- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lit social media on fire Thursday after making a comment about Mexicans “getting ready to attack” at a campaign rally.

Mr. Trump was giving a speech at a light-bulb factory in Manchester, New Hampshire, when a plane flew overhead. The moment prompted him to use Mexico as the butt of another joke.

“Mexico, and I respect Mexico, I respect their leaders, what they’ve done to us is incredible,” Mr. Trump said. “Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper. And it’s incredible. In fact, that could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack. So that’s the way it is, folks. I just want to say that this is a factory, and the legacy really of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton because this [economic] legacy is largely due, you could actually say entirely due, to NAFTA.”

The billionaire’s comments prompted social-media curator Twitchy to ask, “Seriously, is he TRYING to lose?”

The website then linked to a flurry of stunned responses that followed the candidate’s remark.

“Notice the cringe-worthy, awkward, silence afterwards. Is this dude TRYING to lose?” echoed Twitter user Will Power.

Trump gonna Trump, always,” added Twitchy reader D.H.

The real estate mogul’s supporters then came to his defense.

Trump made a joke. The kind of joke that blue-collar people sick of political correctness laugh at,” responded one reader.

“He has always had a great sense of humor and shows it often. Unfortunately, the lefties/liberals/democrats, etc. are humorless and take it as a bad thing,” added another.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday shows Mr. Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton among Hispanic voters 50 percent to 33 percent. The survey, which was conducted June 21-27 among 1,610 registered voters nationwide, has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

Voters overall did say, however, that Mr. Trump was more honest than Mrs. Clinton by an 8-point margin.

“Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don’t like. And they don’t think either candidate would be a good president,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said Wednesday.

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