Like Him or Not, Trump Is Serious

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Business-wise, this has not been a good week for Donald Trump. Fresh off his announcement that he is officially joining the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Trump has been besieged by boycotts and corporate cowardice at every turn. In a rush to distance their brands from Trump’s controversial comments on immigration, NBCUniversal, Macy’s, and Univision have severed ties with the real estate mogul.

Now New York City – the city that has been synonymous with Trump for decades – is even contemplating a split with the billionaire. Dyed-in-the-wool liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that his administration is reviewing the city’s contracts with Trump. “Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city,” de Blasio said in a statement.

If you would expect that a brilliant businessman like Trump would be concerned about these repeated blows to his empire, you would be wrong. Instead, Trump has doubled down on his blunt remarks. Appearing Wednesday evening on CNN, Trump reiterated his original points. “If you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling,” he told anchor Don Lemon.

This, more than anything else, proves that Trump is serious about making a real bid for the presidency. While few political analysts give him much of a chance of securing the nomination, Trump would not be willing to watch all his bridges burn if he wasn’t willing to go all the way. And it is this obvious commitment that has conservatives excited in spite of themselves. He may be a joke to liberals, a villain to establishment Republicans, and an inexperienced candidate, but he has a backbone. That alone sets him apart from many.

Of course, the fact that he’s right doesn’t hurt matters, either. Immigrants from Mexico do not represent the best the country has to offer. That’s simply a fact. They have low levels of education, they are almost uniformly poor, and they are largely uninsured. This isn’t about making judgment calls about Mexicans in any way. This is about an honest look at the facts. These are immigrants who are hoping that somehow a move to America will change their fortunes. You can’t blame them for giving it a go, but that doesn’t mean we have to stand by and watch it happen. Why does the United States have to take on the burden of not only our own societal dregs but those of other countries?

As they do on every issue, liberals have decided there is only one way to hold a conversation about illegal immigration. And it basically comes down to this: If you can’t say anything nice about it, don’t say anything at all. That way, they can cherrypick examples of college-bound illegals without any fear of counter-examples. Trump refuses to play that game, and that makes him dangerous.