Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric Inspires Criminal Assault Against Homeless Latino; Trump Refuses to Condemn the Hate Crime He Inspired

In a statement issued today LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. responded to the Trump-inspired attack on a Latino homeless man in Boston, Massachusetts.

“A Latino homeless man in Boston, Massachusetts was brutally beaten simply because he is Latino. The victim, who suffered a broken nose and bruises on his head and torso, was also urinated on. According to police reports, the perpetrators were ‘inspired in part’ by Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“‘Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric has resulted in the senseless beating of a homeless man solely because he is Latino,’ said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. ‘This recent act demonstrates Trump’s complete disregard for the safety and well-being of the Latino community and underlines that he is not fit to serve in any elected office let alone as President of the United States. It is obvious that Trump’s vision of making America great does not include Latinos.'”

“When Trump was provided an opportunity to condemn the crime, he instead redoubled his stance against the Latino community. Trump responded by condoning the actions, citing his followers as ‘passionate.’

“Recently, hate crimes against Latinos have risen. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, anti-Latino crimes rose by 35 percent between 2003 and 2006. In addition, a 2013 FBI Hate Crime Statistics report found that 52.6 percent of 821 Latino victims were targeted because of anti-Hispanic or anti-Latino bias.”

The League if United American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States.