Democratic presidential candidates continue to fumble with what might be acceptable to say about the Black Lives Matter movement, while all but one of the Republican White House hopefuls remain mute on immigration.
Racial and ethnic diversity concerns always struggle to get the attention they deserve particularly during presidential elections. This is as the United States demographically and rapidly is becoming a more multicultural, multiethnic nation.
While the near football team size crowd running for the Oval Office is timid to tackle police killings of black males; racial disparities in income, health, wealth and homeownership; disproportionate incarceration rates; and racial achievement gaps in education, one candidate — Donald Trump — bulls his way into those and other concerns. He has made headlines with statements that have criminalized immigrants, particularly from Latin America.
Trump also doesn’t tiptoe around international matters. He told CNN that Crimea is Europe’s problem. Trump is having fun speaking his mind, and the public appears to love what the richest guy running for president has to say.
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He’s ahead in the polls capturing 20 percent of Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released Thursday. “Behind Trump are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent,” the poll said. “No other Republican tops 6 percent and 12 percent are undecided.”
However, Trump falls behind any of the three Democratic contenders by big margins in the 2016 general election.
The Quinnipiac release said Trump tops “the ‘no way’ list as 30 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is next at 15 percent with Bush at 14 percent.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets 55 percent of Democratic voters nationwide, with 17 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 13 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden. No other candidate tops 1 percent with 11 percent undecided.”
Clinton also tops the Democrats' “no way” list with 9 percent of those polled. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley follows her, then former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee at 8 percent each.
GOP candidates other than Trump are struggling to get media attention. For now, the public and the press corps covering the campaign appear to be focused on Trump and what other bizarre thing the candidate without an “edit button” might say.