Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric regarding the Latino community has drawn criticism ever since he kicked off his campaign by saying Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals. The number of prominent public figures who have spoken out against Trump is too long to list, and now there’s another being added to the list. Boston Red Sox designated hitter, David Ortiz, gave an interview with USA Today where he discussed a wide-range of topics including his thoughts on Trump.
Ortiz made it clear that he isn’t very knowledgeable about politics and normally doesn’t make public comments about the topic. However, he felt he had to speak out against Trump, calling his comments a “slap in the face” to the Latino community.
‘When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face. I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. As Latin people, we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.’
Oritiz went on to criticize Trump for his remarks and warned that such comments would cost him the election.
‘Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.’
It’s possible that Trump himself is starting to realize he can’t win without some support among the Latino community, because he’s recently attempted to make some amends such as his recent trip to Mexico. Unfortunately for Trump, that trip did not go well, as he ended up in a Twitter argument with Mexico’s president.
One area in which Trump does appear to be making a turn is the area of amnesty. The GOP nominee has not backed down from his citizenship and insists that anyone who wants full citizenship will have to return to their own countries and get in line. However, he has recently said that he would not rule out a path to legal residency for immigrants who are already living here.
Unfortunately for the GOP, it appears that most in the Latino community consider Trump’s more open stance to be too little, too late. A 2015 survey showed that the GOP nominee would need 40 percent of the Latino vote to win the White House, and Trump isn’t even close. A recent poll shows him only earning 19 percent of the Latino vote. By contrast, Mitt Romney, a much less polarizing figure, earned 23 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.
As Oritiz himself pointed out, he isn’t well versed in politics, so it’s likely that his comments will have little impact on voters. However, they do serve to illustrate a growing sentiment among many voters that Trump doesn’t represent them.
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