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Dem rep: Trump inspires ‘racially motivated violence’

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said on Thursday GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is sowing race-based violence with his immigration remarks.

“I think you’re going to see the incidents of violence, racially motivated violence, increase in this country as a consequence of Trump’s rhetoric,” Grijalva told host Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC.

“To say this is about passion and love of nation is to try to camouflage what is a very base appeal to the worst instincts and racial division that he is fomenting in this country,” he said. 

{mosads}“It has nothing to do with patriotism,” Grijalva added. “Patriotism is shared. It doesn’t belong to any race, creed, color in this country.” 

“And for him to identify it on a racial basis I think feeds that narrative on, ‘I’m doing this because I’m a patriot.’ This is completely false and goes against every instinct.”

Grijalva’s remarks follow the release of Trump’s controversial policy outline for immigration reform last weekend.

He argued on Thursday that Trump has set back progress on immigration several years by simplifying the issue into incendiary sound bites.

“[Trump] has done an effective job of dumbing down the discussion of immigration reform,” Grijalva said. 

“He’s done an effective job of frightening most of the Republican presidential field into trying to at least accommodate this very offensive, divisive, and in instances, racist rhetoric that Trump is using,” he said. 

“In doing so, [he] has brought the conversation of immigration back to where it was eight, 10 years ago after failed attempts on the part of Congress to try to deal with immigration reform they way it should be done,” Grijalva added.

Trump this week condemned two men who invoked his name after allegedly beating a homeless Hispanic man in Boston.

“It would be a shame,” Trump said upon hearing of incident.

“I will say that the people following me are passionate,” he added. “They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”

Scott and Steve Leader are accused of urinating on a sleeping homeless man and then violently beating him during the incident earlier this week.

“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to deported,” Scott Leader reportedly told police after the pair’s arrest.

The unidentified victim was taken to Boston Medical Center and treated for a broken nose and bruising to his arms and chest.

Trump has repeatedly criticized illegal immigrants and Mexico since entering the 2016 race in June.

“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” he said on June 16 from Trump Tower in New York City. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he added. “And some, I assume, are good people.”

Detractors have since argued that such statements are derogatory or even bigoted toward Hispanics. 

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