- Asian-American groups called for the support of other Asian communities to vote for Hilary Clinton instead of Donald Trump after the latter’s remarks about 'terrorist nation'
- Aside the offending label, Trump also called several countries, including the Philippines, as 'animals' and how they shouldn’t be dealt with during his rally
- The candidate’s side was still appealing to the Filipino community who happened to be the fourth-largest immigrant group
Asian-American groups expressed withdrawal of their support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after his statement about “terrorist nations” in line with his campaign against immigration.
Several leaders of these communities were outraged over Trump’s condescending call for the people of America to bar the entry of immigrants from the alleged terrorist nations simply because the government couldn’t vet for them. Included in the list was the Philippines, a known long-time ally of the United States whom he also referred to as “animals.”
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)’s Vice President Luisa Blue called for the unity and support – not only of the Filipino-Americans, but also of the Asian-Americans to join them in making sure that his rival Hilary Clinton would win instead. This was in an attempt to prevent Trump’s unimaginable actions in the future.
Blue was shocked by the lack of appreciation from the real estate mogul to the same community which has contributed a lot to their nation.
The official from SEIU, who was also a part Filipina, is one of the millions of Filipinos residing in the U.S. This makes them the fourth-largest immigrant group, especially in California where 1.5 million Philippine-Americans live.
According to her, since the 1920s, Filipino immigrants have already contributed to the work on farms and the fishing industry. Today, the workforce is dominating the healthcare industry which hires competent immigrants every year.
Even before Trump’s statement in the Portland rally, the candidate was not sitting well in the polls conducted among Asian-Americans. In fact, only 19% of them favored Trump while 61% opted to not vote for him.
With the hopes of appeasing the Filipinos that represent 4.5 percent of the total immigrant population, Trump’s surrogate Sean Reyes – also a Filipino – explained the candidate’s foul remarks during a presidential candidate forum.
He reasoned that Trump was only pertaining to the terrorist element which exists in the Philippines and wasn’t talking about the law-abiding Filipinos who will still be welcomed in their country.
After Trump's offending comments, Filipino Twitter users started the hashtag #TrumpWrongAboutFilipinos defending that the Philippines is more than just a 'terrorist nation.'
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar called the Philippines’ involvement in the list “unfortunate” and explained that Trump professed his love for the Philippines, in contrast. In fact, he already has a 57-story luxury apartment investment in Makati.