Sunday, July 5, 2015

Told ya'

"He has a silver tongue. But if you look closely, you can see that it is forked like a serpent's." — Tom Moran

I was calling Mr. Christie a lying liar who lies a year and a half ago, although I admit it had been pretty darn obvious for quite some time before that.

Here is an editorial written by Tom Moran for the Newark-based Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest online newspaper, that was included as part of the reference material for The New York Times' editorial board piece I shared with you in my last HLSS post.

After 14 years of watching Christie, a warning: He lies 
By Tom Moran | Star-Ledger Editorial Board 
June 27, 2015

Most Americans don't know Chris Christie like I do, so it's only natural to wonder what testimony I might offer after covering his every move for the last 14 years.

Is it his raw political talent? No, they can see that.

Is it his measurable failure to fix the economy, solve the budget crisis or even repair the crumbling bridges? No, his opponents will cover that if he ever gets traction.

My testimony amounts to a warning: Don't believe a word the man says.

If you have the stomach for it, this column offers some greatest hits in Christie's catalog of lies.

Don't misunderstand me. They all lie, and I get that. But Christie does it with such audacity, and such frequency, that he stands out.

He's been lying on steroids lately, on core issues like Bridgegate, guns and that cozy personal friendship with his buddy, the King of Jordan. I'll get to all that.

But let's start with my personal favorite. It dates back to the 2009 campaign, when the public workers unions asked him if he intended to cut their benefits.

He told them their pensions were "sacred" to him.

"The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth," he wrote them. "Your pension and benefits will be protected when I am elected governor."

He then proceeded to make cutting those benefits the centerpiece of his first year in office.

This, we know now, was vintage Christie. Other lying politicians tend to waffle, to leave themselves some escape hatch. You can almost smell it.

But Christie lies with conviction. His hands don't shake, and his eyes don't wander. I can hardly blame the union leaders who met with him for believing him.

"He seemed very sincere," says Bill Lavin, head of the firefighters union. "Why doubt someone who tells you this is sacred to them?

Here are some more recent examples:

• In May, Christie told Megyn Kelly of Fox News that the Bridgegate scandal was basically over:

"The U.S. Attorney said in his press conference a few weeks ago there will be no further charges in the bridge matter. He said it affirmatively three or four times."

Not even close. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the investigation continues, and that the two indicted Christie aides could wind up pleading guilty, which would yield a new trove of evidence.

"It's like the end of Downton Abbey," Fishman said. "You have to wait for a whole 'nother season."

• In March, Christie told a conservative gathering in Washington that he cut money to Planned Parenthood because he was "unapologetically" pro-life.
That was probably true. The lies came earlier, when he fended off criticism in pro-choice New Jersey by repeatedly saying the state's financial pinch forced him to cut "worthy" programs like this one.

• In June in South Carolina, Christie danced for the gun rights crowd by saying this:

"I know there's a lot of perception about my view on gun rights because I'm from New Jersey and because the laws are the way they are. But these laws were being made long before I was governor and no new ones have been made since I've been governor."

Again, not close. Christie signed one law increasing penalties for unlawful possession of guns, another to ban those on the terrorism watch list from buying guns, and a third that required the state to cooperate with the federal criminal background check system.

• In February, Christie claimed that he was a personal friend of the King of Jordan, which would allow him to accept gifts without limit, like a sumptuous weekend with his extended family in a desert resort enjoyed at the king's expense.

The friendship exemption to the gift ban was meant to allow real friends to offer things like birthday presents without getting into a legal tangle.

Christie and his clan ran up a hotel bill of $30,000. He had met the king once, at a political dinner.

It's enough to make his "friendship" with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, seem almost intimate.

• Two weeks ago, Christie bragged to a national TV audience about his success with pension reform.

"We just won a major court decision supporting the pension reforms that we put into place in 2011," he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

Supporting the pension reform? The court found those reforms to be unconstitutional. Christie had to know that, because it was an argument put forward by his own lawyers so that he could escape the law's provision requiring big payments into the pension fund.

These are painful moments for New Jersey reporters who cover Christie. Stephanopoulos and Kelly are facing a crowded Republican field with more than a dozen contenders. They can't be expected to know this stuff. Which is why Christie prefers to sit down with the national press. It's easier to get away with these lies. For now.

Is it fair to use the word "lies" to describe these moments? After all, an honest mistake is not a lie. And sometimes politicians make promises they intend to keep, but circumstances prevent them. So what qualifies as an actual lie?

