Donald Trump’s racist remarks about Mexican immigrants are causing businesses like Macy’s to have second thoughts about dealing with him; this week they announced they were pulling Trump’s clothing line (which, ironically, is made in Mexico) from their stores, and today Trump is whining about it in classic right wing style.
“I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don’t run for office,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News, addressing the recent spate of businesses that have severed their relationships with his brand. “I didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad.”
Trump’s comments have since led a spate of corporations — including Macy’s, NBC Universal, Univision and mattress company Serta — to disavow their partnerships with the business mogul.
The Republican presidential candidate has since defied those companies — even suing Univision for $500 million because of their dropped pageant contract — and defended his statements on immigration.
“It seems like I’m sort of the whipping post because I bring it up. And I don’t understand whether you are liberal or whether you are conservative or whether you are Republican, Democrat — why wouldn’t you talk about a problem?” Trump said Saturday. “The crime is raging. It’s violent, and people don’t want to even talk about it. If you talk about it, you are a racist. I don’t understand it.”
Actually, Trump is a racist not because he wants to “talk about” a real problem, but because he’s spewing hatred at an entire population of people — and because he’s simply wrong. Data show Mexican immigrants (legal or illegal) are in fact less likely to commit crimes.
But meanwhile, the right wing base absolutely loves this kind of anti-Latino racism, and Trump is actually polling in second place among GOP presidential candidates right now, at a time when the Republican Party needs to rebuild its support among minorities.
It might be comical, if it weren’t such a sad, sad picture of the continuing degradation of the US conservative movement into the worst sort of of reactionary xenophobia.