Donald Trump, former leader of the GOP herd of nominee hopefuls, has just tripped up once again. This time, he has backed out of a gathering of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (UHCC) over concerns that his rhetoric would not stand up to the questions he might encounter during the Question and Answer (Q&A) event. According to UHCC, Trump’s campaign actually said the concern that motivated him to forfeit his place at the event was that he would be “put on trial”. While normally candidates will do just about anything to get their message out, this move to hide from anyone that might see right through him may concern some of his would-be-voters, as there is nothing “Presidential” about being afraid to back up what you have said or ducking out of scary events.
In a statement, the UHCC said:
Trump’s decision to forfeit the Q.-and-A.session was motivated by the concern of being ‘put on trial.’ Withdrawing from the Q.-and-A. can only suggest that Trump himself believes his views are indefensible before a Hispanic audience.
His absolute refusal to go ahead with the Q&A does appear to show that he knows that he can not do well at this event. As he is always reminding us, he is a great speaker, negotiator, and builder, but it seems that his weak point is in answering anyone about his stand on the issues. Especially, apparently, Hispanics.
According to the New York Times, Trump did have a positive meeting last month with the President of UHCC, Javier Palomarez, and in an interview on Fox in September, Trump indicated that he was planning to attend the forum and acknowledged that it could be unfriendly. This meeting led to speculation that Trump would be trying to curry favor with the Hispanic community. He was going to try to undo some of the damage his inflammatory commentary about “illegal immigrants” have done to his campaign in the very large Hispanic demographic. Instead, he has decided to skip the hard stuff, because he is too scared to face the music. Never mind that this “music” was of his own composition, he is not going to deal with it and no one is gonna make him, even though he said he would.
It seems that his lack of actually saying anything of substance is starting to catch up with him, he even had to crawl back to FOX News despite his short-lived “boycott.” All we have really heard from him is how great he is, what a great wall he will build (*and make Mexico pay for it!) and that the American Dream is dead. But, he will fix it all and learn what he needs to learn when he gets in office because… well that is just it, the because and the how and the when are obscured in the salesman’s doublespeak that we have come to expect from Donald Trump. People have questions.
If Donald Trump’s no-show style of dealing with hard questions continues we may never know the answers.
Nowhere is Trump’s approval rating lower than with the Hispanic community:
With an 84 percent disapproval rating among Hispanics, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the session only deepens our community’s already negative perceptions of him, said Ammar Campa-Najjar, a spokesman for the chamber.
Donald Trump will be at a sold out event with bigger $$ potential in Las Vegas instead of the Q&A, and says the real reason he is skipping out on the UHCC is that he is mad that mean things were said about him. Having something less difficult and more fun to do wasn’t a deciding factor, right. Won’t this further alienate the Hispanic Vote? Trump, as ever, is not concerned about that though, because he employs thousands of “them” and vowed to win the Hispanic vote in a general election. Delusions of grandeur:
The Hispanics that are here legally, they love Trump, he said. I think I’m going to do great with Hispanics.
Honestly, it seems to me that it is pretty difficult to Make America Great Again if you can’t be bothered to show up for the American people (and small businesses) that you claim to stand for.
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