White woman cites Trump, calls man ‘rapist’ and ‘animal’ in viral video

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A viral video shows a white woman berating a Latino man and his mother while doing yard work, calling them “illegals” and “rapists” and citing President Trump. 

Esteban Guzman, the man verbally attacked in the video, is a 27-year-old systems administrator and a part-time landscaper, according to CNN. Guzman and his mother, who shot the video, were doing yard work when the woman confronted them. 

“Why do you hate us?” Guzman asks in the video when confronted by the woman.
“Because you’re Mexicans,” the woman responds.
“We’re honest people right here,” Guzman says back.
“Yeah, rapists,” the woman continues. “Even the president of the United States says you’re a rapist.” {mosads}

Guzman, who was born in the U.S. and grew up in Southern California, talked about the encounter during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday night. 

“I’m not that person that, you know, that the president of the United States says I am,” Guzman said he told the woman. “People look at me and they see what he said on TV and that’s not true. That’s not true for any of us.” 
He went on to say he was proud of how he reacted in the encounter.
The video has since garnered more than 2 million views. 

Trump has said multiple times that Mexico isn’t sending it’s “best” people when immigrants come to the U.S., most notably during a campaign rally in June 2015.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said at the time. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Guzman told CNN that Trump’s language has empowered people to confront others in the way he was confronted.
“I feel like people are a little more entitled to say, ‘Hey … go back to Mexico,'” he told CNN. “And I’m like, why? I live here. I have a mortgage here.”
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