Dozens of prominent Hispanic figures from across the political divide have come together to formally "condemn" Donald Trump and the comments the GOP candidate has made against Latinos since the beginning of his presidential campaign.
In a blistering statement published Tuesday in Spanish on Univision.com, 67 scientists, historians, award-winning authors, lawyers and more from the United States, Latin America and Spain signed a statement denouncing Trump's behavior and asking the American people to "stop tolerating his absurd views."
Among the most controversial comments and actions cited in the statement include Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants -- who he called criminals, "rapists" and drug traffickers in June -- and his removal of prominent journalist Jorge Ramos from a press conference in August.
"His hate speech appeals to the lowest of sentiments: like xenophobia, machismo, political intolerance and religious dogmatism," reads the statement, translated by The Huffington Post from Spanish. "All of which inevitably is reminiscent of past campaigns aimed against ethnic groups, which resulted in the death of millions of people. In fact, physical aggressions against Hispanics and calls to prohibit the use of Spanish in public have already begun."
"Mr. Trump’s verbal attacks are not based on statistics or proven facts but on his very personal and unfounded opinion," the statement continues. "He not only disrespects immigrant Hispanics (later there could be other ethnic groups) but exhibits a dangerous attitude toward his opponents, who he portrays as stupid and weak."
The group also states that some of Trump's political proposals, which include building a massive wall along the Mexican border and deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, would be detrimental to the United States.
"Mr. Trump’s behavior is unworthy of a candidacy to the presidency of one of the most powerful countries in the world," they write at the end of the statement." We condemn his behavior and hope that the American people will stop tolerating his absurd views."
The statement's extensive list of signees includes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa and Mexican actors Diego Luna and Demián Bichir.
Ricky Martin wrote a similarly scathing op-ed posted on Univision.com in August. In his piece, the Puerto Rican singer urged Latinos to unite against Donald Trump.
“The fact that a person like Donald Trump… has the gall to continue to freely harass the Latino community day after day makes my blood boil,” the star wrote.
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