Dem Rep. Grijalva: Trump's "Racist" Rhetoric Fomenting Division, Will Cause "Racially Motivated Violence"

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of "fomenting" racial division and predicted his "racist" rhetoric will cause racially motivated violence to rise in the country.

"[Trump] has done an effective job of dumbing down the discussion of immigration reform, he's done an effective job of frightening most the Republican presidential field in to trying to at least accommodate this very offensive, divisive and, in instances, racist rhetoric that Trump is using," Rep. Grijalva said on Thursday afternoon on MSNBC.

Grijalva was asked by MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson asked Grijalva about an assault against a Hispanic homeless man. The Congressman said incidents like this portends an increase in "racially motivated violence." Grijalva said Trump is appealing to people's worst instincts and using "racial division" to push his position on immigration.

"Congressman, two brothers in Boston were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly beating a Hispanic homeless man," Dyson reported. "One of the men allegedly told the police, quote, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported." Trump was asked about the alleged assault last night. Take a listen to his response."

"I think you're going to see the incidents of violence, racially motivated violence increase in this country as a consequence of Trump's rhetoric," Grijalva said. "To say this is about passion and love of nation is to try to camouflage what is a very base appeal to the worst instincts and to the racial division that he is fomenting in this country."

REP. RAUL GRIJALVA (D-AZ): [Trump] has done an effective job of dumbing down the discussion of immigration reform, he's done an effective job of frightening most the Republican presidential field in to trying to at least accommodate this very offensive, divisive and, in instances, racist rhetoric that Trump is using and in doing so has brought the conversation of immigration back to where it was eight, ten years ago after failed attempts on the part of Congress to try to deal with immigration reform the way it should be done.

This dumbing down is more of a campaign tactic, this division is more of a campaign tactic and I think Trump is benefiting from being the one that is most offensive and the one furthest out there on the issue of immigration reform and basic constitutional law. The other [Republicans] are not rising to what I believe is a moral imperative to talk about this rationally...

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, MSNBC HOST: Congressman, two brothers in Boston were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly beating a Hispanic homeless man. One of the men allegedly told the police, quote, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported." Trump was asked about the alleged assault last night. Take a listen to his response.

DONALD TRUMP I haven't heard about that. I think that would be a shame, but I haven't heard about that. I will say the people that are following are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. And they are very passionate. I will say that. And everybody here has reported it.

DYSON: Congressman, what is your reaction to Trump's remarks?

GRIJALVA: I think you're going to see the incidents of violence, racially motivated violence increase in this country as a consequence of Trump's rhetoric. To say this is about passion and love of nation is to try to camouflage what is a very base appeal to the worst instincts and to the racial division that he is fomenting in this country.

It has nothing to do with patriotism. Patriotism is shared. It didn't belong to any race, creed, color in this country. And for him to identify it on a racial basis I think feeds that narrative on I'm doing this because I'm a patriot. That is completely false and goes against every instinct. And Trump while enjoying the attention [has] also contributed to the division.

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