The public rebukes of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump keep rolling in, following his inflammatory (and some say racist) remarks about Mexican immigrants. Democrats in the California state Senate on Wednesday were the latest to denounce Trump, issuing a resolution introduced before the legislature.
Trump’s labeling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug traffickers during his campaign launch event last month was beneath the dignity of the office he seeks, said resolution author Sen. Isadore Hall III, D-Compton. "We certainly cannot stand in California to have a president who is representing California, [which has] the largest population of immigrants, calling immigrants rapists and thugs and criminals," Hall said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "We don’t have a place for that. California is a place of inclusion."
The resolution also denounced U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, another GOP presidential contender, because he defended Trump's comments, Hall said.
A number of Senate Democrats, including Senate leader Kevin de León, who is Latino and represents Los Angeles, signed on as co-authors of the resolution. Hall, who is African-American, predicted that Republicans would vote in favor of it. "Californians, Republicans and Democrats alike, don’t feel like it’s a place where racism and prejudices should be allowed," Hall said.
The resolution, SR 39, does not amend state laws but simply lauds the contributions that immigrants make to California's economy and culture, the Times reported. "Presidential candidates including Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have unfairly demonized and falsely blamed undocumented immigrant families for a range of problems and challenges facing the United States," the resolution states.
The measure also urged state and private companies to distance themselves from Trump-affiliated ventures. That has already happened in a number of companies. Over the last week, NBC, Univision and PGA of America have announced that they are cutting ties with the Trump Organization.