The U.S. presidential campaign: “I will revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans,” says Donald Trump?

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                                              Donald Trump to Puerto Ricans: You’re Fired!

The U.S. presidential campaign is turning bizarre.

Late in 2015, Rev. Al Sharpton declared that “people that were from Puerto Rico all would have to go back if their parents were undocumented.” In other words, Sharpton believes that Puerto Ricans are not inherently U.S. citizens.

Then in New York City, while speaking to a group of investment bankers and hedge fund owners, Donald Trump allegedly declared that if elected, he will revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans because they are “not part of the American race.”

The speech was reported in multiple news sites, though some have questioned their accuracy.

Here are three reports of Donald Trump’s speech:

http://www.laverdadoculta.com.ar/2015/08/critican-trump-por-proponer-quitar.html

http://noticiasprtv.com/donald-trump-eliminara-la-ciudadania-americana-a-los-puertorriquenos-de-ser-presidente/

http://www.tunoticiapr.com/noticias-internacionales/448031892-Alegan-que-Donald-Trump-quiere-quitarle-la-ciudadan%C3%ADa-americana-a-los-puertorrique%C3%B1os-

The reports were also picked up in this Univision Forum:

http://www.univision.com/noticias/politica/trump-quitaria-la-ciudadania-americana-a-los-residentes-de-puerto-rico

Latino Rebels stated that the speech did not occur:

http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/08/22/the-trumped-up-story-of-trumps-puerto-rico-statement/

If the sources are accurate, then Trump is saying that Puerto Ricans can be drafted to die in America’s wars. They can sew dresses in the garment district for 50 years, for less than minimum wage. They can pay 20% to 50% more for U.S. products, that are shoved down their throat on the island.

They can pay a $73 billion “public debt” to U.S. bankers.

They can cook, wash dishes, and clean Trump’s hotels.

But when it comes to “all men are created equal,” Puerto Ricans can forget about it. That part of the Declaration of Independence was not meant for us. What is most disturbing about this, is not Donald Trump.

The most alarming fact, is that Trump is receiving enormous – and growing – support from the American public. Newsweek reported that Trump’s numbers swelled from 24 percent to 32 percent…after his comments about Puerto Ricans were allegedly made, and after they were reported.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-polls-republicans-winnning-365199

All of this leads to one question…what kind of country, what kind of world are we living in? After 118 years of American “democracy” and American “dreams,” after a century of sweating and saving and believing in a better tomorrow…

Is this what many Americans still think of us?

Donald Trump will never be president of the United States. But he is rapidly becoming our national therapist…a deep mirror into the American psyche…where angels and demons, and hidden resentments, have been festering for many years.

It is a fascinating but dangerous process.

Not even Trump himself, is aware of the fire that he is playing with.

Or how deeply it will burn.

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*NOTE: The web site Latino Rebels reviewed the sources of Trump’s commentary. In their view, Trump did not make the statement. A link to the Latino Rebels article appears above.

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