Las Vegas, NV – On the eve of his first general election visit to Nevada, Democrats held Donald Trump accountable for his disqualifying history of misogynistic insults towards women, racist attacks against the Latino community, anti-Muslim bigotry, lip service to our nation’s veterans and disrespect for workers at his own hotel in Las Vegas.
KLAS Las Vegas: Nevada Democrats Slam Divisive & Dangerous Trump
KTNV Las Vegas: Nevada Democrats Blast Trump Ahead of Las Vegas Visit
KSNV Las Vegas: Democrats come out swinging before Trump arrives
BY JEFF GILLAN
FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH 2016
Trump-Force One hasn’t even touched down yet.
No matter. Nevada Democrats aren’t waiting.
“Every Nevada Republican who lines up behind Mr. Trump this year, endorsing him as President – they are endorsing blatant racism,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, D-Clark County, at a “prebuttal” held by the Nevada Democratic Party. The event, Friday morning, included Congresswoman Dina Titus, Masjid Ibrahim Director Dr. Aslam Abdullah, Nevada Democratic Veterans and Military Families Caucus Treasurer Steven Horner, and Carmen Llarull, a housekeeper at Trump’s Las Vegas resort.
Trump’s campaign rally is 11 am Saturday at Treasure Island. It’s in Congresswoman Dina Titus’ district.
“He is bringing his message of hate and prejudice, bigotry and disruption to Nevada. And we frankly, just don’t want to hear it,” said Titus.
This is Trump’s first Nevada visit since he cleaned up the Republican competition in the Nevada caucus on February 23rd and his first visit since becoming the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. He arrives here as the GOP is still trying to coalesce around a nominee nobody saw coming. Trump has remained true-to-form: tough-talking, unafraid to let chips-fall-where-they-may.
The Sunday attack at a gay bar in Orlando, the nation’s deadliest mass-shooting, once again gave Trump an opening to talk about what he sees as the failed war on terror. The attack carried out by a Muslim-American, gave Trump an opening once again to say his approach, which would include banning Muslim immigrants, was correct, even though a ban would not have stopped the Orlando incident.
A ban would be misguided say those at Friday’s Democratic event.
“Muslim Americans are the first line of defense against terrorism and they have played that role since 9/11,” says Masjid Ibrahim’s Abdullah, “and they would continue to play it because at stake is their own safety and their own security and their own presence in this country.”
“How would they jeopardize their interest by not reporting, by not standing against terrorism,” said Abdullah.
Trump’s hard-line approach to illegal immigration, which includes a wall with Mexico, came under fire from Olivia Diaz, the Democrat’s Hispanic Legislative Caucus Chair in the Assembly.
“The fact that Donald Trump doesn’t see me or my family as real Americans makes him unfit to be President,” said Diaz.
News 3 reached out to the Trump campaign but did not receive a response.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Democratic leaders continue to denounce soon-to-arrive Trump
By COLTON LOCHHEAD
Posted June 17, 2016 – 6:38pm
Nevada Democratic leaders continued to denounce Donald Trump on Friday, a day before the presumptive presidential nominee’s schedule rally in Las Vegas.
Standing next to a not-so-flattering picture of Trump during a press conference at the Nevada Democratic Party’s headquarters in Las Vegas, Rep. Dina Titus ripped Trump for spreading a message that “denigrates immigrants, minorities, women, and the disabled.”
“This,” Titus said pointing to the angry-faced Trump picture, “is not the face of America.”
Trump recently renewed his push to ban Muslim immigrants following a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead and 53 injured. Those remarks come less than two weeks after Trump tried to have federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel removed from a lawsuit against Trump University because of what Trump called the judge’s “Mexican heritage.”
“It’s a message that ferments hostility and threatens to roll back the progress we have made over the last 50 years,” Titus said.
Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, D-North Las Vegas, joined Titus in criticizing Trump’s stance toward immigrants and their families.
“Donald Trump’s open animosity towards Mexican-Americans disqualifies him point blank to be our president,” said Diaz, who was born in Nevada to parents who emigrated from Durango, Mexico.
Diaz blasted the Nevada Republican who have endorsed Trump, saying that doing so is “endorsing blatant racism.”
Titus thinks Trump will be his cause his own downfall by further alienating groups like Muslims and Hispanics as the election cycle draws on. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Trump as being overwhelmingly disliked by minorities.
Trump has routinely said he is not racist, and recently told The Washington Post that he is “the least racist person you have ever encountered.”
A representative from the Trump campaign didn’t return a call seeking comment by press time.
Published Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 6:31 a.m.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is holding a campaign event at a Las Vegas Strip casino.
The Nevada State Democratic Party organized a press conference criticizing Trump on the eve of the visit. Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, whose district encompasses the Las Vegas Strip, said Friday that Trump’s message embarrasses Americans at home and endangers them abroad.