Latino? Offended? Make sure you vote
such contempt for Donald Trump that every little thing sets them off.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll found the Republican nominee trailing Hillary Clinton
expressed a negative
percent said they view him positively.
The latest little thing to
phrase that Trump used in the last debate in talking about deportations.
“We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out,” Trump said.
Bad hombres. Those two words were all it took to get
Twitter, and Instagram. I don’t see why. If I were to make a list of every insult that
innocuous phrase “bad hombres” wouldn’t even make the
every day in America by both political parties. And yet what gets us up in arms? The zinger “bad hombres.” That’s silly.
the label as a badge of honor. Others are blowing the whole thing out of proportion.
Carolina Moreno, an editor Huffington Post’s journalistic
topics that are considered not interesting or valuable enough by a mostly white editing staff to be put on the
What galled her about the “hombres” crack was that Trump “dared to use my native language and the language to demean undocumented immigrants.” According to Moreno, Trump was trying to “use our own language against us” in a way that amounted to “a corruption of
my mother tongue.”
That’s a bit overdone. I take it Moreno wasn’t overwrought with cultural angst a few years ago when President Obama mistakenly welcomed the White House to celebrate “Cinco de Cuatro.”
My rundown of Trump’s worst affronts would include calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” couldn’t be fair because “he’s a Mexican,” and labeling
Housekeeping.” The fact that Trump used the word “hombres” to describe illegal immigrants with criminal records isn’t in the same league.
more seriously if we were less selective in our outrage, and if we weren’t so quick to cut Democrats so much slack.
In trying to justify mass deportations, Obama has insisted that his priority is to remove “gang-bangers or criminals.” While stumping for an
reference to African-
to them as “the kinds of kids who are called ‘super predators’” and said “we have to bring them to heel.”
Clearly, Democrats can be as offensive and tone-deaf when it comes to race. And we need to call them on it.
But being offended is easy.
got their feelings hurt by something that Trump said or did during this campaign shows up at the polls and votes.
Jan Brewer doesn’t think that will happen. The intensely unlikable former Arizona
law an immigration measure that required local and state law enforcement officers
Clinton would have a tough time winning Arizona on the
because, as Brewer told The get out and vote.”
wrong. This election is too important. How you vote is your business. Write in someone, or vote for a third party. But vote.
The best reason to vote for Clinton is not because you believe that she cares about you or will keep her promises; it’s to stop Trump. And the best reason to vote for Trump is not because you believe that he’ll change a system that made him rich and famous or will keep his promises; it’s to defeat Clinton.
As for me, I remain “Never, Never.” I’ve chosen this path because I see the truth in the meme I read recently that described Trump as representing “everything that is wrong with our culture” and Clinton as embodying “everything that is wrong with our government.” That about covers it.
Ruben Navarette Jr. is a syndicated columnist from the Washington Post. His email is email@example.com.