Ricky Martin Op-Ed: Latinos Must Unite Against Donald Trump

By Kenrya Rankin Aug 28, 2015

From the moment he announced his bid for president of the United States, Donald Trump has employed what many have decried as xenophobic rhetoric and thug mentality, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and having journalist Jorge Ramos ejected from a press conference for pressing him on his immigration policy. And singer Ricky Martin has had enough. 

In an op-ed on Fusion.net (and in Spanish on Univision), he rallied Latinos to unite against Trump:

The fact that a person like Donald Trump, a candidate for the U.S. presidency for the Republican Party, has the gall to continue to freely harass the Latino community day after day makes my blood boil….

If we have been united for some things, we must be united for all. We have already proven to the United States who we are as Latinos, and that we will not allow that type of behavior. We have to stop the power that Trump feels he has over Latinos, and the xenophobic speech that he and his campaign team seem to be convinced will be successful.

Let’s prove that Latinos must be respected. Let’s not tolerate any politician using insults in the campaign. Let’s respect those first-generation Latinos that arrived in the U.S. and opened a path for all of us. Each right that we have today, we have fought for.

Read the full op-ed here. Other stars have spoken out again Trump, including Shakira, Wisin and America Ferrera.