As part of Community Conversations, we’re sharing your answers to this question: Should South Florida cut ties with Donald Trump?
We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: Should South Florida cut ties with Donald Trump? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at MiamiHerald.com/community and select Community Conversations.
“South Florida should cut ties with Donald Trump to send a message that hate speech is not tolerated. A conversation about fair immigration policies should never include derogatory remarks and broad generalizations of people groups. This shows a lack of understanding, lack of compassion and further divides our nation across already-fractured race and class lines. He has no place holding high office.”
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Angel Pittman, Miami
“In our county we have the right to free speech and anyone can have ties with anyone — including Donald Trump. That right needs to be protected. Mr. Trump has to live with the consequences of his flippant remarks and, I hope, his political affiliations and business dealings are affected. I imagine that, like Macy’s and Univision, Mexican and other immigrants would snub Trump establishments.”
Yvonne Beckman, South Miami
“South Florida should not cut ties with Donald Trump but South Floridians should. Donald Trump has mastered the craft of building real estate capital but seems to suffer from the witchcraft of racism. South Florida is a cultural melting pot and not a place for racist brew.”
Lionel Lightbourne, Liberty City
“We may not agree with his views, but I agree with his right to say them. Severing ties with his organization doesn’t much hurt him personally, but it sure hurts the men and women who work on his various projects. What good came from withdrawal from the beauty pageant? Absolutely none. But it deprived many Americans the ability to participate in the experience.”
Theron Cook, Jr., Davie
“In a civil society we earn each other’s respect and disrespect. Trump has earned my disrespect. He disrespected Mexico and its people based upon virtually no facts, but rather raw prejudice and racism. We should never stand by and let such despicable behavior go unchallenged. Trump needs to know that there are consequences for outrageous behavior. We should all cut all ties to Trump, as soon as possible. As the saying goes: ‘Your personal reputation is only a reflection of the company you keep.’”
Paul Hunt, South Miami
“If a business has a problem with Trump, it’s up to them to cut the ties, but a community has a different responsibility. The jobs that the Trump organization provide are very important to the workers and their families. Some of them are probably from Mexico and most are probably good people just trying to provide for their family. Mr. Trump is a very successful businessman, and an amusing candidate for president. I can’t wait to hear what he will say next.”
Charles Peters, Miami
“South Florida is a delicious blend of cultures. Mr. Trump is a bitter dose of cod liver oil. The two don’t mix.”
Mary Zins, Miami
“Private corporations will make their own business decisions if they wish to express disagreement with Mr. Trump’s views and each voter will express him or herself at the ballot box. Meanwhile, everyone should calm down and consider the source.
David Burkart, Kendall
“He has my vote — only candidate with real talk.”
Jim Diehl, Fort Lauderdale
“Donald Trump may have had many successful business ventures, but it certainly wasn’t due to his tact. One of these days he’s going to offend one too many people in this politically-correct society of ours. He may have some good ideas, but he won’t accomplish anything if he doesn’t watch his mouth. Washington isn’t Wall Street, nor is it the melting pot of Miami.”
Judy Fisher, Miami
“Not sure — would kinda miss his hair.”
Linda Drake, Hialeah