New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez: Trump leading US 'down a dark and slippery slope'

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez: Trump leading US 'down a dark and slippery slope'


By:  Jonathan Tamari
Philadelphia Inquirer

   

Sen. Robert Menendez, the chamber's most senior Hispanic member, warned Tuesday that Donald Trump is taking the country and the Republican party “down a dark and slippery slope,” urging GOP lawmakers to speak out against their presumptive presidential nominee and comparing his rhetoric to that of tyrants.

“The road to some of the darkest moments in history have been paved with the rants of petty demagogues against ethnic minorities for centuries, and now again in this century Donald Trump is echoing those same racist rants, and by doing so threatening to take this nation to a dangerous place,” Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said in a floor speech Tuesday morning.

He said racism is “page one on the dark chapters of history” as tyrants and dictators “separate us from them … in order to consolidate power for themselves.”

Menendez said he had “thought long and hard about giving this speech” but felt he had to speak out in the wake of Trump’s recent comments about a Hispanic-American judge. 

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