Campaigning in the state of Maine on Thursday, Donald Trump called for hefty immigration restrictions on countries with high rates of terrorism – calling out the Philippines as one of the main sources.
Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz quickly refuted the suggestion by calling it “reckless rhetoric,” which “further proves he is unfit to lead our country.”
Trump said that “Hillary Clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands – just remember.”
Senator Shatz did not ignore the comment from Trump, as the largest single ethnic group in Hawaii is in fact Filipino. Sources say that Hawaii’s population consists of 1/4th Filipino, keeping in mind that Hawaii rarely suffers any type of terrorism and has led a higher standard of violence and crime than most mainland states.
Shatz went on to say “For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home.”
“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,” Shatz added.
Hawaii and the Philippines are in fact a major trading partner, as well as major hub for Filipino-American culture – including former Governor Ben Cayetano and pop singer Bruno Mars.
The Philippines was not the only country that came under criticism from Trump on Thursday – he also managed to call out massive terrorist countries in comparison on Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Morocco and Uzbekistan.
Shatz quickly refuted Trumps message knowing that countries like Syria, Somalia and Iraq are nothing like the Philippines.
Under fire for his lack of globalism, Trump is fighting back with insults and misspoken words on a daily basis – Thursday was just the lead in into introducing the Philippines as part of his immigration blocking plans.