It's probably fair to say Donald Trump is not a fan of the Spanish language.
He's left the American public in no doubt about that.
However, I think he should learn Spanish!
In fact, I think learning Spanish would win him the election! Here's why…
…in Spanish, that is!
We know Trump already speaks a few words of Spanish.
In a video interview (now removed) by Mario Lopez, we heard:
Okay, so there was only one Spanish word there, to be fair.
However, Hillary's not doing so well either.
As she struggles to crack 60% of the Hispanic vote, it might have something to do with her Spanish:
(She's chanting the Spanish equivalent of “Yes We Can!”… except she gets the last word wrong, saying pueda instead of puede.)
When Republicans were battling for the nomination, Jeb Bush didn't just attack Donald Trump… he did it in Spanish!
What we learned from Jeb's politically risky move, however, was that his Spanish is awesome!
When Trump responded, rather than addressing the issues, he criticized Jeb for speaking Spanish.
“I like Jeb. He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
It seems not all Republicans agree with Trump.
During one of the early debates, Marco Rubio poked fun at Ted Cruz's Spanish too…
“I don’t know how he knows what I said because he doesn’t speak Spanish”
However, as you can see, it seems Ted Cruz does speak a bit … more than Hillary at least!
Perhaps if Trump brushed up on his Spanish, he'd be able to win the backing of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio supporters!
Well, maybe not all women!
But there's a part of the American female hispanic population who are already diehard fans.
Imagine what would happen if he broke out in Spanish? I shudder to think…
There are definitely a few extra votes to be picked up there!
It's not just Colombian women who are backing Donald Trump for President.
Here's one Puerto Rican guy who puts his loyalty with America above fellow Latinos, and plans to cast his first ever vote in an election to back Trump.
But that's not all…
He even wrote a song to explain why…
“Let's get it straight. Who am I gonna vote for? I'll vote for the man who tells me the truth, the one who we have prayed and hoped for,” says composer Ruben Obed Martinez.
Learn Spanish and Trump would surely impress a few undecided voters!
Know your enemies, they say.
Well, Trump's got his fair share of those.
But there are more out there who he doesn't know about.
Because they're singing about it in Spanish!
So, Donald, learn Spanish and take a leaf out of Michael Corleone's book:
“My father taught me many things here — he taught me in this room. He taught me — keep your friends close but your enemies closer.”
– Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974)
Marcos Stupenengo, an Argentine reporter, turned up at Trump Tower in New York for an interview. (It is unclear whether the interview was scheduled or not.)
Stupenengo, who has blond hair and blue eyes, had no trouble getting in the building. However, when he received a phone call and began speaking in Spanish, he was swiftly ejected from the building by security staff.
TV Azteca said the campaign staff told him:
“We have no interest in coverage from Spanish-language networks.”
Given Donald Trump already has support from within the hispanic community, he could drum up even more support by learning Spanish and chatting to the Spanish-language networks!
Donald Trump hates losing.
But would he care about losing a Spanish language contest among America celebrities?
But here's the thing: He could quite easily avoid coming last!
Charles Barkley has demonstrated just how high the bar is…
So, come on, Donald! It wouldn't take much to avoid losing this particular contest!
At an event in New Hampshire in 2015, Trump met a woman from New Mexico who complained: “My mother can't get a job because she doesn't speak Spanish!”
He thought about this for a second.
Then, Trump replied in his trademark no-nonsense style. A reply which spoke volumes: “Learn Spanish?”
He then made a swift exit into a black SUV waiting at the front of the venue.
Now that Donald is campaigning to become everyone's president, surely it's time he took his own advice and learned the native language of 52 million Americans?
Donald Trump says immigrants should learn English and assimilate.
Of course, he's right.
You have a responsibility to learn the local language if you move to another country. (I did…seven times.)
And when Trump looks around America, he will undoubtedly see immigrants who don't care about learning English or assimilating… and that scares him.
But who Trump doesn't see are the millions of children around the country – children of immigrants – who love America with a passion.
Oh, and they speak English.
But they're scared.
And they're scared because what they hear from Trump are not sensible policy discussions on immigration, but threats.
Threats simple enough for a 7-year-old to understand.
Consider this report from a school visit in the Bronx…
The first time I heard a kid mention [Trump] was in the first or second week of school. I was with a class of second graders playing a “get to know you” activity, and a girl said that her favourite food was tacos.
“Tacos are Mexican food,” said the little boy next to me. A stream-of-consciousness monologue—classic seven-year-old style—followed. “I don’t like Mexican food. It’s from Mexico. I don’t want Donald Trump to win. I don’t want to have to go back to Santo Domingo.”
So let's cut the rhetoric, and look to the future.
America was built on immigration, and immigration will continue to shape the future of the country.
Whether this future materialises in an atmosphere of fear, or an atmosphere of hope, is up to us.
And language matters.
Language brings us together.
So learn Spanish, Donald!
It would send a powerful message and set an example for millions.
Above all, it would bring us together, not tear us apart.
I've taken the liberty of linking to a few resources below to help you learn Spanish quickly…
And if you want to learn really quickly (in time for the election!), you can steal my method – here it is!
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