[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ispanic Chicagoans held a peaceful protest urging presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using hate speech against Latinos –particularly Mexicans.
When announcing his intention to run for president two weeks ago, Trump accused Mexican immigrants of bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. before calling them “rapists.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” said Trump last Tuesday. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us.”
One of Trump’s presidential platforms involves building a “great wall” between the U.S. and Mexico and forcing Mexico to pay for its construction. Trump addressed a sold out audience on Monday at a luncheon hosted by the City Club of Chicago.
Mexican Unity is an impromptu coalition of Mexican and Latino individuals who say they are concerned about Trump’s “hate speech and inflammatory remarks.” Last Thursday, the group announced they planned to protest the real estate mogul’s Chicago appearance Monday.
Also last Thursday, Univision announced it had cut ties with Trump because of his “recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.”
“Trump is not only preying on, but feeding the xenophobic fears of mostly conservative nativist people who see immigration not as about economic realities but as a national threat,” said Fabian Morales, leader of the Chicago hometown Guerrero federation.
In a release announcing the protest action planned for Monday, Mexican Unity also said Trump’s inflammatory remarks are dangerous because they could lead to hate attacks against Latinos, especially on the U.S.’s southern border.
“Immigrants, Latinos and Asians constitute a large and growing share of the U.S. workforce, tax base, business community and electorate,” said Jaime Di Paulo, executive director of Little Village Chamber of Commerce. “Besides, Mexico is the biggest business partner of the U.S. Mr. Trump just wanted to ignore the greatest economical contributions of our Mexican and immigrant people to the U.S.”
Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter last Thursday afternoon to defend his remarks and accuse the Mexican government of forcing Univision to break its contract with him.
“I love Mexico but not the unfair trade deals that the U.S. so stupidly makes with them. Really bad for U.S. jobs, only good for Mexico,” tweeted Trump.
Outside the City Club on Monday, dozens of protesters waved American flags and held signs that read, “Hate speech is not presidential” and “Trump go home.” Sources say Trump entered the event through the kitchen to avoid the protesters.
After his City Club talk, Trump told media he wasn’t surprised NBC will be dropping his show over his comments but remained defiant and refused to apologize for his comments regarding immigrants.
“There’s no apology, because what I said was right,” he said.
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