A group of 67 prominent intellectuals, scientists, artists and award-winning authors from Mexico and the rest of Ibero-America have signed a statement blasting Republican pre-candidate Donald Trump’s “hate speech,” which they say “recalls historical campaigns against other ethnic groups that led to millions of deaths.”
The statement says that Trump’s verbal assaults on Mexican immigrants are a crass appeal to “xenophobia, sexism and political intolerance” and are “not based on tested facts.”
The group notes that Trump’s disdain isn’t limited to Hispanic immigrants, but he “also exhibits a dangerous attitude towards his opponents.” The group further excoriates the celebrity presidential hopeful for making sexist comments about female interviewers, and expelling “prominent Hispanic reporter” Jorge Ramos from a press conference for asking “an uncomfortable question.”
Trump’s promise to deport 11 million undocumented Mexican immigrants and build a border wall along the southern frontier would be “catastrophic for states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where Mexicans carry out most manual work,” the statement reads.
The combined work of Mexican immigrants in California alone generates $70 billion a year, the scholars’ statement asserts. “Without Mexican workers, the economy of the state, followed swiftly by the rest of the country, would go to ruin,” the undersigned posit.
The statement, released today by Enrique Krauze and Carmelo Mesa-Lago, just days before Trump is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live and amid growing calls for NBC to revoke his invitation to do so, ends with an impassioned plea for U.S. citizens to reject Trump’s candidacy and boycott “his absurdities.”
“Mr. Trump’s conduct is not worthy of a candidate to the Presidency of the United States, the most powerful country in the world. All of us condemn his behavior and hope that the American people will no longer tolerate his absurdities,” the statement concludes.
Below is the full statement and the list of all 67 signatories.
The undersigned – Hispanics who occupy academic positions in the United States, as well as intellectuals, artists and scientists from Mexico, other Latin American countries and Spain – cannot remain silent in the fact of alarming statements from the candidate to the Presidency of the United States, Donald Trump. Since the announcement of his candidacy, Mr. Trump has accused Mexican immigrants of being criminals, rapists and drug traffickers; and has promised to deport 11 million of them and build a big wall along the border with Mexico. Trump’s hate speech appeals to xenophobia, sexism and political intolerance; it recalls historical campaigns against other ethnic groups that led to millions of deaths. Physical attacks on Hispanics and public assertions that Spanish should not be spoken in public have already occurred.
Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults are not based on tested facts, but only on his personal, baseless opinions. Not only does he disdain Hispanic immigrants, but he also exhibits a dangerous attitude toward his opponents, stigmatizing them as stupid or weak. He has insulted and expelled a prominent Hispanic reporter from a press conference an uncomfortable question and made sexist comments about female interviewers, while his supporters and personal bodyguards have attacked peaceful demonstrators.
The expulsion of Mexican immigrants would be catastrophic for states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where Mexicans carry out most manual work. In California our immigrants harvest 200 agricultural products, serve in hotels and restaurants, and collect garbage. California is the leading producer of wine in the country and the principal destination for tourism. These sectors generate $70 billion per year. Without Mexican workers, the economy of the state, followed swiftly by the rest of the country, would go to ruin.
Several of the undersigned are Hispanic immigrants who have been well-received by this great nation and contributed through their various endeavors toward greater knowledge, scientific progress, entertainment, and prosperity for all Americans. Mr. Trump’s conduct is not worthy of a candidate to the Presidency of the United States, the most powerful country in the world. All of us condemn his behavior and hope that the American people will no longer tolerate his absurdities.
Héctor Abad Faciolince
Ramón Díaz Alejandro
Francisco González Crussí
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Teodoro González de León
Roberto González Echeverría
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Antonio Santamaría García
Guillermo Soberón Acevedo
Álvaro Vargas Llosa
Mario Vargas Llosa