Trump: I'd Win Latino Vote, 'They Love Me'
Dismisses need for apology in NBC interview
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:07 PM CDT
Donald Trump arrives at a fundraising event at a golf course in the Bronx on July 6, 2015.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – This will likely come as a surprise to Latino voters, but Donald Trump tells NBC News that he would win the Latino vote. As for his comments about Mexican immigrants largely being a bunch of rapists and drug dealers, he sees nothing to apologize about:

  • "I have a great relationship with the Mexican people ... I have many legal immigrants working with me. And many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them. And I'll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I'll win the Latino vote."

Trump says he would do so by creating jobs. He also doubled down on his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, and he vowed to make Mexico pay for it. For good measure, he slammed Hillary Clinton as the worst secretary of state in history and as weak on immigration, because she would "let everybody come in … killers, criminals, drug dealers." During the interview, Trump called NBC's Katy Tur "naive," and the Daily Beast accuses him of sexist mansplaining. (Actress America Ferrara, for one, is probably not swayed by this win-the-Latino-vote assertion.)