MEXICO CITY – A group of prominent intellectuals from the Spanish-speaking world, including Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and Mexico’s Elena Poniatowska, in a public letter rejected the “discourse of hate” being engaged in by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and asked U.S. voters not to tolerate “his absurd stances.”
“His discourse of hate appeals to the basest passions, such as xenophobia, machismo, political intolerance and religious dogmatism,” said the 67 signatories, including writers, artists and scientists from Latin America and Spain.
The missive notes the accusations that Trump has made against Mexican immigrants since he announced his presidential run, when he called them “criminals, rapists and drug traffickers.”
In addition, “he has promised to deport 11 million of them and has spoken of building a big wall along the entire border with Mexico,” they said.
Trump’s comments recall the “campaigns that in the past have been directed against other ethnic groups and the consequence of which was the deaths of millions of people,” and they have sparked “physical attacks against Hispanics and calls to prohibit the public use of Spanish.”
The group warns that the magnate’s comments “not only disdain Hispanic immigrants (after which other ethnic groups could follow), but also exhibit a dangerous attitude against his opponents, whom he calls stupid or weak.”
He has accused interviewers of having underhanded motives and recently expelled from a press conference an “Hispanic reporter who posed an uncomfortable question to him,” the letter states.
In addition, it adds, “he has made rude comments about women. His bodyguards and followers attack peaceful demonstrators.”
Among the signers of the letter are Mexicans such as moviemaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, actors Diego Luna and Demian Bichir, writer Juan Villoro and poets Javier Sicilia and Homero Aridjis.
Other signers of the letter include Chilean author Jorge Edwards, Venezuela’s Moises Naim and Argentina’s Martin Caparros, Spanish professor Carlos Malamud and Cuban artist Ramon Diaz Alejandro.
Trump’s conduct “is unworthy of a candidate for president of the most powerful country in the world,” the group said, adding that it was confident that “the U.S. people will cease tolerating his absurd stances.”