A new play about Donald Trump is a hit. In Mexico.

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A new play about Donald Trump is a hit. In Mexico..

Never in my lifetime — not an especially brief period — has anyone so singularly unfit, so mind-numbingly frightening, advanced so far in the presidential nominating process. MEXICO CITY — The first taste the Mexican audience gets of Donald Trump is his golden head speaking from the face of a giant $100 bill, calling them “frijoleros” (“beaners”) and bragging about the wall that will block them from setting foot in the United States.But if their appeal were only a matter of novelty, both would have gone the way of businessman Herman Cain, who led the polls in 2007 for about a month.

NEW YORK — Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest-host appearance on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” as a coalition of advocacy groups delivered petitions to the network Wednesday calling for him to be dropped from the show.After Trump’s cracks calling Mexicans rapists and accusing them of bringing crime and drugs to the U.S., the network couldn’t fire him fast enough. Trump and his bewigged followers only get more cartoonishly evil from there: tossing crumpled up bills at servants and drinks in waiters’ faces, stealing from the blind, bribing the police, while snorting mountains of cocaine and ingesting exotic cures for impotency. Such is the latest Mexican revenge against the Republican presidential candidate, a popular play by a group of Mexican comedians called “Los Hijos de Trump,” or “Sons of Trump,” that has been playing in Mexico City’s Aldama Theater.

The planned march follows Wednesday’s small rally organized by the NHMC, and the delivery of a petition with 522,080 signatures to NBC/Universal, demanding Trump be swapped out for another host. “Saturday Night Live is not a news program, it is a cultural touchstone. It’s another riposte in Mexicans’ ongoing rebuttal to the candidate who launched his campaign by declaring that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists. Providing such a platform for somebody who so clearly holds false and disparaging opinions of so many segments of this country is a dangerous proposition that legitimizes Trump’s hateful views and rewards his hate speech,” NHMC president and CEO Alex Nogales said in a statement announcing the protest. Then there’s this: Though there remains a small chance Trump will leave The Q next July 20 with the Republican nomination for president, Carson has no chance.

The actors involved are all quick to point out that they aren’t representing the antics of the real-life Donald or pursuing an explicitly political agenda. “This is a social critique, in general, of the elitists,” said Freddy Ortega, German’s brother and fellow long-time television comedian, who also stars in the show. In that one, he went on to “fire” the then-head of NBC, Jeff Zucker, as a plug for his television show, “The Apprentice.” “Where, after just one season,” the Donald continued, “I’m about to become the highest-paid television personality in America! Judging from the network promos this week, Trump won’t be putting the brakes on his bombastic personality.Given four seconds to speak in the promo, he blurts, “So let me just say this: Ben Carson is a complete and total loser.” It’s unclear if his appearance will do anything to help him in the polls. But the oversized Trump face beaming from billboards and the theater marquee hasn’t hurt interest. “It’s had a marvelous result.” As long as Trump continues to hover near the top of the polls, Mexicans will be eagerly, and trepidatiously, following his campaign. The coalition is accusing NBC of reversing itself for the sake of a ratings windfall while granting Trump “a free national platform to bolster his racist and xenophobic campaign,” Zaheed said.

When NBCUniversal dissolved its relationship with Trump earlier this year after he made some offensive comments, it cited the “respect and dignity for all people” that are “cornerstones of our values.” But that didn’t stop NBC from putting Trump on “Meet the Press” in August – giving that program its biggest audience in a year and a half – or from having him host SNL this weekend. They’re not sending you,” Trump said when discussing his plan for a U.S-Mexico wall. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. I would also suggest that Bush and the rest of the establishment spend less time complaining about Trump and Carson, as if they were party crashers at an invitation-only soiree, and more time listening to what these political neophytes are saying. Any conservative willing to do six or seven minutes of research will find next to nothing in Trump’s past to suggest he would be a conservative president.

Since Trump began with slights against Mexican immigrants and then doubled down with proposals for mass deportations and stripping citizenship from illegal immigrants’ children, he has come to loom in the Mexican imagination as a gringo bogeyman. His group and others would use the days leading up to the broadcast to call on “SNL” sponsors to remove their commercials from Saturday’s show, he said. In recent months, several Mexican businesses have called off projects with him because of his comments, including billionaire Carlos Slim’s Ora TV production company and the Mexican entertainment giant Televisa, which decided against broadcasting his “Miss Universe” pageant.

