When Donald Trump announced that he was running for president yesterday, he slammed Mexico and some Mexican immigrants.
According to The Washington Post, Trump said:
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 and it only makes common sense.
In response, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, the Interior Minister of Mexico, told reporters in Mexico City: "The remarks by Donald Trump seem prejudicial and absurd," noted The Telegraph.
MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt asked Trump about his controversial statement later in the day, noted Mediaite.com (video below).
Well, you have rapists. They’re sending us not their finest people. They're sending us people, and it’s people from other than Mexico also. We have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers. Why you think they're gonna send us, I mean it’s common sense, do you think they’re going to send us their best people, their finest people? The answer is no.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted today that Trump's campaign paid actors $50 each to show up for his presidential announcement on Tuesday. The Hollywood Reporter published an email from Extra Mile Casting in New York City to back up their story, but the casting company would only say: "We don't know anything about that."
Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski denied that people were paid to attend the event, and told The Hollywood Reporter:
Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker. The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trump's message is, "Make America great again."