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'High-spanics' sell out to Trump at White House reception

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

They're too preoccupied thinking about what they're going to wear to a hoity-toity White House reception during Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Sept. 27, dozens of High-spanics gathered at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- as they do each year, no matter who is president or how badly their community is treated -- to gobble appetizers and be told they're special.

"This evening, we come together to honor the devotion, and the drive, and the faith, and genius, and exceptional achievements of our incredible Hispanic American community, right?" Trump told the crowd.

For the last four years, as a Mexican American, I've felt like my greatest achievement is surviving Donald Trump.

A few days after the reception, it was reported that Trump often brainstorms about border security. According to a new book, his ideas have included suggestions to fill moats with alligators and tell Border Patrol agents to shoot immigrants in the legs to stop them from running.

Trump has been disrespecting Hispanics -- specifically Mexicans and Mexican Americans -- since he declared his candidacy in June 2015, and he has never stopped. He seems to enjoy it too much to ever give it up.

Trump talks flippantly about how the United States is facing an "invasion" from the South. That's the same language used by 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, who, on Aug. 3, killed 22 people and injured 24 others (most of them Mexican or Mexican American) at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Crusius later told police that he intended to "kill as many Mexicans as possible."

Most ominously, Trump has surrendered his administration's immigration policy to the viperous Stephen Miller -- whose vitriol toward foreigners is so clearly on display that he was literally depicted as a snake in a recent skit on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

I bet snakes everywhere were offended.


A few weeks ago, Trump went to New Mexico to court the votes of conservative Hispanics and couldn't help but stick his foot in his mouth. He doted on television commentator Steve Cortes, a pro-Trump hack who the president declared "looks more like a WASP than I do." Then he put Cortes on the spot, asking him: "Who do you like more: The country or Hispanics?"

Cortes answered, "The country." Shocker.

"We love our Hispanics!" bellowed Trump.

I'm proud to say I'm not one of Trump's Hispanics. You won't see me at the White House. Nor, going forward, will you see me dedicating any ink to any of the High-spanics who came running when Trump ran the dinner bell. They're dead to me.

What's wrong with these people? What a sad and pathetic bunch. How low must their self-esteem be that -- despite all their accomplishments -- they still need to feel better about themselves by seeking validation from the likes of Donald Trump?


Ruben Navarrette's email address is His daily podcast, "Navarrette Nation," is available through every podcast app.

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