Martin O’Malley: Republicans ‘Appallingly Silent’ on Trump’s ‘Hate Speech’

Jorge Ramos calls O'Malley's immigration plan "most inclusive and progressive so far," but wonders how the 2016 hopeful will avoid same obstacles as President Obama.

While appearing on Fusion’s America with Jorge Ramos Tuesday afternoon to discuss some of the biggest 2016 issues, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley took the opportunity to take some shots at the GOP, Hillary Clinton and the Donald.

The former governor of Maryland told Ramos that “far too many” members of the Republican field are “appallingly silent in the face of this sort of hate speech” — referring to Trump’s disparaging remarks regarding Mexican immigrants.

“I think that all of us have an obligation to speak out against that sort of hate-spewing rhetoric and language when it enters our public arena,” said O’Malley, responding to a question from Facebook. “If Donald Trump wants to run for president on an immigrant-bashing platform, he should go back to the 1840’s and run for the president of the ‘Know-Nothing’ Party. I believe that sort of speech does damage to us as a nation and I believe that all of us should push back against it.”

When asked about one of the major differences between Hillary Clinton and himself, O’Malley chose to distance himself from Democratic frontrunner on immigration — calling for undocumented immigrants to be allowed to buy healthcare.

“What the hell kind of sense does that make?” asked O’Malley in regard to banning undocumented immigrants from buying health insurance even if they can afford it. Changing the current policy “will reduce the uncompensated care burden that otherwise all of us are going to pay anyway.”

Watch the interview, courtesy of Fusion.