Entertainment television show EXTRA published the excerpt of a new interview Republican candidate Donald Trump had with co-host Mario Lopez, where the presumptive GOP presidential nominee insisted that his “relationship with Hispanics is fantastic.” In the clip, released online on Wednesday afternoon, Lopez asked Trump about last summer’s anti-Mexican comments that launched his campaign and angered many U.S. Latinos. Here is a transcript of that exchange.
Mario Lopez: “I’m Latino, happen to also be conservative, a child of Mexican immigrants, and when you initially announced, you did so where some people thought there was some harsh rhetoric, maybe disappointed some Hispanics. How do you gain their support and trust?”
Donald Trump: “I know all about your heritage and respect it greatly. My relationship with Hispanics is fantastic. I know so many; so many are friends… they buy apartments from me… they rent apartments from me. I have so many employees that are Hispanic, they are incredible people and the way that people are going to love me is that I’m gonna produce jobs like nobody’s ever produced jobs. We’re gonna take our jobs back from China and we’re gonna take them back from Mexico. We’re gonna have tremendous jobs for Hispanics, for everybody. You may have seen the recent polls; I’m starting to do really well with Hispanics, because they want — especially the ones that are here legally — they have their homes, they have their jobs, they don’t want it taken away…. It’s only gonna better, because I’m gonna produce jobs, and ultimately it’s about the economy, it’s about jobs, Mario.”
Latest polling would counter Trump’s claims that his popularity with Latinos is growing. His best polling performance with Latinos was a recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll that had Trump with 28% of Latino support. A FOX News Latino poll conducted after the NBC News poll shows Trump with 23% Latino support. In addition, a poll from Florida International University/Adsmovil shows Trump getting only 15% of Latino support.
All those polls do not take into account if Trump will see some fallout for his critical remarks of New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, the country’s only Latina governor and a Republican. An article by Adrian Carrasquillo of BuzzFeed News also reported that many Latino Republicans believe efforts to broaden the party’s outreach to Latinos will have all been wasted now that Trump is the likely GOP nominee.