Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to defend his controversial statements regarding immigrants in an interview over the weekend, adding that he is surprised by all the negative publicity.
In his appearance on Fox News on July 4, Trump used recent examples of violent acts committed by immigrants in the country illegally to reiterate his previous point.
“The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist,” the real estate mogul said. His comments follow the murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle of San Francisco, who was reportedly shot on July 1 by a man who had been deported five times previously, Daily Mail reported.
Trump’s original comments from his presidential announcement on June 16 are still embroiled in controversy nearly three weeks later.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. 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’re telling us what we’re getting,” Trump said during his announcement that he is seeking the presidency.
During the July 4 interview, Trump admitted he did not believe that his comments would reflect on his business deals this negatively.
“I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don’t run for office. I didn’t know it was going to be this severe,” he said, referring to the numerous corporations that have terminated their business relationships with Trump.
NBC and Univision television networks have both decided to not air the Miss USA Pageant, owned by Trump; Macy’s department stores have dropped Trump’s men’s clothing line from all its locations across the country; NASCAR is relocating an annual banquet from its original location at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida; and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reconsidering city contracts with Trump, Fox News reported. In response to NASCAR’s decision, Trump said he was “a whipping post.”
Trump believes violent criminals are coming from all over the world, not just Mexico.
“It’s about safety. Some of the people coming here are very violent people, not all.”
Trump used the murder of Steinle to attack his fellow Republican presidential contenders.
He tweeted at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban American, over the weekend: “What do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can’t secure our border? Stand up for US.”
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