Steinhauser: Pataki urges fellow GOP 2016 candidates to 'denounce' Trump comments
CONCORD – George Pataki says that Donald Trump’s recent comments that many Mexican immigrants coming into the U.S. are killers, rapists and drug dealers are “unacceptable.”
And the former New York governor is urging 14 fellow Republican presidential candidates to “denounce” Trump’s controversial comments.
The real estate mogul and reality TV star used the line in his June 17 GOP presidential campaign launch in New York City. That evening at a rally in Manchester, Trump repeated the comments, saying “I have so many friends that are Mexicans. But the people who are coming into our country are in many cases brutal. You’ve the drugs guys, you’ve got rapists, you’ve got killers.”
Since then Trump’s stood by his language, saying Tuesday night at a house party in Bedford that "eighty percent of Central American women and girls are raped crossing into the United States.”
In his letter, Pataki said “The last week of news coverage over the language used by Donald Trump to describe Mexicans has left me and a lot of other sensible people wondering what century we are living in.”
“As Donald Trump doubles down, I’m asking you to join me in standing up. Stand up for our party, for the ideals that made America great, and stand for the basic decency and integrity entitled to every American, no matter their heritage or nationality. Join me. Stand up now. Denounce his comments today,” Pataki added.
NH1 News reached out to the Trump campaign for a response.
“We don’t respond to candidates who are getting zero-point zero zero percent in the latest poll,” Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said, referring to a new Quinnipiac University poll of likely GOP caucuses goes in Iowa.
But then Lewandowski added that Pataki “must favor illegal immigration.”
And Trump took to Twitter to blast Pataki, saying he "was a terrible governor of New York, one of the worst," and that "he couldn't be elected dog catcher if he ran again."
Pataki responded on Twitter, saying "Facts Matter: "Trump donated $43,500 to [Pataki’s] gubernatorial campaigns."
In the past couple of days both NBC and Univision have broken ties with Trump, dumping the Miss Universe pageant that Trump runs. Tuesday Trump announced he was suing Univision for $500 million.
And Wednesday Macy’s announced it was pulling Trump brand merchandise from its department stores over the uproar.