Donald Trump on Friday tore into the video from a Hispanic advocacy group featuring children swearing at him for his stance on immigration, calling it “terrible” and a “disgrace.”
“F–k you, racist f–k,” a child identified as Ricardo tells Trump in the video released earlier this week by Deport Racism PAC.
The same group has also offered $5,000 to anyone on the “Saturday Night Live” cast or audience who uses the words “deport racism” or “Trump is racist” live on the air during his hosting appearance this weekend.
“I think it’s terrible, I think it’s just terrible,” the Republican presidential candidate said on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
Young kids speaking that way “is a disgrace,” he added, “and it totally backfired and people are actually going wild about it and they’re saying we’re going to support Trump.”
“Anybody that would do an ad like that is stupid, to be honest,” Trump went on, “I mean, they’re stupid people that would do an ad like that,” adding that he would win the Hispanic vote because he would bring back jobs from countries like India and China.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had even harsher words for the parents of the children who participated in the ad, which he called “outrageous” in an interview on “Fox and Friends.”
“First of all, it’s counterproductive. Who do these groups think they’re impressing by doing this?” Rubio asked. “They’re not bringing anybody to their side. They’re turning people off. People are looking at it and say, these people are grotesque. I mean these are little children. What kind of parent allows their children to go on a video like that and use that kind of profanity and what kind of parents allow a kid to do that?”
Luke Montgomery, the director of the spot, told TheWrap on Thursday that the parents knew what their children were doing and had no issue with it.
“Calling Mexican immigrants ‘rapists,’ ‘murderers,’ and ‘drug dealers?’ Calling kids, American citizens, ‘anchor babies?’ That’s diminishing their rights as Americans. You can only get away with that if you think they’re second class because they’re brown,” Montgomery said. “I think they’re using a bad word for a good cause.”