Activists protest against presidential nominee Donald Trump during visit to Des Moines

Say Trump's rhetoric is "hateful"

By Orko Manna | omanna@weareiowa.com

Published 08/27 2016 10:57PM

Updated 08/27 2016 10:57PM

DES MOINES - Today was Senator Joni Ernst's 2nd Annual Roast and Ride at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Just outside the venue, people who do not want Donald Trump in the White House held their own event.

Protesters slammed Donald Trump, calling him a biased candidate.

"Donald Trump is not the right person for this country for real," said Mohammed Jabateh of Des Moines.
 
Why do they believe that?
 
"Trump and his campaign are mainstreaming the hate movement like this country has never seen before," said LGBT advocate Michael Weeks.
 
Community activists blasted Trump for what they call his prejudice against minorities.
 
"He opposes marriage equality, and would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage," Weeks said.
 
"[They're] spreading their venom of hate in our communities, toward African Americans, Latinos, immigrants," said community activist Rudy Simms. "Today, we stand together to tell him and the Trump enablers, to stop the hate."
 
But back at the Roast and Ride, some Republicans say those claims are unfounded.
 
"I think that Mr. Trump clearly tries to be fair to people as best he can," said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. "He communicates in his own style and I think that's where some people want to criticize. I don't think anyone can say that he discriminates in any fashion."
 
But Trump himself saying, "Nothing means more to me than working to make our party the home of the African American vote once again."
 
"Donald Trump says he expects to get 95 percent of the African American vote, however, I don't see how that would occur given the acts he has committed against African Americans," said African American community leader June Owens.
 
The protesters tell Local 5, no matter the party, what is really important is getting out the vote in November.
 
"Iowa is a swing state," Joe Enriquez Henry, the Midwest region's national vice president for the League of United Latino American Citizens of Iowa. "The Latino vote and other minority votes will help determine who the next president is. We will play a significant role in the 2016 election."
 
The protesters also said when it comes to American leadership, they want a president who clearly values fairness and equality.

 

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