Mexican newspapers have been inspecting Trump’s new book, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again,” for clues about his plans for their country if he becomes president. (Trump writes that he would increase fees for border crossing cards and temporary visas or impound remittances to pay for the border wall he wants to build.) There is no shortage of indignation about such proposals. Here’s what he wrote in his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal:” “One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better … If you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.” Fast forward to the 2016 race: Trump accounts for 43 percent of all GOP coverage on network news so far this year, according to a broadcast analysis by the Tyndall Report. Asked about the opposition to his upcoming appearance while promoting his new book in New York on Tuesday, Trump said he was pleased to hear demonstrations were already underway. “Look, I think they should demonstrate” he said. “Ratings will go even higher than they are going to be.

In fact, Trump has dominated the campaign coverage on ABC, NBC and CBS evening news broadcasts, nearly double the number of minutes as Hillary Clinton and more than three times as much as Jeb Bush. And some, I assume, are good people.” Trump pledged to do two things: Deport the estimated 11 million men, women and children living here without papers; and build a “great, great wall” along the 2,000-mile southern border, with the Mexican government paying for its construction. The Trump character functions in the play as the patron saint of the filthy rich, encouraging his look-alike “sons” — often by means of a spooky disembodied voice — to cheat, steal or kill their way to pecuniary glory. In that book, Trump wrote of Reagan, whose presidency was nearing an end, “Only now, nearly seven years later, people are beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.” An Oct. 25 piece in Politico magazine titled, “When Donald Trump hated Ronald Reagan,” told of full-page ads Trump took out in The New York Times and The Washington Post to promote the book.

When Trump insults war heroes, women, immigrants, his fellow candidates, Congress, members of the media – the list goes on and on – those are not one-off spontaneous outbursts where Trump is just popping off. Then “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels had second thoughts and asked Trump if he would host the entire 90-minute program. “And I said, ‘You know what? The ads ripped Reagan, saying “the world is laughing” at the president’s foreign policy, adding there was nothing wrong with that policy that “a little backbone can’t cure.” For Trump, the good news is many of his sheep believe that. Most of the play is unspoken, as the actors clown around and pantomime their jokes. “I don’t identify with what the man says,” Freddy Ortega said before a weekend performance. “To think that we have the monopoly on thieves and rapists and drug dealers, I think that’s quite wrong.

I would answer him: Isn’t your country considered the largest consumer of drugs?” “More than anything else it set off something really cool for Latinos: unity,” he said. “He’s been able to bring together the Mexican people and all Latinos.” Ed Rollins, the Republican campaign consultant and campaign director for the Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign, says it would have cost “$100 million, easily, to get the attention Trump” has gotten since entering this year’s race. “I’ve been around the business for 50 years,” Rollins told MSNBC. “I haven’t ever seen a candidate get this kind of attention over this sustained period of time.” “From a pure business point of view, the benefits of being written about have far outweighed the drawbacks,” writes Trump. “It’s really quite simple. A Pew Research Center survey in September found that 73 percent of Republicans “favor building a fence along the entire Mexican border.” Pew also found that 32 percent — a third of the party — opposed any kind of legal status for undocumented immigrants. Rubio, who once favored comprehensive reform and a path to resident status for the 11 million, now even waffles on extending President Obama’s executive action allowing those brought here as children to remain.

Last week, he disavowed nine super PACs supporting his candidacy – and called on other candidates to join him in returning all donations of “dark money” from the “donor class” – because he can easily afford to. For creepily saying on national television, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I would be dating her.” This is a man Rob Portman, a member of the United States Senate from this state, said he could support for president.

Once considered suspect on guns — for wondering aloud whether everyday citizens needed to own assault rifles — Carson outflanked the field when he opined that gun control laws imposed in Nazi Germany in 1938 enabled the Holocaust. Carson doesn’t claim that a tyrant already occupies the White House, but he has described Obama as being “like most psychopaths.” All the Republican candidates criticize the president, but only Carson has described the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature accomplishment, as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Majorities of Republicans do not favor deporting 11 million people, reject all gun control legislation or believe Obama is a psychopathic slavemaster. But if he’s making outrageous, sensational statements – as he wrote about years ago as part of his media strategy – let’s call them for what they are: manipulative, calculated and deeply divisive.

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