We Love You All The Way To The White House!: Trump Meets His Most Enthusiastic Fan Yet, Who Just Happens To Be Hispanic
He consistently brags that Hispanic voters 'love me' and that 'I will win the Hispanic vote' - and apparently here's the proof.
During a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump brought a Colombian woman up on stage, who showered him with adoration.
The real estate mogul - who kicked off his campaign with controversial comments about wanting to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants - was speaking about his current cover of People when he noticed the woman in the audience waving the magazine.
The superfan, local Myriam Witcher, 35, was invited to the podium and excitedly told Trump how much she loved him.
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Overwhelmed: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invites Myriam Witcher, 35, of Las Vegas on the stage during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Thursday
Afterward the strange scene, Trump said: 'I've never met her before, I swear'
'Where are you from?' Trump asked his excited fan.
'Colombia!' she screamed.
The woman then continued: 'I'm Hispanic and I vote for Mr. Trump! Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you all the way to the White House!'
The scene painfully looked like a stunt, and Trump was quick to point out that he had nothing to do with it, USA Today reported.
'I've never met her before, I swear,' he said.
Trump later tweeted about the rally, and how 'many Hispanics love me and I love them!'
'I love them!': The brash billionaire was sure to tweet about the experience after leaving the rally
In a case of interesting timing, the stage performance came right after Trump cancelled a planned appearance before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, apparently due to a personal squabble with the organization's leaders.
The billionaire was supposed to appear at a candidate forum in Washington D.C. and submit to a question-and-answer session with the group.
But that changed sometime late last week, when Trump pulled the plug and said he had never promised to appear in the first place.
The episode seems likely to worsen Trump's wobbly-at-best standing with Hispanic voters, many of whom he angered on the very first day of his campaign, in his announcement press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
On that day, he described Mexican immigrants as 'criminals' and 'rapists,' before eventually conceding, 'and some are probably good people.'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Thursday October 8, 2015, in Las Vegas
US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez says Trump pulled the plug on his appearance before the group on Thursday because he wanted accommodations in the format that were not given to other candidates
But he doubled down on the comments in multiple subsequent interviews, and has repeatedly refused to apologize for them.
Instead, he has described immigration reform as the central theme of his campaign, vowing to deport all of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants currently believed to be in the U.S. if he is elected president.
The most recent compilation of major national polls by Real Clear Politics shows Trump in first place, where he's been since mid-summer, six percentage points ahead of his closest rival, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
However, a recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal report shows Trump lagging badly among Hispanic voters, 67 percent of whom view him negatively.
In a scathing editorial on Sunday, the national Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion accused Trump of lying and said he 'chickened out' by cancelling his appearance Thursday.
'This will definitely not help improve Trump’s image among Latinos,' the paper editorialized. 'After bashing immigrants and hiding behind those who agree with him, he adds “coward” to the many adjectives that describe him.'
Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.