Donald Trump may be leading the Republican primary race but citizens are not welcoming Trump in New York City (NYC). Campaigning in his home city is proving more difficult than expected, for the Republican front-runner. While Trump has prided himself in being the embodiment of New York values, he is meeting resistance to those assertions by residents.
The concept of New York values became an issue when it was brought up by Senator Ted Cruz, in a derogatory manner, to Iowa constituents regarding the liberalism associated with NYC. Cruz also faced difficulty while campaigning in boroughs throughout the city. Cruz, like Trump, was not welcome in the city. Students organized walkouts and others did not attend other events across the city.
Trump has, in his own words, defined himself as being the embodiment of NYC values. Thus, associating himself with the concepts of hard work and endurance, as the values and beliefs in which the city is defined. He believes his campaign runs on straight talk and honesty, that he asserts sets New Yorkers apart and is at the core of their value system.
The people, however, are feeling different regarding a message that is not welcome by NYC residents; Trump has called for deportations. He also supports policing the neighborhoods of people with specific backgrounds, based on religion and ethnicity.
New York City has one of the most diverse populations across the country. Historically, it is the home of many of the country’s first immigrants seeking refuge. The result was many first generation Americans of varied ethnic backgrounds. According to the last census data, 36 percent of residents are immigrants. More than half of the population is labeled as being of non-white ethnic descent.
The front-runner’s divisive message is not settling well in the city. He has proven to do better with more rural areas. However, Trump’s main ties, socially and in business, have always been in NYC.
Despite his being born in Queens and the several buildings bearing the Trump name across NYC, the city is not welcoming the type of campaign he is running. Residents have spoken out regarding their discontent with his campaign and why he is not welcome.
NYC resident Lianna Remiago, 19, told CNN, “You can’t represent New York City and claim you’re a New Yorker if you’re so against the diversity and the melting pot that is this country — New York City, especially.”
Trump’s trouble in NYC continues, as even his children will not be able to vote for him. They made national news when reports surfaced that they did not register in time to take part in the New York primary. In order to vote in the primary, residents have to register by October of the previous year. None of Trump’s four children registered to vote in time to support their father.
The primary takes place April 19, 2016. While Trump has concentrated on campaigning upstate, where he and Cruz have more support and the competition between them is stronger. The front-runner is becoming increasingly more vocal, as fewer delegates are up for grabs. New York has 95 delegates at stake in the republican race. Trump, while leading in the popular vote is not guaranteed to have enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.
His current delegate count is 744, compared to Cruz who has 544. In order to win the nomination, Trump will need 1,237 delegate votes before the Republican Convention.
For now, Trump will face New Yorkers in the primary election and take his chances on the outcome. NYC has proven its grit and ability to unite for a common cause, Trump may just be that next project.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN Politics: Donald Trump Defines New York Values in his own words
The Washington Post: Donald Trump has only one path to the GOP nomination. And he has himself to blame for it
Salon.com: The chaos has already begun: GOP leaders are feuding as Donald Trump’s convention mayhem looms
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