WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Billionaire and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is not backing down from his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
In D.C. Thursday afternoon, politicians, union members and regular citizens turned out in force outside the site of Trump's next luxury hotel to protest and call for a worldwide boycott of Trump properties and TV shows.
Even the head of the Republican National Committee has asked Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric. Thursday, it was clear Trump has outraged way more than immigrants.
"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume are good people," Trump said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't mince his words, and neither did demonstrators outside his proposed luxury hotel site.
"What Donald Trump said is truly disgusting. It is disrespectful for the Latino community," said Maryland State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk. "We want to hit him where it hurts the most, in his pocket. We are a big part of this economy in the United States and we count. We matter. And we want to be respected."
Among the outraged were union members who say Trump has taken away benefits from some of his workers.
"If you do that to your employees that work for you, what will you do as a president?" asked Alonzo Williams with Local 25.
"And to me we shouldn't have a guy like this running the country," said D.C. resident Drew Biederman.
Biederman showed up because Trump's remarks deeply offended him.
"Well, I'm getting married to a Mexican-American next year."
Trump is also under fire following a Washington Post report that several undocumented immigrants are working construction at his D.C. hotel site. Trump dismissed the claim.
"I have many legal immigrants working for me. Many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them. I'll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I'll win the Latino vote," Trump said.
Trump is running near the front of the Republican Presidential field in some early primary states. He plans to campaign this weekend in Arizona and Nevada, both states with large Latino populations.
Several companies have severed ties with the business mogul, including Chef Jose Andres, who pulled his plans to open a restaurant in Trump's new D.C. hotel. Donald Trump's son responded by threatening legal action.
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