Over the last week, we’ve been reporting on the controversy surrounding the comments Donald Trump made about Mexico during his campaign announcement last week.
In his speech, Trump slammed the U.S.’s relationship with Mexico, saying it has become a huge problem. He also said that too many criminals are coming into this country illegally from Mexico, and called many of them “rapists.”
Outraged by his comments, the Spanish-language television station Univision immediately announced that they would not be broadcasting Trump’s Miss Universe pageant this summer. Days later, NBC followed suit by ending their relationship with Trump, which they had built for over a decade.
Last Tuesday, the hosts of the Miss USA competition both abruptly quit, leaving the July 12 pageant without a host. Mexico also dropped out of the Miss Universe pageant as a boycott of Trump and his comments.
It wasn’t all bad news for Trump, however. The Miss USA pageant was picked up by the channel Reelz, and by the end of the week Trump was second in the GOP polls.
Despite these victories, liberals are still demanding that Trump apologize, but the mogul has made it clear that he isn’t about to back down anytime soon.
“I can’t apologize for the truth,” Trump told Fox News host Howard Kurtz. “I don’t have to say that. Look, the Mexican border is a sieve.”
“People are pouring into our country,” the mogul continued, according to Conservative Tribune. “We don’t know who they are, where they are. They come from all over the world, not just Mexicans.”
Trump also clarified that his problems is not with Mexicans: it’s with illegal immigrants.
“I employ thousands of Mexicans. I’ve employed over the years many thousands of Mexicans. I love the Mexican people,” Trump said. “They’re fantastic. Everybody knows that. In terms of the border, it’s a disgrace. Either we have a border, or we don’t have a country.”
“You can’t have a country without borders,” he added. “People are coming in and some of those people — I read it even yesterday there was a huge article about the tremendous crime that’s taking place. It’s like a crime wave. One of the most dangerous places on earth. And I bring that up [and] all of a sudden I’m a bad person.”
He then pointed to a statistic released by a Univision-owned magazine that stated that 80% of women who attempt a border crossing are raped in the process.
“I don’t mind apologizing for things,” Trump concluded. “I can’t apologize for the truth. I said tremendous crime is coming across. Everybody knows that’s true. It’s happening all the time. When I mention crime, I’m a racist? I’m not a racist. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
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