Activists plan protest for Donald Trump’s Dallas visit
Published: June 7, 2016 4:02 pm
Protesters, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin (right), gathered outside RNC headquarters last month while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
North Texas activists are preparing what they hope will be a massive protest against Donald Trump during the New York businessman’s visit to Dallas next week.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is planning to stop in Dallas on June 16 for a campaign fundraiser. He’s also considering holding a political rally.
In response, a coalition of activists, including Hispanics, Muslims, African-Americans and women are putting together a protest that organizers expect will draw thousands.
“His message is so un-American and so hateful,” said former state Rep. Domingo Garcia, D-Dallas. “You need to stand up to the hate, otherwise people will think it’s OK.”
A meeting to plan the protest is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Cliff Tower in Dallas.
Trump is under fire for constantly claiming that a federal judge overseeing a civil case against now-defunct Trump University was unfair because he’s of Hispanic heritage. Trump contends that because of his proposal to build a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel is biased against him.
Protesters hoisted a Donald Trump piñata during a march last September to American Airlines Center from the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (2015 File Photo)
Republican leaders, even those who have endorsed Trump, are running from his remarks.
Throughout his successful primary campaign, Trump has made controversial statements about immigrants in the country illegally, women, Muslims and blacks.
State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, said he would participate in the rally and urged state elected officials, both Republicans and Democrats, to denounce Trump.
“Put politics aside,” West said. “People of good will know that Donald Trump is wrong. All of us need to come together and demand that he issue an apology to this judge.”