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Trump Takes on Mexican Government in Latest Comments on Immigrants

Kathleen Hennessey - The Los Angeles Times
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July 7, 2015
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Mexican Laborer Responds to Donald Trump's Bigoted Comments ( Rafael Rivero)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clarified his campaign launch speech in which he accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, saying Monday that he blamed the Mexican government, not the “fabulous” Mexican people, for sending criminals across the border.

In a three-page statement, Trump offered no evidence to bolster his claim. He pointed to a recent killing in San Francisco in which a man in the country illegally is accused of shooting a woman as evidence that “the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”

Trump’s initial remarks last month led several corporations to cut ties with the real estate and entertainment mogul, while his fellow Republicans were forced to comment on whether they agreed with his assessment. Trump is a leading candidate for the GOP nomination in some national polls.

The controversy was beginning to subside Monday when Trump’s campaign circulated the new statement. The document reads like dictation from the candidate, including several provocative and boastful assertions.

Read the rest at The Los Angeles Times

Related: Read Donald Trump’s 900-Word Statement on His Mexico Comments (Bloomberg)

Related: Divided Mexico Unites Against Donald Trump (The Guardian)

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