Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino were among the first New Jersey Republicans to announce they are abandoning the party in response to racist’ comments made by Donald Trump.
The New York billionaire has waged a campaign rife with racially charged statements and sexually inappropriate remarks, which have gained phenomenal levels of attention that attracted Americans who would predictably have found them repugnant.
Canestrino and Labrosse said Hackensack’s diversity among nearly 44,000 residents in 2014, includes about 17,000 were foreign-born, and 12,600 residents spoke Spanish at home, according to census data.
“Hackensack is a very diverse city, and diversity has always been our strength,” Canestrino said, with Labrosse noting the city’s large Hispanic population.
Trump has made derogatory comments about Hispanics, Muslims and women throughout his campaign.
After U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel made rulings against the fraudster’s interest in a lawsuit on Trump University. Trump called the Latino judge a “hater” and referred to him as “a Mexican,” even though Curiel was born in the United States.
“Hackensack is a very diverse city and we respect all of our residents regardless of their race or heritage. The divisive and racist statements that Trump keeps making are insulting to many of our people and completely unacceptable,” said the two elected officials in a statement. “We don’t want a young student in one of our schools hearing these things and believing that their own elected officials are supporting these types of statements.”
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