Not a Fit Candidate

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by Daniel Nardini

Despite his popularity in the opinion polls, I will state that Donald Trump is not a fit candidate for the presidency. His policies about dealing with the undocumented is nothing short of ethnic cleansing, and he has shown no respect for those Latinos who have excelled in their professions. One example is Univision’s Jorge Ramos Avalos. Born in Mexico City, Jorge Ramos came to the United States as a student, and sought freedom here from the Mexican government’s censorship of the time. An anchor for the TV show Noticiero Univision, Ramos is a very respected journalist who is simply trying to get to the heart of the issues. Ramos is also a U.S. citizen, and so therefore an American. When some dimwit back stage told Ramos to “get out of my country,” this made my blood run cold. Trump’s extremist agenda is bringing out the worst in people.

As if this vicious attack by Trump against a respected journalist was not enough, Trump has also stated that “bands of illegals are roaming the streets of Ferguson,” Missouri. According to reliable population statistics, Ferguson’s residents are 44.7 percent white and 52.4 percent African American. Latinos of any race make-up only 1.2 percent of the town’s population. Hardly a roaming hoard. It is very obvious that there are no roaming hoards of Latino gangs in Ferguson. But it seems that Trump loves to create and bask in the headlines he is creating as a runner for the Republican candidate for the presidency. What is especially troubling is that the Tea Party has come out in support it seems for Donald Trump. We are seeing a political Frankenstein meet up with an extreme right wing movement.

With Trump so far leading in the polls among Republican candidates, this presidential race has gotten off to a very, very ugly start. It seems now fashionable to bash Latinos no matter who they are, and Trump has hijacked the political arena with extremist ideas that can only be called frightening. Could this drag the other Republican candidates into equally extremist ideas? It already is doing so—Republican candidate Jeb Bush has done a complete flip-flop on the issue of the 14th Amendment, and is now blaming Asian residents for using their children born in the United States as “anchor babies.” I can only hope that the Trump phenomenon will burn itself out, and that most Americans will pick candidates who are more sensible. My fear is that this may not happen.

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