Donald Trump is in a feud. There’s nothing new about that. He Twitter fights in ways that make teenagers tell him to grow up and it happens every single time he’s the least little bit butt hurt, which is all the time.
The latest, though, is a bit more serious than his typical Twitter fight because his statements about Mexican and Central American immigrants were so far beyond offensive that they could be accused of provoking violence.
As a refresher, Trump, during his speech announcing his presidential campaign, said:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. [Applause] Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. 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.
Source: Washington Post
Not only has Trump not apologized, he’s doubled down on the comment, saying:
“Some are good and some are rapists and some are killers. We don’t even know what we’re getting,” Trump said when asked if he regretted his comments at his announcement event in New York last week.
Not surprisingly, the Spanish language cable station Univision is not happy with Trump’s remarks, so they pulled the Miss USA pageant, which Trump partially owns. In retaliation, Trump is, of course suing, but he’s also banning each and every one of Univision’s employees from his properties.
In a letter to Univision’s CEO and president Randy Falco, Trump said, “Please be advised that under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use Trump National Doral, Miami—its golf courses or any of its facilities. Also, please immediately stop work and close the gate which is being constructed between our respective properties. If this is not done within one week, we will close it.”
Even worse, Trump published a photo of a handwritten note from Univision’s Jorge Ramos, an anchor, that allegedly contains Ramos’ phone number.
Not only are these sort of public battles childish, they are potentially dangerous. This is not a man you want negotiating treaties or anything more than making neckties. If he chooses to have one of his temper tantrums toward a world leader, even in his current position as a presidential candidate, it could have serious repercussions.
Featured image via Michael Vadon on Flickr.