To borrow a line from an old movie, Donald Trump’s mouth is writing checks his ass can’t cash. In an interview with NBC, he actually said that if he wins the Republican nomination, he would win the Latino vote in the general election. This is about as likely as me winning the Boston Marathon.
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Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes he will win the Latino vote, slamming Hillary Clinton for promoting what he called an immigration policy that would “let everybody come in… killers, criminals, drug dealers.”
“I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me – look at the job in Washington – I have many legal immigrants working with me. And many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them,” the 2016 GOP contender said in an interview with NBC News. “And I’ll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote.”
Trump said that “there’s nothing to apologize for” in relation to his controversial comments about Mexico, arguing that he’ll win the support of Latinos because of his record creating jobs.
“Hillary Clinton is not going to be able to create jobs, I will tell you right now,” he said. “Neither is Jeb Bush going to be able to create jobs. I will create jobs and the Latinos will have jobs that they don’t have right now. And I will win that vote.”
Can he actually believe that? I think he actually can. This is what happens when you surround yourself with nothing but yes men, people who grovel at your feet and tell you that everything you say or do is brilliant. You become so disconnected from reality that you live in a fantasy world inside your head that has no relationship at all to the real world the rest of us live in.
No Republican presidential candidate has ever won the Latino vote. Ever. The best showing ever was George W. Bush, who got 44%. In 2008, it was 31%. In 2012, it was 27%. And that includes the Cuban vote from South Florida, which has historically skewed heavily Republican. And that trend certainly isn’t going to be changed by a guy who has done nothing but insult Latinos, beginning about 5 minutes after he announced his candidacy.