Revealed: Trump campaign killed Ivanka’s ‘clarification’ on her dad’s ‘Mexican rapists’ rhetoric
In a deposition involving yet another lawsuit involving GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, his daughter claimed she tried to stem the outrage over her father calling Mexicans “rapists,” only to have the campaign sit on her statement.
According to Politico, Ivanka Trump wanted to issue a “clarification” after her father launched his campaign in June of 2015 by slurring the Mexican community.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” the eventual GOP presidential nominee said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
According to a deposition given by Ivanka in a lawsuit between a chef who pulled out of a Trump hotel property following his outrageous comments, she felt his message was being twisted by the media.
“His statements were mischaracterized as being a categorical attack on Hispanics,” Ivanka stated during her deposition. “And I felt that it was very important that he clarified the fact that that was not the case. He had not said that. He had not attacked Hispanic people. But that was the immediate narrative that had been spun.”
“I had suggested a clarification because I felt that his comments were being misconstrued. Not a retraction. I don’t think that’s my place,” she continued, adding that “I drafted something for myself, but — so I wrote something down. But it was — yeah. But it was not used.”
She went on to say, “Basically I was playing around with the idea of the fact that the media was spinning what he said to be about Hispanic people generally, as opposed to illegal immigrants, which he subsequently clarified on his own in countless interviews. And the fact that my father has a tremendous relationship with people of Hispanic descent. You know, this is — this is something that personally was very hard for me because I know how many friends my father has who are Hispanics, how many people work at our company who are Hispanic. So when the media took the narrative in a bad direction it was upsetting to me, because I know it to not be true.”
According to the nominee’s daughter, she believed that he resolved the issue himself.
“I mean, he’s — he’s very articulate and very capable of sort of speaking his opinion. And he said that numerous times,” she explained. “He said that, you know, how many Hispanic friends he has and how many — how fortunate we are to have so many great Hispanic people working for us.”
Trump’s own “clarification” may have fallen on deaf ears, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently holding a 46-point lead over Trump among Hispanics.