Donald Trump has been called many things over the course of the past 10 months since his declaration to run for President of the United States, but one that would be hard to use on him would be boring.
According to “The Wrap,” Fox News Channel, the most popular cable network in the United States, set a basic cable record for most consecutive weeks in first place among total-day viewership. Fox News employs Megyn Kelly, who has been caught up in a war of words with Trump ever since the network hosted the first GOP debate in early August 2015. That debate was the most viewed in Fox News’ 20-year history, and it featured multiple instances of Trump and Kelly having heated discussion. This drama, along with coverage of Trump attacking his contemporaries running for the Republican nomination, has led to a spike in ratings for Fox News. Nearly 17 million Americans watched the March 3 GOP debate.
Mr. Trump has also adversely affected the network with his presence: when he and fellow nominee and Governor of Ohio John Kasich pulled out of the March 21 GOP debate, the network cancelled it due to fears of ratings being much lower.
His campaign, and his attitude publicly, has led to another thing: according to a report from the New York Times, naturalization applications increased by 11 percent in 2015, and the primary goal is to make sure Trump isn’t winning the Oval Office anytime soon.
Hortensia Villegas is a legal immigrant from Mexico who shares this sentiment. “I want to vote so Donald Trump won’t win,” Villegas said. “He doesn’t like us.”
Trump has particularly drawn the ire from Hispanic Americans for comments regarding foreign policy. A Washington Post poll found 80% of Hispanics unfavorably view Trump, with 51% claiming they will support the Democratic Party nominee in November’s general election.
Minerva Guerrero Salazar, 40, emigrated in 2002 from Mexico, and plans to vote against Trump. “He has no conscience when he speaks of Latinos, and he is so rude,” said Salazar. “I don’t know what kind of education his mother gave him.”
The LA Times reported in 2014 that 27% of eligible Latinos voted in the midterm election that year, which saw the Republicans take a majority of Senate seats and increase their House of Representatives count. That year, 41% of African Americans and 46% of Non-Hispanic whites participated in voting. If the reports are correct, the Latino influence will be stronger in not only the ratings, but the election as well.