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  • CBS News Report: Hispanic Leaders Advising Trump “Disgusted” After His Immigration Speech

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    CBS News reported that several Hispanic advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign felt “disgusted” by Trump’s hardline immigration speech in Arizona, noting that “some of these individuals resign[ed]” and that “they felt all of their work that they’ve done to this point was all for naught and that the campaign was sincerely not listening.”

    Faced with dismal polling numbers among Latino voters, Trump and his campaign suggested that there could be a “softening” on Trump’s immigration position. The campaign convened a National Hispanic Advisory Council that met with Trump on August 20, and on the August 24 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Trump said, “there certainly could be a softening” of his immigration policy.

    After Trump delivered the highly anticipated speech in which he solidified his extreme, hardline stance on immigration, media widely concluded that he had offered a “repackaged version of [his] standard stump lines” and that the term "pivot" should "be put in a lock box" when talking about Trump. MSNBC’s Ari Melber wrote that former Trump adviser Jacob Monty referred to Trump’s campaign as “a media play,” and Politico reported that other Trump surrogates -- including Alfonso Aguilar and Pastor Ramiro Pena -- were also reconsidering their support following the speech. According to Pena, "The 'National Hispanic Advisory Council' seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam."

    On September 1, CBS News live stream contributor Leslie Sanchez reported that “several individuals” from Trump’s council of Hispanic advisers described the August 31 speech as “horrible” “dishonest” and “tone-deaf.” Sanchez reported that the advisers felt “disgusted” about Trump’s tone and his indication that Mexico would pay for the wall when “hours prior he had been on stage with [Enrique] Peña Nieto, the Mexican president saying ‘we didn’t get into the dynamics of who would pay for the wall’.” Sanchez added that, “As one reported to me, he said “it’s as if they went with the hardliners who were always in Trump’s ear and ignored everything we just said.”

    From the September 1 CBS News Live Stream:

  • Even The Media Is Getting Sick Of The Trump “Pivot” Narrative


    Following Donald Trump’s heavily anticipated immigration speech, media figures have finally concluded that there will be no so-called “pivot” from the Republican presidential nominee. They are urging people to never “speak of Donald Trump pivoting ever, ever again” and claiming that talk of a Trump pivot needs to “be put in a lockbox.”

  • Right-Wing Radio Host Howie Carr Defends Trump Immigration Plan With 30 Minutes Of Racism

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    Boston Herald columnist and syndicated radio host Howie Carr spent the first 30 minutes of his August 31 radio show using anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim rhetoric to defend Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico and his proposed immigration policies. Carr, who has backed Trump throughout his campaign, also used anti-immigrant slurs such as “illegal alien” and “anchor baby” and said Mexican immigrants are “undesirables” who don’t work.

  • Según Los Medios, El Discurso De Trump Sobre Inmigración Fue Tan Extremista Como Siempre

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    Se especulaba que presentaría una postura suavizada, pero el candidato presidencial Republicano Donald Trump recitó en Arizona un discurso sobre inmigración que los medios calificaron de tan “extremista” como siempre.

    Después de “semanas de confusión” y ambigüedad en cuanto a los planes concretos que conforman su política de inmigración, Trump dejó claro el 31 de agosto que “su propuesta migratoria no tuvo nada nuevo de los planteamientos que había mencionado desde el inicio de su campaña”. Dio el mismo discurso "aterrador al máximo” como en su aceptación de la nominación durante la Convención Nacional Republicana, que para los latinos en los medios sonó “desagradable” y “apocalíptica”.

    Los medios de comunicación describieron el tan esperado discurso de Trump como una “versión reempacada de las líneas típicas” que ha venido repitiendo. Hicieron notar que se presentó como “el viejo Trump”, pues reiteró sus políticas migratorias extremas que incluyen un muro en la frontera pagado por México y la deportación de los inmigrantes indocumentados, visiones que comparte con su sheriff favorito, “la desgracia nacional” Joe Arpaio.

