April 14, 2016
The Latest on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s appearance at a fundraising gala on Long Island: (all times local):
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attended a fundraising gala on Long Island in New York as about 100 people protested outside.
The event Thursday was held just blocks from where an Ecuadorean immigrant was stabbed to death in 2008 by a gang of teenagers who targeted Latinos. Protesters have said the event is a slur on the memory of the slain immigrant.
Trump told his supports he has a “great relationship” with Mexico and Hispanic people. He made no mention of the protesters who had gathered outside during his 20-minute speech.
Outside the event, police had established separate barricaded areas for Trump supporters and anti-Trump demonstrators. Police said there were no arrests.
Trump said he anticipates Suffolk County will be “my single biggest margin” in the New York’s Republican primary on April 19.
Some Latinos are decrying Donald Trump’s planned appearance at a Republican fundraiser in suburban New York days ahead of the state’s primary.
They say it opens old anti-immigrant wounds in light of Trump’s tough talk about building a wall on the Mexican border and other rhetoric.
The gala is being held Thursday in Patchogue (PACH’-awg), just blocks from where an Ecuadorean immigrant was stabbed to death in 2008 by a gang of teenagers who targeted Latinos.
Protesters say the event is a slur on the memory of the slain immigrant.
The chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Committee says said the event was scheduled more than two months ago for the location and that Trump only accepted last week.
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