Here is one that doesn't make the cut: Christie broke his promise to make pension payments, which some consider a lie. But I don't. The economy slowed down and he didn't have the expected revenue. Democrats were surprised as well.

But the examples in the list above, which is only a sampling, are deliberate and serve Christie's political purposes. None are course corrections based on fresh information.

Webster's defines lie this way: "To make an untrue statement with intent to deceive." That fits neatly.

And that's my warning to America. When Christie picks up the microphone, he speaks so clearly and forcefully that you assume genuine conviction is behind it.

Be careful, though. It's a kind of spell.

He is a remarkable talent with a silver tongue. But if you look closely, you can see that it is forked like a serpent's.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, America. In honor of the freedoms our constitution guarantees its citizens, I believe I'll exercise one of them by criticizing someone who seeks to lead our government. 

If you've read Hey Look more than might be good for you, you've probably surmised that I'm not a fan of Governor Chris Christie. And you would be right. Years ago I wanted to like him; I even tried to like him, but I am now firmly convinced that he is a greedy, egotistic bully — and a liar. 

Apparently the Editorial Board of The New York Times agrees with me. Below is their take on him.

Gov. Chris Christie’s Phony Truth-Telling
By the Editorial Board
June 30, 2015

On his new website, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey portrays himself as a guy who gets attacked for “telling it like it is,” but that’s what his mom told him to do from her deathbed.

It is part of the legend Mr. Christie has carefully cultivated for many years, with startling success. He is described as “brash” and “bold,” with a certain rough charisma that his political opponents just cannot handle. “I get accused a lot of times of being too blunt and too direct and saying what’s on my mind just a little bit too loudly,” he says in the first video for his presidential campaign, showing him with a selected group of adoring voters.

It’s fundamentally nonsense. There are lines between brash and belligerent, between open and obnoxious, and, most important, between “telling it like it is” and not telling the truth. Mr. Christie crosses those lines all the time, as Tom Moran, the editorial page editor of The Star-Ledger of Newark, documented in a blistering column about Mr. Christie’s “catalog of lies.”

“Don’t misunderstand me. They all lie, and I get that,” Mr. Moran wrote of politicians in general. “But Christie does it with such audacity, and such frequency, that he stands out.”

Sometimes, Mr. Christie poses as a reasonable person who can reach across party and ideological lines. During his first campaign for governor in 2009, he vowed that he would hold public employees’ pensions “sacred,” and then made cutting those pensions a centerpiece of his new administration. Just three weeks ago, Mr. Christie bragged that his pension reforms had won a major court victory, when in fact the court ruled them unconstitutional.

Sometimes, Mr. Christie wants to make himself a strong, reliable right-winger. He told an anti-gun-control crowd in South Carolina in June, for example, that all of New Jersey’s gun laws preceded his tenure and “no new ones have been made since I’ve been governor.” Actually, he signed three major pieces of gun-control legislation.

Mr. Christie presents himself as a paragon of political virtue, but he seems to have fabricated a personal friendship with King Abdullah II of Jordan to justify accepting about $30,000 in gifts from the monarch. And there is, of course, the infamous “Bridgegate” scandal, in which close associates and political appointees of Mr. Christie paralyzed traffic at the George Washington Bridge to punish a local politician for failing to endorse the governor’s re-election bid.

Two of those officials have been indicted, and one has pleaded guilty. Mr. Christie may be safely walled off from being accused of orchestrating that mess, but he is responsible at the very least for creating the atmosphere that led his associates to conclude that such conduct on his behalf was appropriate.

Mr. Christie will run as a fiscally responsible conservative, but the public pensions in New Jersey are a mess; nothing has been done to cut back the outrageous number of local governments that bloat public budgets; and the state’s long-term unemployment rate is nearly the highest in the country. Public roads and bridges are dilapidated, yet Mr. Christie has refused to raise the state’s absurdly low gasoline tax to fix them. His decision to kill a Hudson River tunnel project will leave the Eastern Seaboard’s transportation system in a disastrous state for generations.

Mr. Christie said in announcing his candidacy on Tuesday that he would provide “growth and opportunity for every American.” But as governor he has increased the tax burden on the working poor while vetoing a bill to raise the minimum wage to a paltry $8.50.

On the positive side, he does not deny climate change — so far — and has taken some constructive stands on immigration. But he opposes same-sex marriage and blocked legislation to allow it. He also has participated in the right-wing assault on Planned Parenthood, which restricts women’s access to cancer screenings, prenatal care and family planning, in addition to safe and legal abortions.

Expect to see a lot of Mr. Christie at those phony “town hall” meetings, staged with selected supporters. You will hear a lot about his common touch, his “straight talk” and his love for Bruce Springsteen.

It’s a smoke screen. Look behind it at the governor whose own constituents say by an overwhelming majority that he has done a bad job, should not run for the White House and would make a bad president.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

More companies dump Trump

"You know, it really doesn`t matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." — Donald Trump

I ADMIT IT. I'm enjoying every loss The Donald sustains. Here's the latest from ABC News and Good Morning America on those who are running away from him fast and hard. 

Here Are All the Companies That Have Dumped Donald Trump
By John Santucci
July 1, 2015

It’s only been two weeks since he entered the presidential race, but billionaire Donald Trump has already seen some of his most prominent business relationships go up in smoke following remarks he made about Mexico on the very first day of his campaign.

“When Mexico sends its people they aren't sending their best,” Trump said at his announcement event last month from Trump Tower. “They are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they are rapists and some are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting.”

In light of those comments, several of the business partners Trump has cultivated over the years decided they no longer wanted to be in business with the Donald. Here’s a look at who has dumped Trump.

The first domino to fall was the largest network aimed at Hispanics across the globe, Univision.

“We see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization,” the company said in a statement.

In an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, Trump said, “I love the Mexican people, I have great respect for Mexico.”

In response to Univision dropping the pageant, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit this week against the company for damages.

Following Univision, the Mexico-based broadcaster fired Donald Trump for his comments saying in part, “Mr. Trump hasn’t demonstrated understanding or respect toward Mexican migrants and has offended the entire Mexican population.”

Televisa also owns the Mexican equivalent of Trump’s Miss USA pageant and said they would not be sending a representative to compete in Miss Universe.

Farouk Systems
Farouk Systems Inc, which owns hair care brands such as CHI and BioSilk, said they too are done with the Donald.

“Our company is multicultural with people of Latin American descent making up a large percentage of our employees and loyal customers,” company CEO Basim Shami said in the statement. “As a company proudly founded on the concept of coming to the USA in pursuit of the American Dream, Mr. Trump’s comments do not and will never reflect our company’s philosophy or practices.”

The network that has worked with Trump for both Miss Universe and his hit reality television series, “The Apprentice,” also said goodbye to the Donald this week.

“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the company said in a statement.

NBC said “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue. Trump fired back, saying, “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.”

The magic of one of America’s biggest retail giants is no longer with Trump. Macy’s pulled its star away from the Donald today, saying in part, “We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation."

"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004,” the retailer added.

Trump responded by saying it was actually his decision to end the relationship with Macy’s: “Clearly, NBC and Macy’s support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country. Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective.”

Even New York City, where the Trump Organization is based, is beginning to question its relationship with Trump.

“We are reviewing Trump contracts with the City," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city. Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers. Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city’s vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy days for anti-Trumpers

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” — Donald Trump, presidential candidacy announcement speech, June 16, 2015

OH IT'S BEEN really fun, hasn't it, watching that "waste of protoplasm" (one friend's description of the entity otherwise known as The Donald) getting clobbered?!!

Soooo presidential.

Univision announced will not air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. 

— A Trump-head piñata is being manufactured and sold in Mexico

NBC announced that it has also dumped Trump.  The network will no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and Trump will no longer appear on NBC show The Apprentice. More than 200,000 people signed a petition that said:

"Please cancel Miss USA, Miss Universe and the Apprentice. You are supporting a hateful and narcissistic individual without any kind of values, both personal and business wise. Not only that, but you are supporting a growing trend of bigotry and division in this country."

(A good reminder to all of us that petitions can make a difference.)

— All of the co-hosts for the upcoming Miss USA pageant have cancelled. Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, Puerto Rican singer and actress Roselyn Sanchez, Chilean actor Cristian de la Fuente and Colombian reggaeton star J. Balvin have all pulled out of the July 12 pageant. 

Mexico announced today that it will not be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe pageant.

— I discovered today that there is a Facebook page called Donald Trump Is an Idiot. C'mon, there had to be, right?!

And what does The Donald do? Like always, he just doubled down. Below is some of the text from his interview with Jake Tapper on June 28, 2015.

Come on other Latin American countries — pull out of his stupid pageant!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

In praise of one

“Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.” — Mark Twain, The Lowest Animal

I HAVE at least two Facebook friends who think I'm too critical of religion (although I'm sure what they mean specifically is Christianity) and religious organizations (and by that they mean churches), and that I give short shrift to the good work they perform.

For starters, let me state the obvious — just in case it's not: I'm non-religious. I also openly acknowledge that I remain horrified by the atrocities, including mass murder, perpetrated past and present in the name of religion. 

And not to be overlooked are the less overt, but still ruinous ills such as poverty, disease, over-population that can be directly linked to various tenets of many religions. 

However, I distinguish between religion as an institution and individual people who are religious. Some of my best friends are among the faithful. 

I'm making a joke of that cliche, but I'm serious: I have life-long, intimate friends who are committed followers — and who, BTW, have always commended me on how respectful I am of their beliefs. (And beliefs they are, boys and girls; let me get that out right here and now.)

With all potent forces, and religious belief certainly is that, there is great power to help or harm, create or destroy, and although I have always been forthright in praising individuals for the good work they do, perhaps I could still be more generous.

Here's an article from The New York Times written by the illustrious Nicholas Kristof about someone who is the embodiment of virtuous devoutness.

‘He’s Jesus Christ’
By Nicholas Kristof
June 27, 2015

IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — IF you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here.

Dr. Tom Catena, 51, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, N.Y., is the only doctor at the 435-bed Mother of Mercy Hospital nestled in the Nuba Mountains in the far south of Sudan. For that matter, he’s the only doctor permanently based in the Nuba Mountains for a population of more than half a million people.

Just about every day, the Sudanese government drops bombs or shells on civilians in the Nuba Mountains, part of a scorched-earth strategy to defeat an armed rebellion here. The United States and other major powers have averted their eyes, so it is left to “Dr. Tom,” as he is universally known here, to pry out shrapnel from women’s flesh and amputate limbs of children, even as he also delivers babies and removes appendixes.

He does all this off the electrical grid, without running water, a telephone or so much as an X-ray machine — while under constant threat of bombing, for Sudan has dropped 11 bombs on his hospital grounds. The first time, Dr. Tom sheltered, terrified, in a newly dug pit for an outhouse, but the hospital is now surrounded by foxholes in which patients and the staff crouch when military aircraft approach.

“We’re in a place where the government is not trying to help us,” he says. “It’s trying to kill us.”

Given the shortage of resources, Dr. Tom relies disproportionately on makeshift treatments from decades ago.

“This is a Civil War-era treatment,” he said, pointing to a man with a broken leg, which he was treating with a method known as Buck’s traction, using a bag of sand as a weight.

“Sometimes these actually work,” Dr. Tom said. “You use what you have.”

Pope Francis seems to be revitalizing the Vatican and focusing on the needy, and I have a dream — O.K., an implausible one — that he’ll journey to this Catholic hospital in the Nuba Mountains as a way of galvanizing opposition to the evil of Sudan’s bombings.

One reason I’m so impressed by Dr. Tom is that most of the world, including world leaders and humanitarians, have pretty much abandoned the people of the Nuba Mountains. President Obama and other global leaders have been too silent about the reign of terror here, too reluctant to pressure Sudan to ease it.

That’s the context in which Dr. Tom stands out for his principled commitment. Dr. Tom has worked in the Nuba Mountains for eight years, living in the hospital and remaining on call 24/7 (the only exception: when he’s unconscious with malaria, once a year or so).

Dr. Tom acknowledges missing pretzels and ice cream, and, more seriously, a family. He parted from his serious girlfriend when he moved to Africa, and this is not the best place to date (although hospital staff members are plotting to introduce him to eligible Nuban women as a strategy to keep him from ever leaving).

For his risks and sacrifices, Dr. Tom earns $350 a month — with no retirement plan or regular health insurance. (For those who want to support his work, 

He is driven, he says, by his Catholic faith. “I’ve been given benefits from the day I was born,” he says. “A loving family. A great education. So I see it as an obligation, as a Christian and as a human being, to help.”

There also are many, many secular aid workers doing heroic work. But the people I’ve encountered over the years in the most impossible places — like Nuba, where anyone reasonable has fled — are disproportionately unreasonable because of their faith.

I’ve often criticized the Vatican’s hostility to condoms, even as a tool to fight AIDS, and we shouldn’t tolerate religious bigotry against gays (which the latest Supreme Court ruling may chip away at). But we also shouldn’t tolerate another kind of narrow-mindedness, irreligious bigotry against people of faith. Diversity is a virtue, in faith as well as race.

Certainly the Nubans (who include Muslims and Christians alike) seem to revere Dr. Tom.

“People in the Nuba Mountains will never forget his name,” said Lt. Col. Aburass Albino Kuku of the rebel military force. “People are praying that he never dies.”

A Muslim paramount chief named Hussein Nalukuri Cuppi offered an even more unusual tribute.

“He’s Jesus Christ,” he said.

Er, pardon?

The chief explained that Jesus healed the sick, made the blind see and helped the lame walk — and that is what Dr. Tom does every day.

You needn’t be a conservative Catholic or evangelical Christian to celebrate that kind of selflessness. Just human.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Welcome to Canada

"There's a BIG party for you in Toronto this week." — Steve Dangle Glynn

PAUL and I are doing the happy dance at our house in celebration of two Supreme Court rulings — one upholding ObamaCare and the other making gay marriage legal nationwide. 

But here is what is making me laugh so hard  — apparently Facebook is bubbling over with Americans who are outraged by both decisions and are threatening to move to Canada in retaliation. 

Joke's on them. 

Gay marriage has been legal in Canada for 10 years, and our northern neighbor has a single-payer health care system. Ahahahaha!! 

Below is a screen capture from the New York Daily News followed by more screen caps from Pink News, Europe's largest gay news service. Be sure and read the very last reply!!! It's priceless.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The most ridiculous man in America

“Donald Trump comes closer than anyone else to being the archetype of the species; crossing genres, he exemplifies all the ways an asshole can capture our attention.” ― Geoffrey Nunberg, Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

THERE ARE no combination of words I know of to adequately describe how much I abhor Donald Trump. Is there a more absurdly-ridiculous buffoon anywhere? I think not.

(I am apologizing in advance for all the Trump caricatures, but I just can't decide which one I like the best, and with such a rich — but also really creepy — collection of ass[ets] from which to choose, why limit myself.)

Since doing him justice is beyond my power, I must rely on others:

First up, Jon Stewart's Daily Show from June 16, 2015.

Next from The Hollywood Reporter:

Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement

by Aaron Couch and Emmet McDermott
June 17. 2015

Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event.

"We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement," reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "We understand this is not a traditional 'background job,' but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought." 

The pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.

This from Media Matters:

Trump Says "I Don't Send" Jobs "Overseas," But His Clothing Line Is Made In China

By Melody Johnson
June 6, 2011

On the June 6 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, real-estate mogul and Fox News contributor Donald Trump boasted: "I employ a number of people that happen to work in this country. I don't send it overseas." However, Trump's clothing line is made in China, Mexico and Bangladesh.

Then this from NBC News: (YAY Univision!!)

Univision Ends Miss Universe Business Deal Over Trump Mexico Comments
June 25, 2015

Univision announced it is ending its relationship with the Miss Universe organization, which is part owned by Donald Trump, following his remarks about Mexico sending its criminals and rapists to the U.S.

"At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization," said Univision in a statement released Wednesday morning.

On Thursday afternoon Trump spoke live on Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo" with Jose Diaz-Balart, and said he was suing Univision for breaking their substantial, five-year contract. Trump also defended his comments, saying though he "loved the Mexican people" he thought Mexico was taking advantage of the U.S. in trade deals and by not securing the border. "Mexico laughs at the stupidity of our negotiators and our leaders," said Trump, adding that the border is open to terrorists and "not the people we want coming in."

The news surrounding Univision's deal is the latest in what has been a strong reaction from Mexican Americans, Mexico and other U.S. Latinos following Trump's statements about Mexico. On Tuesday night award-winning regaetton star J Balvin, who is Colombian, announced he would not perform at the Miss USA pageant because of Trump's involvement with the organization.

Last week the Mexican rock group Maná denounced Trump during a performance in Los Angeles.

"There is a character named Donald Trump, who made very violent declarations with great hatred of Mexicans and Latin Americans and called us rapists, criminals, drug traffickers. This is all trash," said Fher Olvera, group leader, in a press conference before their "Cama Incendiada" ("Burned Bed") tour at the Staples Center.

In Mexico, news that a craftsman made a Donald Trump piñata following his controversial comments made international headlines.

Trump made his remarks as he announced his bid to run for president. 

In their statement, Univision said that Univision News and the local news division "will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view."

And last but not least, Trump's familiar and namesake from Discovery News:

Rare Caterpillar Resembles Donald Trump's Hair
By Jennifer Viegas
May 2, 2013 

A recently videotaped caterpillar bears an uncanny resemblance to bigwig Donald Trump‘s hair.

The insect, a rare yellow-colored caterpillar of the flannel moth, now has the nickname “Donald Trump Caterpillar.”

Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer and conservation biologist Phil Torres spotted the caterpillar in an Amazon rainforest, according to a Daily Mail report.