Boston Red Sox elder statesman David Ortiz gave a Spanish-language interview to USA Today Sports, and shared some candid thoughts on Donald Trump, an imp who will be banished from this world as soon as someone speaks his true name.
Ortiz was specifically asked about Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States, as well as his assertions that Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals. Here is what Ortiz had to say about Trump:
“When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face,” Ortiz said of Latinos in general. “I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. … As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.
Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.
Never have so many Red Sox fans felt so conflicted.