Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans during his speech announcing his bid for the Republican presidential candidacy has cost him the business of NBC, Univision and Macy’s, but one Latino leader said he believes the comments could have an upside.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Trump said during his speech: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. ... 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.”
Arturo Carmona, the executive director of Latino advocacy group Presente Action, told Think Progress that Trump’s remarks “should have no place in the American political dialogue of today.”
However, he added, “In a way, it’s good that we have somebody that’s actually speaking the truth like Donald Trump about what’s really motivating many of these [anti-immigrant] policies. I’d rather have somebody like Trump be honest about what the motivations are than have the GOP and Congress hiding behind political rhetoric, but at the same time, passing policies that are criminalizing immigrants and trying to take away executive action protections.”
Carmona said some Republicans would try to distance themselves from Trump, but he said it wouldn’t be enough. “[Trump’s remarks] show powerful racist undercurrents that are connected with very important sectors of the GOP and the Republican party,” he said.