RIO DE JANEIRO — Americans have traveled more than 4,000 miles, embraced the culture of Brazil and immersed themselves in the Olympic experience, but they’re still facing a familiar question: Donald Trump?
Jeff and Gina Cox from Phoenix, Ariz., said Brazilians have approached them every day since they arrived Aug. 2 to ask about the race between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Trump, the Republican candidate. The first came when they were riding a bus to the Olympic equestrian center and two couples kept looking over at their shirts featuring American flags.
“They came over and said, ‘Can I ask you a question? What do you think about Donald Trump for your president?’” said Gina Cox, 43, a software consultant.
Trump angered many Latin Americans the day he kicked off his presidential campaign by saying Mexico was sending rapists and drug dealers to the U.S. and promising to erect a wall along the southern border. The billionaire then upset many in his own party when he questioned whether a federal judge who was born and raised in Indiana could fairly preside over a case involving Trump University because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.