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DUMP TRUMP: Good Americans see through billionaire bully's racist rhetoric

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Donald Trump's antics exposing dark side of GOP.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It is both sad and disturbing when a leading Republican Party presidential candidate – billionaire buffoon Donald Trump – can gain traction in the polls with crude and odious comments about the nation of Mexico and immigrants coming here from that country.

The race-baiting Trump bellowed earlier this week about disease-ridden criminals, rapists and drug smugglers – “the worst elements of Mexico” - who are coming to the United States to simply work and build a life.

And while Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus rolls his eyes and tries to get Trump to tone things down, listening to local talk radio this week, callers with a fascistic and Tea Party bent were rabidly echoing and agreeing with the Donald on the “evil” immigrants and what they see as a lax immigration policy.

National pundits like the nightmarish xenophobe Ann Coulter praised Trump's "tough talk," saying he's acting less like a businessman and more like "an American." Which America is Coulter talking about? The America that tunes into Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity every damn day. 

But the conservative radio jocks are signing their party's death warrant with each racist, nativist and demagogic statement that sinks into the brains of listeners - including Trump - day after day.

Priebus and the GOP establishment know full-well that they have to attract Hispanics to the party or face the inevitable decline. That is unless Hispanic-voter-friendly candidates like Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush are able to get a surge and allow Latino voters a second look.

For now, however, Trump’s “bull-in-a-china-shop” entrance into the race is setting the tone and terms of the race on the GOP side of the field, “to the Democrats’ great delight.”

The nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center, according to the Los Angeles Times, recently noted that Latinos accounted for 10 percent of the vote in the last presidential race and that they are “expected to account for nearly half of the growth in the eligible electorate between now and 2030.”

Unfortunately, there is a common public perception that crime is correlated with immigration, especially illegal immigration. But, as has been noted in the media recently, “that is a misperception” with no solid data to support it.”

Speaking to The Washington Post this week, Marc Rosenblum, with the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute said immigrants in general – and unauthorized immigrants in particular – “(A)re a self-selected group who generally come to the U.S. to work. And once they’re here, most of them want to keep their nose down and do their business, and they’re sensitive to the fact that they’re vulnerable.”

That same newspaper recently visited a Washington, D.C. construction site – not far from the White House – where a Trump-owned hotel was being built. The Post reporters talked to the workers there – predominantly consisting of immigrants from Mexico and Central America – and some of them had choice comments about Trump and his racist statements.

“Do you think that when we’re hanging out there from the eighth floor that we’re raping or selling drugs?” asked 48-year-old Ramon Alvarez, a Salvadoran window framer. “We’re risking our lives and our health. A lot of the chemicals we deal with are toxic.”

Other immigrant workers who spoke to the Post said they had been working in the United States for years and had made a good life for himself, buying a home in a Maryland suburb.

Indeed. Workers like Alvarez and others at the Trump construction site come here to work and make a life. They have needed skills in our economy. Trump should know that – and he likely does. But for whatever reason, Trump is appealing to a reactionary base of voters who know things are looking pretty grim on the economic front. But the U.S. ruling class of the Trump variety - who exploit workers from south of the border, while reaping vast profits - are to blame for that situation, not immigrants working construction or the service industry. 

And like Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Trump ("tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border") is trying to instill fear and hatred of immigrants “in order to divide the working class and pit American-born workers against their foreign born brothers and sisters,” as sagely noted this week. Appealing to xenophobic, older white males is still the Republican Party's bread and butter, if the Trump surge is any indication.

At the same time, the floundering field of GOP presidential candidates appear dazed and confused as they march onward. Trump is sucking all the air out of the room with his nativist bullying and the rest of the field doesn't seem sure where to go next, as their base seems to embrace a lot of what Trump is saying. The ugly and boorish face of the GOP has a bad comb over - and the base loves it! This is like John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" on steroids.

And one can only imagine that Democrats are rubbing their hands in glee at that development, although not necessarily Hillary Clinton, as socialist underdog Bernie Sanders packs 'em into arenas while an aloof Hillary ropes off journalists. I smell "upset."

Stay tuned.

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