Again with his invasion narrative. Please, don’t ever say this about anyone. It’s rude. And what’s up with his angry “go home” remark?
“These aren’t people. These are animals.”
This was when he was talking about the caravans coming from Central America. He made a generalization that those Latinx people were associated with MS-13, but we all know that wasn’t true. Children were amidst that trip. Children looking for a better life … not animals.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.”
He does love using that terrible word. If only he realized that it’s inhumane to use that word when describing anyone.
“Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for “anywhere.”
In this tweet, he is pretty much blaming Puerto Rico because they were being approached by a hurricane during hurricane season. This comment was not only undiplomatic, it was unnecessary. Hurricanes are going to happen. This is what happens when you don’t understand science.
In a 2011 interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump said, “They’re coming over, and they’re climbing over a fence, and there’s nobody within 10 miles — and they’re selling drugs all over the place, they’re killing people all over the place — and we’re not doing anything about it.”
He started out early with his anti-Latinx rhetoric, but many people didn’t notice.
“We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world. If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!”
“Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!”
Since Donald Trump doesn’t believe in hiring someone who is fluent in Spanish, he had to resort to Google translate for this message. Not only is the grammar completely wrong, it also reflects on how little Trump is willing to do to communicate with Latinx people.
Pres. Trump: “PUerto Rico. We love PUerto Rico. And we also love Puerto Rico.”
Here is Trump blatantly mocking Puerto Rican’s accent. The fact some Latinx have an accent when speaking is not a laughing matter. In fact, it shows that our brains are superior because we can think in more than one language.
Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan who won the Miss Universe contest in 1996 had one of the worst treatments from Trump. “He called her woman Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina.”
And then we have this gem. All I can think of whenever I see this picture is WTF. How are you going to buy Latinx with a sorry excuse for a taco bowl? Unbelievable.
Mi gente, this is our reality. We are living in a time where our people are getting constantly attacked and this isn’t okay. Even though he claims that he has a lot of Hispanic love, Trump’s disapproval rating among Hispanics stood at 79 percent in a recent poll. Now, you already know the drill. Get out and vote. Make yourself be heard.