This lack of outrage is striking because two other leading GOP candidates have deep roots in the Hispanic community and yet did not denounce Trump’s divisive words. Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican immigrant, and his children are Mexican-American. He has stated that lives the “immigrant experience” by virtue of his marriage. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the son of Cuban immigrants, and has made his compelling personal biography a centerpiece of his campaign. Neither Bush nor Rubio, however, has stood up for Latinos against Trump’s insults.
The Republican National Committee’s reaction to Trump is not much better; on Twitter, the RNC also welcomed him to the 2016 race. Asked about Trump on CNN, Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director, said that Trump’s comments were “not helpful to the cause.” Then he pivoted to a discussion of border security, sending the message that Trump’s words didn’t matter.
The Republican reluctance to criticize Trump is mystifying considering that the blog FiveThirtyEight.com has rated him “the most hated candidate” in decades.