Trump's 'Saturday Night Live' gig draws ire of activists, say appearance legitimizes 'racist' views

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November 8, 2015 05:55

 
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NEW YORK - Latino activists protested outside NBC's New York studios on Saturday ahead of Donald Trump's appearance as guest host of "Saturday Night Live," saying the network was legitimizing the Republican presidential hopeful's "racist" views on immigration.

The protest started at the billionaire developer's Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan and then participants marched a short distance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where the broadcast of the live comedy sketch show would begin at 11:30 p.m.

The former reality TV star outraged many Americans in June when he described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers in announcing his candidacy. While he has made illegal immigration a main campaign theme, Trump has also said many of his employees are Hispanics and that they love him.

"Immigrants are not the enemy," Karina Garcia, a volunteer with activist group The Answer Coalition, told the crowd at the protest as she stood with the flag of Mexico draped around her neck.

Protesters waved signs that read "This Is the Face of Racism" and "Dump Trump" as they chanted outside NBC's 30 Rock studios in New York.

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