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Published:July 3rd, 2015 11:08 EST

Hispanic Leaders Demand Republicans Condemn Donald Trump

By Robert Paul Reyes

If the GOP has any chances of capturing a significant percentage of the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential elections, its incumbent on party elders, especially the presidential candidates, to condemn Donald Trump`s racist comments unequivocally and without reservations. 


Trump didn`t utter his racist remarks in an obscure setting; he boldly and brazenly spewed his racist rant during his announcement speech last month, with all of the major networks` cameras focused on him.

There was nothing nuanced or ambiguous about Trump`s remarks, he blatantly called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, and in like manner prominent conservatives must label his remarks bigoted and beyond the pale.

The first step in the Republicans` outreach to the Latino community must be to condemn Trump, followed up by a concerted effort by conservatives in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Most Republican presidential candidates have avoided the issue altogether, while those who have weighed in have merely slapped Trump`s wrist, and then kissed his ring.

I don`t understand the reticence and reluctance of conservatives to denounce Trump, he`s not a respected statesman or a leader with a huge following.

Trump is a clown and a buffoon, and if Republicans can`t bring themselves to decry his toxic remarks then it`s proof positive that their outreach to Hispanics is a sham.

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