I experienced firsthand how hate breeds hate. Last year, at a news conference in Iowa, when I tried to ask Donald Trump about immigration policy, he told me, “Go back to Univision” — hate-laden words. After Trump ejected me from the room, one of his supporters outside the hall yelled, “Get out of my country!”
When a response to an attack isn’t delivered in a timely manner, it loses impact. The perfect example: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s delayed response to Donald Trump’s criticism of Mexican immigrants.
MIAMI — We’ve been invaded. The presidential election-year circus — candidates, campaign staffers, backers, reporters and pundits — has once again rolled into town.
My son, Nicolas, is turning 18 this summer, and he’ll be voting for the first time later this year. Nicolas probably doesn’t realize it yet, but in the November election he and millions of other young Latinos could determine who the next president will be.
When the plane’s doors opened after we landed in Des Moines, a frigid draft blew through the cabin. I checked the temperature on my phone: zero degrees Fahrenheit. As someone born in Mexico and tempered in Florida, I felt almost frozen.
The children of immigrants in America tend to take on two responsibilities: They care for their immigrant parents, and they care for other immigrants as if they were their own parents. That has been a noble American tradition for over two centuries. Few things are sadder or more treacherous than closing the door to immigrants who came after us, which is what some U.S. presidential candidates want to do.
Judging by the all the ferocity in politics these days, one might guess Election Day were right around the corner. Yet we’ve still got a year to go before the fight for the White House is settled.
I’m a journalist; my job is to ask questions. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate; his job is to explain to voters what he would do if he were elected. Our objectives were bound to collide.
Let’s imagine for a moment the kind of country that Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential hopeful, wants America to become if he’s elected.
Television can create a president, or it can destroy a candidate. Newspapers can put politicians’ positions into context. Websites can expose the skeletons they’ve hidden. Social media tells them what’s on voters’ minds. But when it comes to politics, TV still rules — hence Republican candidates’ obsession with preparing for the upcoming debates.