An individual with nine billion dollars in self-proclaimed net worth could, theoretically, make the Greek government's outstanding loan payment. That kind of capital, however, can't buy you class, common sense or the ability to keep your own foot out of your mouth. When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in the process of tossing his comb-over into the ring he bullyingly denigrated Mexican immigrants—calling them rapists, criminals and drug dealers.
Maybe Trump considers that foreplay. But he's not getting any love now from the Hispanic community, which would rather beat him with a stick (more on that later).
San Diegan Oscar Munoz took The Donald's gross mischaracterization personally. Munoz, who served as an American Marine in the Vietnam War, posted an open letter to Trump on Facebook. In the post, which went viral, Munoz wrote with pride about his Mexican-born father who toiled in the fields of Arizona.
"There are millions just like me," Munoz wrote. "Off springs of Grand- Fathers- Fathers- Uncles-Brothers-Sisters-Aunts-Mothers who came from Mexico and served this great Nation with Honor."
Active service in the military left Munoz with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he self-published a book titled Hidden Enemy—PTSD: A Puzzle Piece That Does Not Fit. Each Memorial Day, reported by La Prensa San Diego, Munoz honors soldiers that didn't come back from war at the Logan Heights Veterans Memorial at Chicano Park. It's one of two days out of the year, the paper notes, that Munoz downs a shot of tequila, and salutes his brothers in arms at Barrio Logan's Don Diego VFW Post 7420.
"Maybe someday you and me can sit down and compare combat medals," Munoz wrote to Trump. "Oh! Whats that? You never put on uniform of the United States of America. What a shame!"
Other U.S. institutions were also shamed by being associated with Trump, who Bill Maher now calls "The White Kanye." Univision cancelled the Miss USA and Miss Universe telecasts and broke its contract with the Trump Organization, joint owner of those anachronistic events. NBCUniversal also backed out of the partnership.
"We cannot be associated with insulting and intolerant speech that brands an entire community of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. as people who bring drugs, crime and rape into our country," said Univision CEO Randy Falco.
Man, what a historic run of political progress we'd been on. Same-sex marriage became the law of the land. Racism got taken down a peg as the hoary threads of the Confederate flag now fray and snap. Only a xenophobic billionaire who delights in firing people on TV could've competed for air time with those milestones.
There is something surreal about the TV host of Celebrity Apprentice running for residency in the White House. When is Ashton Kutcher going to jump out and giggle to the world that we've been punk'd?
Hillary Clinton called Trump's comments about Mexicans "unacceptable." To date, however, no Republican presidential candidate has taken Trump to task. He's not backing down, and his poll numbers aren't exactly slipping.
Trump's candidacy seemes suited to the plot of The Campaign, a 2012 comedy in which Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakas vie for a seat in Congress. When the incumbent, played by Ferrell, punches a baby and a dog, he dips in the polls behind Galifianakas, the rube challenger.
Ferrell then seduces Galifianakis' wife and releases the encounter as a sex tape, which causes Ferrell's poll numbers to rise. How does Galifianakis gain back the upper hand? He shoots Ferrell in the leg, and his public opinion status climbs six points.
Reel art, real life. It all intersects now in an artist's studio in Reynosa, Mexico, across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. Dalton Avalos Ramirez makes papier-mâché caricatures of celebrity chumps, and Trump is currently the most popular offering. Mexicans are delighting in whacking pinata Trump.
Yes, that was indeed a plot point in a sleeper comedy from 2004. In that movie, a Latino character named Pedro is admonished by the school principal for publicly beating a piñata designed to look like his opponent in the student council election; but in the end the student body decides to "Vote for Pedro."
So if you're looking for the definitive indicator on Trump's run for president, look no further than the script of Napoleon Dynamite.
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