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“No Hate In Our State”: Wisconsinites Protest Trump As GOP Candidates To Debate In Milwaukee

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Yesterday, six Wisconsin leaders were arrested after protesting in the lobby of a hotel scheduled to host a press conference by Donald Trump today.

Tonight, the remaining Republican Presidential candidates — Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich — are also set to participate in a televised town hall in Milhaukee.

Holding signs reading “No Hate In Our State,” “First They Came For The Immigrants…” and “No Racism,” the activists chained themselves together in the lobby of the hotel in protest of the hateful rhetoric and violence stemming from the Trump campaign, and Republicans in general during the 2016 election.

Earlier this month, Milwaukee was the site of a horrific triple murder, where a man shot and killed three people after asking two of them — both from Puerto Rico — if they spoke English and telling them “You guys got to go.”

“I cannot sit by and hope that the extreme racism and nationalism Trump has incited will go away if we just ignore it,” said one of yesterday’s demonstrators. “When my family members, neighbors, and people I love- immigrants, Muslims, Black people, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities- are being targeted by violence and hateful rhetoric, the risks are too great.”

Later today, activists — including members from Voces de la Frontera, who earlier this year helped organized a massive 20,000 people in a “Day Without Latinos” action outside the state capitol — will march and demonstrate outside the site of the Republican debate tonight.

Below, images from yesterday’s demonstration.