Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Daily Trumpeter: A new series in the Sky Island Scriber blog

As a public service, Scriber is tracking "the Donald." The stimulus for the Trumpeter was Trump's affirmation of remarks in his candidacy announcement. In the latest blast he doubled down. From a report on his second statement by Bloomberg.com:

I don’t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech.

Here is what I said, and yet this statement is deliberately distorted by the media:

"When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to 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. 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 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 got to stop and it’s got to stop fast."

What can be simpler or more accurately stated? ...

Indeed. He really did mean to refer to most Hispanic immigrants as drug dealers and rapists.

In this first of the Trumpeter series, Steve Benen at MSNBC/Rachel Maddow Show covers possible fallout from Trump's rhetoric. Never mind the companies that have ditched him. The GOP is jittery and Hispanics are not exactly pleased.

The obvious problem – or benefit, depending on one’s perspective – with the Republican issuing this latest harangue is that it starts the process over again. Trump has doubled down on his anti-Mexican rhetoric, which means a new round of attention – attention that’s given Trump a significant boost in GOP polling – and a new round of questions for his rivals about their reactions to his antics.

Trump seized the spotlight, took control of the Republican conversation, and as of yesterday afternoon, he’s not letting go.

For national GOP politics, this probably isn’t good news. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin had a good report last night, stressing an important, big-picture point: "Donald Trump is surging in popularity with Republicans, while suffering a meltdown in Hispanic media over inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants – a radioactive combination that threatens to drag down the GOP’s efforts to win Latino voters."

Yippee yay yay! Hoo-rah! Three cheers! Go Jeb? Naw, Go Donald.

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