Will Trump Face Unhappy Hispanics at First New Jersey Campaign Stop?

WHYY News | May 19, 2016 | Politics
With 15 percent of the local population Latino, Mercer County is not likely to be friendly territory for Trump -- or rally-mate Gov. Chris Christie

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Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is making his first New Jersey campaign stop in an area with a significant Hispanic population. Trump and Gov. Chris Christie will appear at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory for a combined rally and fundraiser.

Lawrenceville, just north of Trenton, is in Mercer County, where the population is about 15 percent Latino. Trump’s remarks about building a border wall to stop “rapists” from Mexico entering the United States appear to have energized Latinos to register to vote, and polls show almost 90 percent do not like Trump.

Amner Deleon, a lawyer and Democratic activist in Princeton, told WHYY-FM in Philadelphia he is encouraging everyone he meets to register to vote.

“He has alienated not only the Latinos but the women, the Muslims, and pretty much anyone in the immigrant community,” Deleon said. “He definitely has the Republicans fooled.”

Money raised at the event will go to help Christie retire debt from his own failed presidential run.

The New Jersey Alliance for Working Families is using social media to invite supporters to a protest outside the armory at 4 p.m.

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