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Moment of Truth for Marco Rubio and Florida Republicans: If You Don’t Support Racism, Rescind Your Support of Trump

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It’s clear that Donald Trump is espousing an overtly racist vision for America.

Trump says a U.S.-born judge cannot be unbiased due to his Mexican ancestry. He’s also casted doubts that Muslim judge could be fair to him. Having started his rise in the GOP as a “birther” — claiming the President was not born in America, he’s also called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”

And that’s before we consider his campaign promises: round up 11 million immigrants; ban all Muslims from admission into the U.S.; revoke birthright citizenship to 4.5 million Americans;” rescind protections for 700,000 Dreamers on his first day as President; roundup Syrian refugees already resettled.

Florida Republicans who endorsed Trump, like U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and FL Attorney General Pam Bondi, have a choice to make: Continue to embrace an authoritarian demagogue who promises to divide the country along racial and religious lines and trample on America’s democratic norms and traditions; or take a stand and revoke your support for Trump.

Stand by Trump and you stand for racism. Stand by Trump and you are more interested in party and power than in defending our founding ideal that all men and women are created equal. Stand by Trump and you will be forever defined by your capitulation.

There’s no room for semantics and word games – if you have officially endorsed Trump, if you have announced you are voting for Trump, or if you are supporting “the eventual Republican nominee,” you are helping to elect Donald Trump to our nation’s highest office and own Trump’s agenda. And no, it’s not enough to “disagree” with Trump’s comments about Judge Curiel. What does it say about your priorities, your principles, and your moral convictions that you can recognize that Trump’s racism is unacceptable, yet are working to elect this man to the presidency?

As prominent conservative Erick Erickson wrote of Trump’s comments on Judge Curiel: “These were not racially tinged or racially charged attacks. This was racism plain and simple … The attacks are racist. To claim that someone is unable to objectively and professional perform his job because of his race is racism. And damn the GOP for its unwillingness to speak up on this … the Party of Lincoln intends to circle the wagons around a racist. Damn them for that.”

According to Elbert Garcia, Director of Florida’s Voice, “For many who have worked hard to realize their professional dreams, Trump’s latest comments are part of a divisive pattern that seeks to punish people for being proud of their heritage. It’s not just about calling anyone who doesn’t look like him un-American. From attacking fellow GOP Gov. Susana Martinez to discrediting the work of Indiana-born Curiel, Trump and those who follow him increasingly want to limit who can claim a right to the American Dream.”