    Sin embargo, el discurso fue celebrado y bien recibido por parte del ala más extrema de la derecha: los medios de nacionalismo blanco y supremacía racial. Jared Taylor, quien tiene a su cargo la publicación del medio nacionalista American Renaissance, celebró en su cuenta de Twitter, mientras que David Duke -- ex líder del Ku Klux Klan -- lo calificó de “excelente”. Los medios de supremacía racial tienen una tendencia comprobada de explotar la presencia de inmigrantes en el país para justificar expresiones de violencia racial.

    Según Politico, el discurso migratorio de “línea dura” causó que varios de los representantes hispanos de Trump reconsideraran su apoyo al candidato. Además de ellos, por lo menos la mitad de los miembros de su junta de consejeros hispanos están preparándose para presentar su renuncia:

  • Watch The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Call Trump A "Clown" On MSNBC

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    From the September 1 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe

    JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): What did the chamber -- what's the chamber position? Have you all figured out -- and I'm being dead serious here -- what exactly he said yesterday. The totality of yesterday. I'm not even trying to be funny. What is his position?

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): There is no position.

    SCARBOROUGH: Because he seems to be trying to have it all. Throws the red meat out while he suggests that perhaps he's not going to deport families that have been here for ten years. What did you all take out of yesterday's events? And what exactly is Donald Trump's position because The [New YorkTimes and other publications can't quite figure it out?

    JAVIER PALOMAREZ: Well, therein lies the quandary that he has painted himself into this box. He's damned if he does, he's damned if he doesn't. He had to come back out and really kind of fire up his base. But the reality of it is, he hasn't done anything to help himself in terms of growing the number. And so I think he's done for with the Hispanic community. He's never going to see the White House if he doesn't get a significant portion of the Hispanic vote. I don't know if you guys speak Spanish but I want you to remember this one word, payaso.

    SCARBOROUGH: I was just saying that literally a second a go.


    PALOMAREZ: It means clown. You know, this guy is a complete clown. I'm really sad for the American people and for the Republican party. They had an opportunity to put John Kasich, you know, front and center. Instead, they ended up with this payaso. And it's a complete waste of time, it is a complete waste of time. We need to get on with it already. The nation has got other things to worry about. Immigration reform is a monster that he created so he could slay it at the end of the day. It's not going to change things for this nation as we move forward here. We've got to deal with a broken immigration system, obviously. But it's got  to be done in a strategic fashion that makes sense on a going forward basis to fire up people and get this kind of hate filled, you know, this movement of hatred. It doesn't solve anything. 


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  • Watch MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Refuse To Cover Ann Coulter’s Praise For Trump’s Immigration Speech

    Brzezinski: I Won’t Use That Name Because “People Like That Have No Place In The Mainstream Conversation” 

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    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski slammed conservative commentator and Donald Trump supporter, Ann Coulter, refusing to say her name on the September 1 edition of Morning Joe after Coulter praised Trump’s widely condemned immigration speech as “the most magnificent speech ever given.” Coulter is a long time Trump supporter with a well established history of anti-immigration sentiment. Brzezinski slammed Coulter for running a business “fueled on hate speech and hurting people,” and refused to even say Coulter’s name on-air, asserting “people like that have no place in the mainstream conversation.” From the September 1 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

    JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): He does this all the time, he plays to the 40 percent, plays to the 41, 42 percent. And then he decides he's going to expand his base. He's done it on guns, --

    NICOLLE WALLACE: But he’s lying.

    SCARBOROUGH: He’s done it on immigration, he’s done it onall these other issues. And he will go out and then he gets criticized and then immediately he doesn't have the courage to stay up and then he immediately runs back in.

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): And if I could just say Alex wanted me to read a story and Alex, I will paraphrase it without using the name. And that is a person who basically runs a business for herself fueled on hate speech and hurting people. And is a huge supporter of Donald Trump. Loved the speech. It says it all. But a great leader in the media once mentioned to us, actually, not to ever mention this person's name because people like that have no place, no place in the mainstream conversation.

    SCARBOROUGH: So, he's got --

    BRZEZINSKI: They are hurting America.

    SCARBOROUGH: He's got his hardcore 40 percent supporting him.

    BRZEZINSKI: And people like that.

    SCARBOROUGH: But he's offended, again, he's offended some of his Hispanic supporters. The few that dared stick their neck out for him. And the college educated voters that have been staying away from him.