Leading Latino Democrat Suggests Trump is to Blame for Recent Hate Crimes
Congressman Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, had some choice words Monday on the environment of the 2016 presidential election.
At a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference, he told the crowd:
“I believe that 2016 is the nation’s Pete Wilson moment.”
At the CHCI conference, Castro didn’t mince words when it came to Donald Trump:
“The leading frontrunner for the Republican party called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘murderers’. And said ‘well, by the way, I assume some of them are good people.’
Some of them are good people?!? If you’re like me when you heard him say that you probably wondered, wait a minute, where does my grandmother fit in?”
Castro suggested that Trump invoked hate crimes and ethnicity based-assaults, like one in Boston, where a Latino homeless man was beaten up. The congressman said this was their reasoning:
“They said ‘because Trump is right. We should kick these people out of here.'”
He also cited an incident in San Diego, where Christian Ramirez, Human Rights Director for Alliance San Diego, and his infant son were met by a group of men who told him to “go back to Mexico and take your anchor baby with you.” The story, which originated on social media, was confirmed by IJ.com.