‘Donald Trump Does Not Represent The Republican Party’ – Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to be criticized for his recent derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, this time from two contenders for the 2016 GOP nomination.
Rick Perry and Florida Governor Jeb Bush said Trump’s comments were highly insulting. Bush said he was offended by the business tycoon’s remarks, which he said do not belong to the Republican thought. Perry, who has led Texas over the years and is thereby familiar with Mexico, said he condemned Trump referring to Mexicans as “rapists.”
According to ABC News, Perry said Trump does not understand “the challenge” of the work that’s been done to strengthen the US-Mexico border.
Perry said, “The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. I was offended by his remarks. He’s going to have to defend those remarks. I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
In his speech announcing his candidacy for presidency last month, Trump had expressed his desire of building a wall along the border in an attempt to prevent Mexican “rapists” and criminals from entering the US.
Trump had said, “They are bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they are rapists. And some are good people.”
Following Trump’s comments, Univision and NBC Universal announced that they will end their ties with the billionaire real estate developer and not air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump subsequently sued Univision for $500 million for breaching the contract.
Perry said, “Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary people, citizens of our country and of our state. To paint with that broad a brush that Donald Trump did … he’s going to have to defend those remarks. I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
According to Yahoo News, Bush said Saturday that Trump’s comments were reprehensible.
“His views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Bush said. “No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders — everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily ugly kinds of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”
When asked whether Bush, whose wife was born in Mexico, was personally affected by Trump’s comments, Bush said, “Yeah, of course. Absolutely. And a lot of other people as well.
“However, In spite of earlier criticism from Bush and other Republicans and companies moving to cut business ties to Trump, the real estate mogul has continued to defend his remarks.”
On Sunday, Trump responded to the heat of criticisms he received from Bush and Perry in a series of tweets.
Trump defended his statements, saying, “Jeb Bush once again proves that he is out of touch with the American people. [Bush] doesn’t understand anything about the border or border security. In fact, Jeb believes illegal immigrants who break our laws when they cross our border come ‘out of love.’”
In an interview with Fox News, he said, “It seems like I’m sort of the whipping post because I bring it up. 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.”
However, Trump has found support in Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who said he agrees with Trump’s concerns.
In an interview aired on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cruz said, “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration. The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”
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