On Saturday, billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered an hour long speech in Phoenix to a packed downtown crowd of both supporters and fierce opponents.
Trump’s speech ranged from speaking about foreign policy to national security, but constantly returned to the hot button topic that he is currently standing on, which is helping him rise significantly in the polls- stopping immigrants who commit violent crimes while being in the US and Arizona illegally.
“I respect Mexico greatly as a country, but the problem we have is that their leaders are much smarter, sharper and more cunning than our leaders,” Trump said. “And they’re killing us at the border.”
Trump not only believes that the Mexican government is allowing undesirable immigrants into the US, but that we should be charging Mexico $100,000 for every undocumented immigrant who crosses the border and who US officials discover living in the United States.
Trump didn’t miss a beat when during his speech a group of protestors started yelling, and as they were led out Trump stated to a laughing, cheering crowd “I wonder if the Mexican government sent them over here. I think so,” He went on to add “Mexico — I respect the country — (but) they’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our manufacturing, they’re taking our money, they’re taking everything, and they’re killing us at the border.”
He added: “Don’t worry, we’ll take our country back.”
Throughout his Phoenix visit, Trump stressed that he loves the Mexican people and their “spirit” and that he respects Mexico. He stated multiple times how he’s employed 1,000s of latinos, and then blamed a “dishonest” media that he said took his previous remarks out of context. He was reported saying previously that many Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the United States and are rapists.
“We have a situation that’s absolutely out of control,” Trump told his 4,200 supporters in a crowd that displayed surprising intensity. “We have incompetent politicians, not only the president. I mean, right here, in your own state, you have John McCain.”
“For some reason, some people don’t get it, and I don’t think they’ll be in office much longer,” Trump said. “We are going to make this country so great again. We are going to work so hard.”
Trump later predicted to reporters that he will win over Latinos because his policies will provide them jobs.