The truth hurts. Trump specifically noted ‘some’ were committed the crimes, and others did not, a point left out of many of the news stories covering his comments (including this one).
The crowded and ideologically diverse field of Republican presidential candidates has found one thing they mostly agree on: Donald Trump does not speak for the majority of Republicans.
Candidate after candidate used appearances on Sunday talk shows to denounce Mr. Trump and distance themselves from him after the billionaire real estate mogul criticized Mexicans and immigrants who come to the US illegally as “rapists” and “killers.”
“They’re bringing drugs,” Trump said while announcing his presidential bid last month. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Former New York Gov. George Pataki was the first GOP candidate to denounce Trump, first in a tweet and later in a press release, describing the remarks as “sad and divisive.”[…]
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor who has a Mexican wife, told the Associate Press he is personally offended by Trump’s remarks.
“I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” he told reporters after marching in Fourth of July parades in New Hampshire.
And other Republican candidates are now following suit.
US Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called the comments “not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,” in a statement released last Friday.[…]
Some candidates have come out in support of Trump, however, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Sen. Cruz appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired on Sunday, saying: “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration.”
“The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that. The Washington cartel doesn’t believe we need to secure our borders,” he added. “The Washington cartel supports amnesty and I think amnesty’s wrong, and I salute Donald Trump for focusing on it. He has a colorful way of speaking. It’s not the way I speak, but I’m not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans. I’m just not going to do it.”