"Mr. Trump’s indiscriminate vilification of an entire community and of numerous other communities, his condoning of violence against people because of their race and ethnicity, his constant efforts to create division, and his fomenting of bigotry make it impossible for us to provide him the platform that NCLR has uniformly made available on a nonpartisan basis to all qualified candidates for president in prior years.Warren, a surrogate for Clinton, will address the conference at 2:30 p.m. That will be followed with an education panel from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. at 3:15 p.m.
The bottom line is that Mr. Trump has—without relent and without apology—engaged in a concerted effort to denigrate and demonize not just immigrants, but the entire 55 million-plus Latinos in this country, beginning with his kickoff speech through this month’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Simply put, Mr. Trump has not earned the privilege of our platform.
And because we are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, we are also unable to extend an invitation to presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. While it is unfortunate that our attendees will be unable to hear from the candidates since we believe that our community and electoral process is best served when both parties are competing for the Latino vote, we stand proudly behind this decision."
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