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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

#TrumpHate from the debate

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Racist attacks on immigrants and Latinos should have no place in American politics.

Tell the RNC and GOP leadership: Stop hate in the presidential debate.  

Dear Friend,

“When Mexico sends its people...They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” - Donald Trump’s Presidential Announcement Speech

Republican (GOP) presidential candidates—led by Donald Trump—have set a hateful and dangerous tone early in the race for the White House; demonizing immigrants and endangering our communities.1 Trump's extremist views on immigration and his relentless and unapologetic attacks on Latinos are unacceptable.

To make matters worse, the Republican party leadership is doing nothing to hold Trump accountable or reject his hateful statements. Party leaders have remained silent and some, including Sen. Ted Cruz, have cheered him on.2 It has to stop. Keeping hateful and dehumanizing positions and rhetoric out of this election cycle will send a message that any candidate seeking the highest office in the land must value everyone’s full civil and human rights.

Join us in calling on the RNC and GOP leaders to make it clear in their party’s platform that bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and hate has no place in their party and the presidential race.

Candidate Platforms are guiding documents revealing what they will do as officials and how they are evaluated. Party Platforms are mission statements on a number of issues—called planks—defining what the party is and what it believes, visions for and actions it would take in the future. And on immigration, the GOP’s current party platform mirrors many of Trump’s positions and views.3 Changing a platform changes expectations, influences how candidates conduct themselves, and shapes the promises they make to the public.

For years, the Republican party leadership—beholden to Trump’s money and influence—has done little to stop Trump, his racially-charged rhetoric, and the damage it causes. Republican officials and GOP Presidential hopefulsincluding Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubiohave moved closer to Trump’s extreme political views. Even democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was influenced by the political climate that Trump’s hate creates.4

Donald Trump has vowed to wage a long and grueling race despite major companies, powerful individuals, and organizations like NBC, Macy’s, Univision, the PGA, billionaire Carlos Slim, well-known entertainers and even a famous chef cutting their ties.5 Trump's extremist views on immigration and his relentless and unapologetic attacks are toxic to the brand of the GOP as they seek to win over Latino voters. Trump's agenda has also amplified a deep undercurrent of racism in America that Latinos fight on a daily basis.6 This hate will continue—and likely escalate—unless the Republican party takes action.

Join our campaign demanding that the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and the GOP leadership commit to keeping hate out of the presidential debate. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Hateful rhetoric has been used as a bludgeon against immigrant, Latino, Black, Asian, LGBT, queer, and Arab communities, women, and others who have been targeted by the right wing of the GOP. In the context of the tragic shooting death of nine Black churchgoers in South Carolina, Trump’s angry tone and calling immigrants 'rapists' and 'murderers' is more than just hateful. It's dangerous.

Add your voice.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

— The Presente.org Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Donald Trump Doubles Down on Mexico ‘Rapist’ Comments Despite Outrage, The Guardian, July 2, 2015.
2. Ted Cruz is “proud to stand with Donald Trump”, Reuters, July 10, 2015
3. The 2012 Republican Party Platform, Preamble, September 2012.
4. Clinton Campaign: Sanctuary Cities Can Help Public Safety, NBC News, July 9, 2015.
5. Dumping Donald Trump: Celebrity chef joins long list of partners cutting ties with tycoon, CBC News, July 9, 2015.
6. Trump ‘Fired’: Carlos Slim Dumps Donald Project with Ora TV, Latin Times, June 30, 2015.