Republican presidential candidate and TV reality star Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to Mexicans as rapists.
Despite the widespread condemnation of his remarks, Trump told NBC News today how Mexican people "love" him and predicted that he would win their vote in 2016 (video below).
Trump told NBC News:
I have great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me, you can look at the job in Washington. I have many legal immigrants working with me, many of them come from Mexico. They love me. I love them. And I’ll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote. I will win it, because I’m going to create jobs.
Hillary Clinton is not going to be able to create jobs, I will tell you right now, 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.
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Co-Chairman Felix Sanchez told CNN this week:
I don't foresee [Trump] backing away. It might work in Iowa and New Hampshire, but assuming that he were to continue on, he's going to hit a wall of hate when it comes to primaries in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico or Florida.
He's going to be stopped there by Latino voters, no question.