Donald Trump samlet 4.500 mennesker i Phoenix Conference Center lørdag. Stemningen var høy. Trump la ikke bånd på seg. – Overraskende intenst, skrev USA Today.
Han ligger nå jevnt med Jeb Bush på meningsmålingene.
Mediene har forsøkt å stanse Trump fordi han går utenfor de usynlige streker for hva man får si om ulovlig innvandring og kriminalitet. Men Trump har ikke gjort som forventet: Han har ikke lagt seg flat. Han sier han har intet å beklage eller unnskylde. Og han stiger på meningsmålingene. Det gjør mediene usikre og forvirrede. Det blir ikke like lett å angripe ham.
«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, one of 14 declared GOP presidential hopefuls, has claimed repeatedly that the Mexican government is deliberately sending criminals to the United States, and has vowed to build a border fence and force Mexico to pay for the construction.
On Saturday, Trump said that as president he would charge Mexico $100,000 for every undocumented immigrant who crossed the border. And after the speech, he told reporters, without elaborating, that he believes «without question» that Mexican officials are complicit in sending undesirable immigrants to this country.
Trump kommuniserer med velgerne. Folk hører at han ikke mener det så negativt som mediene forsøker å fremstille det som. Trump ser ut til å ha bestemt seg for å gjøre en folkelig stil til sitt varemerke.
«I wonder if the Mexican government sent them over here. I think so,» Trump said to applause. «Because I’m telling you. I tell about the bad deals that this country is making. Mexico — I respect the country — 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 repeatedly blamed a «dishonest» media that he said took his previous remarks out of context. Trump has drawn heat for saying 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.
«I will win the Latino vote,» Trump said. «I have employed tens of thousands of Latinos over the years. I employ many, many Latinos right now. They love me. I love them. They’re fantastic people. But they come to the country legally.»