Trump vows at Boch bash: Illegal immigrants are ‘going to be gone’

Publisher: 
Boston Herald
Author: 
Owen Boss
Publication Date: 
August 28, 2015

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump doubled down on his hardline stance on immigration tonight at a campaign event at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s sprawling Norwood mansion.

“You know a lot of the gangs in St. Louis and Ferguson, a lot of the gangs in Chicago, the toughest and the meanest, the worst dudes … they’re illegal immigrants,” Trump said to a loud round of applause. “And I tell you one thing, if I get in, they’re going to be gone so fast out of this country … They’re going to be gone.”

Trump, who has made waves in the 2016 presidential race with his controversial comments about women and illegal immigrants, spoke at the private event, which Boch said was expected to draw more than 1,000 Bay State residents.

As he pulled into the event with a police escort, Trump was greeted by a small crowd of pro-choice and immigrants’ rights protesters, which prompted a CNN reporter to ask for a response.

“I don’t see many protesters, I see thousands of people, and there’s a few protesters and I figured you’d ask that question,” Trump said before asking the woman if she was from CNN. “You people do not cover us accurately at all. We have a few protesters outside and we have thousands of people and the first question from CNN is about protesters.”

It was $100 a head to get into Ernie’s Summer Bash 2015, an event the auto dealer magnate has hosted annually since 2008.

When asked to respond to Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent comments calling Trump’s statements on women “reprehensible,” the business tycoon responded: “He must’ve been talking about Jeb Bush.”

“Jeb Bush said he didn’t want to fund women’s health issues and then he came back a few hours later and said he misspoke,” Trump said. “I think you must be talking about Jeb Bush, he’s not talking about me.”

When asked why he has been “targeting” the former Florida governor, Trump said: “I would say Jeb Bush is a frequent target because when this whole thing started I thought he was going to be the primary competition but he’s drifted very much to the middle of the pack and he’s rapidly disappearing so we’re going to have to start looking at somebody else.”

Trump, who fed off the energized crowd surrounding the media tent, even weighed in on the Deflategate controversy.

“Leave Tom Brady alone,” he said. “As you know, he’s a very good friend of mine. I know Tom Brady, Tom Brady is an honest guy, he’s a great guy, he’s a great champion and winner. Leave him alone.”

A small crowd of pro-choice protesters gathered outside the gate of Boch’s mega- mansion, some holding signs that read, “I am not a bimbo, I’m a voter” and “Don’t put a wall between me and my doctor.”

“What worries us about Donald trump is his outrageous stance on women’s reproductive rights,” said Christian Miron, spokesman for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “He’s bad for women in Massachusetts and he’s bad for women across the country.”

They were joined by nearly a dozen immigration protesters, who held signs that read, “Keep hate out of our state” and “Immigrants: we deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

“I am an immigrant, I am not a criminal,” said Patricia Montes of Centro Presente, who said she felt Trump’s comments on immigration were directly responsible for the savage attack on a homeless Mexican man in Boston earlier this month.

“He’s responsible because of the hate and sentiment he’s been spreading,” she said. “It’s because of him and his supporters — like the people attending this party.”

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