Grand Opposition Party (GOP) presidential candidate Donald Trump is suffering from political self-destruct after his controversial comment on Muslim countries, including the Philippines, hit the nerves of Filipino-Americans around United States.
On Friday, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has criticized Trump’s call for restrictions on immigrants from the Philippines and other countries with high rates of terrorism.
Honolulu Civil Beat reported that the comments did not get past Schatz. He fired back with a statement decrying Trump’s “reckless rhetoric,” which “further proves he is unfit to lead our country.”
The largest single ethnic group in Hawaii is Filipino, comprising more than one-fourth of the state population.
“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home,” said Schatz, according to Honolulu Civil Beat. “It is their vibrant culture, hard work and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”
The Philippines are a major trading partner for Hawaii, and Filipino-Americans have long been among the Aloha State’s most visible citizens, among them former Gov. Ben Cayetano and singer Bruno Mars.
The Philippines weren’t the only country that came under criticism from Trump. He also called out Iraq, Morocco, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Uzbekistan, among others.
Later on Saturday, Fil-Am groups gathered in Honolulu and urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a lifetime ban on Mr. Trump from entering the Philippines.
“Mr. Trump will never be a president of the United States of America, so it will be no problem for Pres. Duterte to declare him a Persona non Grata. He is a useless person who does not understand the US Constitution,” Benjamin Aldo, spokesman of United Hawaii Fil-Am federation talked to media on Saturday.
On Friday, sec. Martin Andanar also criticized trump comment about the “terrorist Philippines”, saying the rant was unnecessary and counterproductive.
Donald trump, a business magnate has several investments in the Philippines, including a 50-storey building which is expected to be completed this year.
Earlier this year, a petition by UK citizens to ban Trump from entering UK gained more than half a million signatures of approval, but Britain’s Parliament is still debating on the issue./Lito Cayetano/