will 2016 bring about the gop's extinction event? donald trump's catastrophic impact on the republican party
Trump's attacks on Latinos & Immigrants
Mexican immigrants (June 2015):
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re [...] sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
... and again in July:
"The worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”
Latin American and Middle Eastern immigrants (June 2015):
"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— 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. "
All immigrants (Sept. 2015):
"We are a dumping ground for the rest of the world."
About Jeb Bush's wife (who is an American citizen from Mexico), in a July tweet he later deleted:
"#JebBush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife."
Hearing that two of his supporters beat a homeless Mexican man with an iron pipe until he was senseless, then urinated on him, saying "Donald Trump was right" (Aug. 2015):
"I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country, they want this country to be great again."
Repealing 14th Amendment citizenship for those born on U.S. soil to undocumented parents (policy paper on his website):
“End birthright citizenship [...] 'no sane country' would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.”
Reinstating "Operation Wetback," which is described by historians as having subjected deportees to inhumane treatment (Nov. 2015):
"Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower. Good president. Great president. People liked him. I liked him. I Like Ike, right? The expression, 'I like Ike.' Moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country. Moved them just beyond the border, they came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn't like it. Moved 'em waaaay south, they never came back. Dwight Eisenhower. You don't get nicer, you don't get friendlier. They moved 1.5 million people out. We have no choice. We. Have. No. Choice."
He's impugned Muslims
Upon hearing President Obama say we'll accept 10,000 Syrian refugees:
"When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases. And we have no choice. We have no idea who’s being sent in here. This could be the — it’s probably not, but it could be the great Trojan horse of all time, where they come in."
On warrantless searches and surveillance of mosques in the U.S. (Nov. 2015):
"We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule."
Repeating discredited claims that U.S. Muslims celebrated 9/11 (Nov. 2015):
"There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And that tells you something."
He's smeared African americans
On the "criminality" of Blacks and Latinos (June 2015):
"Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed."
On hearing that his supporters punched and kicked a man wearing a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt who was allegedly heckling him at one of his rallies (Nov. 2015):
"I don't know. Rough up? Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. I have lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble."
Stoking racist fears about crime with false stats from a non-existent agency, the "Crime Statistics Bureau - San Francisco" (Nov. 2015):
(The real stats, compiled by the FBI, are: Blacks killed by whites - 8%; whites killed by whites - 82%; whites killed by Blacks - 15%.)
... antagonized Women
On journalist Megyn Kelly (Aug. 2015):
"She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."
On presidential candidate Carly Fiorina (Sept. 2015):
"Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"
... offended powS
On Sen. John McCain (July 2015):
"He's not a war hero [...] I like people that weren't captured, OK?"
... insulted asians
In August, Trump used broken English to impersonate Asians negotiating a deal:
"When these people walk into the room, they don't say, 'Oh hello, how's the weather? It's so beautiful outside [...] They say, 'We want deal!'"
... AND mocked the disabled
And most recently, Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with arthrogryposis (a congenital joint condition), at a rally by doing an unconscionable "impression" of him: