Last year Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said something in July of 2015 that made a news panel crack up with hysterical laughter. Ellison was on ABC’s This Week when he made a bold prediction to host George Stephanopoulos and the rest of his guest panel when he warned Donald Trump’s eventual rise to the nomination.
This man has got some momentum, and we better be ready for the fact he might be leading the Republican ticket,” said Ellison
Stephanopolous and the other guests had a good belly laugh.
I know you don’t belive that,” said Stephanopoulos.
“Sorry to laugh,” said New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Ellison was unphased by his the panels reaction.
I’m telling you, stranger things have happened,” answered Ellison with a straight face.
In June, Donald Trump made his infamous presidential announcement in which he depicted Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers.”
When Mexico sends its people they aren’t sending their best,” Trump said at his announcement event last month from Trump Tower. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting.
It’s important to realize just how unpopular Trump was in July of 2015. For example, after his comments numerous business partners severed ties with the Billionaire reality TV star. The list included:
The Mexican broadcasting company said in a statement:
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.
The network which ran Trump’s Miss Universe pageants and produced his hit reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” cut ties in a shocking move shortly after Trump announced he was running for president:
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.
One of the biggest American retail giants also severed their business relationship with Trump. Stating:
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.
Although NASCAR is a popular motorsport with many of Trump’s Southern white supporters, the company decided to follow suit and sever ties with the billionaire as well:
On July 3, NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said the ceremony won’t be at the Doral this year. “We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today,” he said.
Trump’s mattress line was also put to bed after the business said that it was “Unwinding [its] relationship” with Trump. In a statement, the company said it “values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump.”
After a meeting with Trump on July 6, the golf organization announced that it was seeking a new venue for it’s 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which was originally scheduled to take place at Trump’s Los Angeles golf club.
PGA said it’s representatives met with Trump and “the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.”
The largest and most respected sports news organization in the world also dashed to distance themselves from the toxic billionaire. ESPN made this public statement:
We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice. This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans. Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.
The business climate at the time should give you a good idea of how unpopular Trump was when Ellison made his prediction.
Everyone believed that Trump was on the verge of implosion as he continued to make more and more outrageous statements which always managed to offend some segment of the general populace.
Also back in July, Princeton professor Samuel Wang explained why Trump wouldn’t win the Republican nomination:
Obviously, we can’t take our eyes away from Donald Trump. Anyone who’s covering politics can’t avert their eyes, he’s like Sarah Palin. He’s Sarah Palin with orange hair. He’s out there making statements that attract attention, and he’s sucking up all the media oxygen in the room. So now it certainly looks like he’ll be on the stage during the televised debate — which is understandable — but it’s likely to drown out statements from these other candidates that might be more important, but less colourful.
If he’s on either position of the Republican ticket, I’ll eat a bug. There is just no way. It’s impossible.
It’s unclear if Mr. Wang has yet to make his special dinner arrangements. But one thing is clear, Ellison nailed it. The congressmen captioned his now viral video with, “Sometimes I hate to be right.”
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