Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking in Kansas City on Monday
Thanks to seemingly incessant blanket coverage, both locally and nationally, the three leading candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination spoke to the nation’s largest Latino advocacy group, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) on Monday at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.
That advocacy group of course being La Raza.
The most prominent item on the agenda, naturally, was the derision of America’s favorite bombastic billionaire, Donald J. Trump.
Candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley all attacked Trump, by name, for his comments suggesting some immigrants are killers and rapists. All three spoke to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza.
“An outrage,” Sanders said. “Hate-spewing,” O’Malley claimed. “Appalling,” Clinton chimed in. “I have just one word for Mr. Trump,” she said. “Basta. Enough.”
Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaking in Kansas City on Monday
Unsurprisingly, their collective criticism drew loud applause from conference attendees. The group’s leadership having soundly denounced Trump’s statements regarding illegal immigration over the weekend. In addition, the candidates also sought to capitalize on Trump’s remarks by linking them with other Republican presidential hopefuls.
“Why did it take weeks for most of you to speak out?” Clinton asked, referring to her potential Republican opponents.
O’Malley also chimed in. “The real problem isn’t that the Republicans have such a hate-spewing character running for president,” he said. “The real problem is it’s so hard telling him apart from the other candidates.”
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley also spoke Monday
Despite those charges of inaction, several Republican candidates have indeed urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric, despite a Monmouth University poll published Monday showed the businessman at 13 percent among Republican voters, up from just two percent in June.
In response, Trump took to Twitter, emphasizing the recent prison escape of a Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. “When will people, and the media, start to apologize to me for my statement, ‘Mexico is sending….’, which turned out to be true?” he wrote.
No Republican candidates spoke in person at the La Raza convention. A party spokesman said the candidates avoided the group because its policy priorities are too liberal.
In addition, the mainstream media, select members of Congress, and even La Raza members themselves equate the NCLR as nothing more than a ‘National Hispanic Rotary Club’.
But the NCLR is really cashing in; raking in millions of dollars in federal grants each year, undisclosed amounts of which were marked for “housing reform” and get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions.
All of this is done of course while La Raza continues to lobby the Senate for virtual open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.
While Mr. Trump’s bombast and verbal brutality draw criticism (and rightfully so). One must ask why, exactly, one man can draw the ire of not only the progressive left, but fellow Republican presidential hopefuls as well.
It’s in our estimation that Mr. Trump’s critics simply can’t stand him, nor the attention he receives, for one reason.
He speaks his mind.
Trump isn’t a slave to public opinion polls. He speaks freely…and often…which in essence provides him the ultimate freedom of never having to lie….a concept that Secretary Clinton may never able able to fully wrap her head around.
While we do feel that Mr. Trump’s candidacy would be done many favors by simply playing the political….or more accurately…the politically correct game.
That path, would be simply more of the same…if not blatant pandering in the name of political expediency. Doing and saying anything in order to win votes. A concept Secretary Clinton is intimately familiar with.
So here’s to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall hosting another excellent national convention…and to Mr. Trump…who has the academic, elite, and political establishment bristling at every word.
When this many politicians are angry with you…you surly must be doing something right.
24th State Solutions