A New York pastor is speaking out on behalf of members of a Long Island community who don’t want Donald Trump speaking in their neighborhood, where Trump has been invited to speak at a Republican fundraiser this week.
Reverend Allen Ramirez spoke today near the spot where Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was killed by a group of white teens in a 2008 hate crime. Ramirez said that kids in their town of Patchogue used to make a hobby of “beaner-hopping, which meant looking for Mexicans at night and beating them up.”
He invoked Lucero’s death and said, “To invite Donald Trump to speak a few hundred yards from this spot… it’s an outrage for the immigrant community. This is sacred ground.”
Ramirez even went so far as to call it “sacrilegious” and “akin to inviting Osama bin Laden to speak at Ground Zero.”
After CNN showed the video of Ramirez’s remarks, Joselo Lucero appeared on air to decry Trump’s message of “hate” against minorities and immigrants. When asked if he thought local Republicans picked the venue near the site of his brother’s death on purpose, he said he believes so.
Watch above, via CNN.
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