Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, fresh off a news conference confrontation with an Hispanic journalist, opened a new front in his battle with “political correctness” Tuesday night by imitating the speech of Asian trade negotiators.
Trump has argued on the campaign trail that China has bested the U.S. in economic negotiations, and Tweeted that the U.S. is “so tied in with China and Asia that their markets are taking the U.S. market down. Get Smart U.S.A.
Trump explained how he would do this at an Iowa rally. He envisioned a conversation with America’s trans-Pacific trading partners, saying:
“Negotiating with Japan, negotiating with China, when these people walk into the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh hello, how’s the weather? So beautiful outside, isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh, they are doing wonderful, great.’
“They say, ‘We want deal’.”
Actually, returning from Asia trade trips, three recent Governors of Washington have related expressions of respect and courtesy that break the ice before getting down to brass tacks about Washington apples, cherries and wine.
Consistency is not high in the mind of Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, he mocked rival Republican candidate Jeb Bush for allegedly offending Asians. After using the term “anchor babies”, slang for babies born to undocumented Latino immigrants, Bush said of the term, “Frankly it’s more related to Asia people.”
Trump pounced with two Tweets, the first saying ob Bush:
“In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘anchor baby’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blames ASIANS.”
And The Donald followed up by saying: “Asians are very offended that JEB said that anchor babies applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to Hispanics. A mess.”
The last two words would accurately describe the current state of the Republican presidential race.
Source: Seattle Pi
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