05 Oct ARE MEXICANS RAPISTS ACCORDING TO TRUMP?
Let me begin by saying that I am not a Trump fan (sorry to my Trump-fan friends, family, and followers). I do however, prefer reasonable discourse to misrepresented slander. With that said, I want to address something that I keep hearing repeated over and over and over and over (and that was just in the first VP debate): “Donald Trump thinks Mexicans are rapists.”
Here are some examples of similar statements that have come from the media:
The New York Times: “Trump’s claim that illegal Mexican immigrants are ‘rapists.”
Time Magazine: “Trump’s comment that Mexican immigrants are ‘rapists.’”
Associated Press: “Trump called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals”
CBS News: “Trump defends calling Mexican immigrants ‘rapists.’”
L.A. Times: “describing Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists.’”
Fortune: “in a speech branding Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.”
Hollywood Reporter: “he referred to Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists.’”
Huffington Post: “He called Latino immigrants ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists.’”
The Washington Post: “He referred to Mexicans as “rapists.”*
All of these statements seem to imply that Trump feels all Mexicans or all immigrants or all Latinos are rapists. However here is what Trump really said:
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. […] When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you; they’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting.”
Clarifying this statement, Trump stated: “What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”
So what did he really say? Some of the people coming over are criminals, some are rapists. Trump seems to think that the Mexican government is intentionally “forcing their most unwanted people into the US.” He also said that he assumes some are good people.
You don’t have to like his comments and you don’t have to agree with them, but it becomes very clear that what Trump actually said, and what he is being repeatedly and forcefully accused of saying are not the same thing. The media(and Kaine last night) repeatedly ignore the “good people” portion of the statement as well as the limiting elements of the statement. This is a strawman argument – his opponents are setting up false representations of his statements and attacking those misrepresentations rather than Trump. Here’s the thing, if Trump really is that bad of a guy (he may indeed be – I can’t do justice to that conversation here) why do you need to go around making up lies to attack him? Surely he has given enough legitimate ammo to attack what he has really done.
I’m not telling you who to vote for here. All I want is a little intellectual honesty in these discussions. Pence should have addressed this instead of just generically denying the statements (though to be fair Kaine made so many similar comments there would be no way to address them all in such a short time). With that said, I’ll try to take a look at some of the other common claims levied against Trump – spoiler alert some are legitimate – others are not. (UP NEXT: ARE BLACKS LIVING IN HELL ACCORDING TO TRUMP?). Subscribe to make sure you catch the rest of the discussion.
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*Thanks to Salon for the stats: http://www.salon.com/2015/12/21/the_media_needs_to_stop_telling_this_lie_about_donald_trump_im_a_sanders_supporter_and_value_honesty/