Donald Trump is pandering to bigots and destroying the Republican Party. At least, that’s according to former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
He “is appealing to a segment I’ll just label racist,” explained the former two-term Republican governor and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate in an interview with Reason Magazine. “I don’t want to have anything to do with it.” (Source: Trump Appeals to “Racist” Voters, last accessed July 16, 2015.)
Trump announced his Presidential candidacy in June, which has been marred by controversy regarding his comments about Mexican immigrants.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” Trump explained in his campaign commencement speech, “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
While Trump’s comments have sparked controversy, his views have struck a chord with voters. According to the results of a Suffolk University/USA Today survey released on Wednesday, July 15th, Trump is leading in the Republican primary elections with 17% support among voters. (Source: USA Today, last accessed July 16, 2015.)
“It embarrasses me,” Mr. Johnson explained. “The electorate will paint the entire Republican Party with a broad brush as a result of Trump and it won’t be positive.”
Johnson was not the only Republican who criticized Trump’s remarks. Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director; other GOP candidates among the former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican-American; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have expressed their frustrations about Trump’s comments.