Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?
Texas Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela was blunt and explicit in an open letter to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on Monday.
“Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass,” Vela wrote.
Vela, who represents a district located right on the Mexican border, was extremely cirtical of Trump’s rhetoric towards Latinos – especially his latest broadside against the Hispanic federal judge presiding over a case involving Trump University.
His fiery letter was filled with seemingly pent-up frustration at Trump’s rise.
“Your position with respect to the millions of undocumented Mexican workers who now live in this country is hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful,” the letter read. “The vast number of these individuals work in hotels, restaurants, construction sites, and agricultural fields across the United States. If I had to guess, your own business enterprises either directly or indirectly employ more of these workers than most other businesses in our country.”
And in what has become a mostly bipartisan effort, Vela chastised Trump for his comments on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over one of the Trump University fraud cases. Trump has said Curiel’s Mexican heritage should bar him from overseeing the case since Trump wants to build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants out.
“You have now descended to a new low in your racist attack of an American jurist, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, by calling him a ‘Mexican; simply because he ruled against you in a case in which you are being accused of fraud, among other accusations,” Vela wrote. “Judge Curiel is one of 124 Americans of Hispanic descent who have served this country with honor and distinction as federal district judges. In fact, the first Hispanic American ever named to the federal bench in the United States, Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, was also from Brownsville, Texas, and was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.”