Eric Trump tricked by sneaky, low-class trick ("Latinas Contra Trump")
Rich Schapiro of the New York Daily News writes "Eric Trump tricked into taking photo with woman wearing shirt that says ‘AGAINST Trump’ in Spanish" (link):
(Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump) was played for a fool at a North Carolina rally when he posed for a photo with a young woman wearing a "Latinas Contra Trump" shirt.
“No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp,” a giddy Annie Cardelle, 23, tweeted along with the photo.
“Congrats, y'all played yourselves.”
...None of the 200 Trump cheerleaders packed into Thelma’s Down Home Country Cooking seemed to notice the not-so-subtly dressed demonstrator in their midst.
1. It's a sneaky, low-class move to trick people using language like this. It's not like this is going to change many minds. If it has any effect, it will just make Trump supporters more eager to vote for him. Tens of millions of Americans are tired of those like Rich Schapiro and the New York Daily News calling them bumpkins for having legitimate concerns about vital issues like immigration and trade.
2. It's pretty sad that Eric Trump or any of the others at the event couldn't decode such a simple phrase. Especially since "contra" is a fairly common prefix in English ("contradict", "contraception", "contrabassoon", etc. etc.) And especially since Trump supporters should be on the lookout for those trying to pull cheap tricks. It's not like Spanish is a difficult and uncommon language.
3. In a better world, Cardelle would have engaged Eric Trump in debate and attempted to show him wrong. Considering how flawed Donald Trump's policies are, that doesn't have to be that difficult.
4. In a better world, Eric Trump would have realized what the shirt says and, instead of the standard practice of having opponents ejected, engaged her in debate and shown her wrong. Considering that supporting massive/illegal immigration is an untenable position that shouldn't be difficult. At least it's not difficult for me, but it's impossible for Trump and his proxies and supporters.
5. Besides slightly solidifying Trump's support, things like this backfire in other ways: by providing a tangible example of the dangers of multiculturalism. If we only conduct political business in one language everyone speaks, there's no possibility for things like this happening. If someone discusses politics in Spanish - or less common languages in the U.S. like Russian, Turkish, or Greek - how are those who don't speak those languages going to know if politicians or their supporters aren't speaking out of both sides of their mouths?