The backlash continues against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his “colorful” remarks about Mexico and the crime and immigration problem that it facilitates across the U.S. southern border, as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney have all joined in on the anti-Trump political dog pile.
Romney jabbed at Trump, saying that his remarks were a “severe error,” while Jeb Bush says he took them personal (his wife Columba is Mexican), threw a hail-maker at Trump, saying that he does not represent the Republican Party.
“No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders — everybody has a belief that we should control our borders,” he said. “But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”-Jeb Bush
Trump delivered a 1-2 punch combination to both Bush and Romney.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2015
Why would Republican candidates want the support of Mitt Romney. He lost an election against Obama that should NEVER have been lost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2015
My parents were born and raised in Colombia. I don’t take offense to Trump’s comments. Why? Because Trump is right, as I wrote earlier. Rubio went after a knockout blow to Trump, calling his comments “offensive and inaccurate,” adding that they were also “divisive.”
“Trump’s comments are not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,” Rubio said. “Our next president needs to be someone who brings Americans together – not someone who continues to divide. Our broken immigration system is something that needs to be solved, and comments like this move us further from – not closer to – a solution. We need leaders who offer serious solutions to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system.”-Marco Rubio
As expected, Trump delivered this body blow to Rubio’s immigration position:
.@marcorubio what do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can't secure our border? Stand up for US
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Both Bush and Rubio are wrong, and Trump’s initial comments (crude as they were) were accurate.
While Mexico is not directly sending “rapists” and “killers, the corrupt Mexican government and its military is facilitating the passage of human trafficking, drugs, and radical Islamists through its country, and on passed the U.S. southern border.
Here is what Mitt Romney said on Spanish-language TV network during his 2012 presidential campaign:
I’d tell him that this is a problem that we share, that this is not Mexico’s problem. We have a responsibility in this country to reduce drug usage. The fact that there is a drug world, narco-crime and terrorism, and that these cartels are terrorizing the people of Mexico, and some of that violence spills over our border. –Mitt Romney
Even Romney himself acknowledged these threats back in 2012.
Because Bush and Rubio know very well about the imminent threats against the U.S. exists along the U.S. southern border down in Mexico, I find it very hard to understand why these two Republican presidential candidates have come out with guns blazing (not the Fast & Furious ones) against Trump.
Assuming that Jeb Bush is close to his big brother, President George W. Bush, then it is fair to assume that Jeb would know that his brother poured billions of dollars into Mexico to help fight the drug cartels and their raging war, as well keep other terrorists from threatening the U.S. from Mexico.
Rubio should also know better, after all, he is a one of the leading proponents against human trafficking. Rubio believes that human trafficking originates in many Latin American countries, and has applauded legislation aimed at defeating this epidemic here in the U.S. and at ” its roots by supporting international efforts to tackle the sources of trafficking.”
Oh, and let’s not forget that Rubio co-sponsored the controversial 2013 Senate immigration reform bill that in large part focused on border security.
Rubio’s bill was written in part to tackling the growing drug and terrorist threats that are originating in Mexico, and not just to address the illegal immigration problem.
Why else would Section 5 of the bill call for an huge increase in border patrol officers, portable contraband detectors, radiation isotope identification devices, personal radar detectors, thermal imaging systems, vapar radar systems, and more Blackhawk helicopters, as well as more marine vessels?
Do you think that all of these assets were only going to be used to track and prevent Juan and Julio from crossing the U.S. southern border and finding employment?
I think not.
Like I said, Rubio is well aware of the threats originating against the U.S. from Mexico, and has even acknowledged them as far back as 2010, when he was asked about the then-Arizona immigration bill.
Understand that what Arizona is facing is different from anything Florida has ever faced. Arizona has a physical border with Mexico. And there is kidnappings, human trafficking and drug wars coming across that border into an American city. Frankly, very few states in the country can imagine what that’s like.-Marco Rubio
Just last year, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Rubio if he thought that the radical Islamist terror group ISIS “would use the southern border to cross,” prompting Rubio to answer, “Sure potentially.”
“But it’s not just ISIS,” Rubio added. “I mean, there are multiple groups around the world that want to strike us. I mean, we forget, with all this focus on ISIL, and rightfully so, that there are multiple other groups that are plotting the exact same things. There’s a new al Qaeda affiliate in the Indian peninsula. … There’s al Nusra. There’s all sorts of elements in Pakistan that are extremely dangerous, as well.”-The Hill
So, with Rubio, Bush and Romney all making Trump’s immigration case, could their reason for opposing “The Donald” be purely political?
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. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. -Donald Trump
Recent 2016 Republican presidential polls have Trump besting Rubio, and coming in second to Bush. Ted Cruz, another Republican presidential candidate, supports Trump.