Protesters say they will march the roughly half-mile from Trump Tower to 30 Rockefeller Center at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, ahead of the Donald Trump’s appearance on Saturday Night Live, the National Hispanic Media Coalition announced on Thursday.
The planned march follows Wednesday’s small rally organized by the NHMC, and the delivery of a petition with 522,080 signatures to NBC/Universal, demanding Trump be swapped out for another host.
“Saturday Night Live is not a news program, it is a cultural touchstone. Providing such a platform for somebody who so clearly holds false and disparaging opinions of so many segments of this country is a dangerous proposition that legitimizes Trump’s hateful views and rewards his hate speech,” NHMC president and CEO Alex Nogales said in a statement announcing the protest. Here are some photos from Wednesday.
The delivery of the petition came hours after a statement from Hispanic cultural leaders, including Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu and author Junot Diaz, criticized Trump for his view of Hispanics. “His hate speech appeals to lower passions like xenophobia, machismo, political intolerance and religious dogmatism,” a translation of the statement reads. “All of which inevitably reminds us of the past campaigns that have been directed against other ethnic groups and that have resulted in the deaths of millions of people.”
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NBC ended their business relationship with Trump, former host of The Apprentice, following controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you,” Trump said when discussing his plan for a U.S-Mexico wall. “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.”
As of this posting, Trump will still appear on SNL.