‘You were born in a Taco Bell’ — How Trump’s rhetoric fuels school bullies across the US

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Donald Trump seems like a perfect candidate for seventh-grade boys, says Salvatore Callesano, a graduate student in Hispanic linguistics at the University of Texas. 

“The phrase ‘build the wall’ indexes Donald Trump and his ideology. It’s been repeated so much it has been picked up by the kids. It’s a covert way of being anti-Hispanic.”

More than two-thirds of the teachers in the survey reported that their students – especially immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed worries about what might happen to them or their families after the November election. 

At a basketball game in Iowa, students from Dallas Center-Grimes chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” at Perry high school, which is nearly half Latino.

“It’s a hate word,” said Joe Enriquez Henry, Iowa chapter president of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

These are just some examples of how Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in bullying and intimidation across the US. 

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