Bronx native and, along with AOC – who represents a portion of it – Congressional representative Ritchie Torres has called out Trump’s rally yesterday in Bronx’s Crotona Park for what it was, a relatively small gathering of “transplants” that are in no way representative of the demographics of the New York City borough – which is made up of more than 90% minority populations. As you can see from the photo above, the rather lonely looking black couple near the center of the shot are surrounded by a sea of white faces.

As Torres said – “not of the Bronx”.


“Bronx native Ritchie Torres represents New York’s 15th congressional district which covers most of the South Bronx. The Congressman’s biography emphasizes his hardscrabble Bronx upbringing, colored by a strong sense of the haves vs. the have-nots and shadowed early by the imprint of a New York real estate mogul named Donald Trump.

“While Ritchie grew up with mold, lead, leaks, and no reliable heat or hot water in the winter,” it reads, “he watched the government spend over $100 million dollars to build a golf course across the street for Donald Trump.”

This week Torres is amplifying a video (below) from former President Trump’s rally in the South Bronx — and reporting that the crowd demographics don’t fit the profile of his borough: “Donald Trump’s rally may be IN the South Bronx but it is not OF the South Bronx. Bluntly put, the Trump transplants are much whiter than the locals of the South Bronx, which is almost entirely Latino and Black.”

According to the NYU Furman Center, in 2022 there were an estimated 1,379,946 people in The Bronx, of which 3.9% identified as Asian, 28.2% identified as Black, 56.6% identified as Hispanic, and 8.3% identified as White.”

Torres originally posted the money quote on Twitter, along with the video the top photo was taken from…

Quite likely 🙄.

Where? Sheesh.


Earlier in the day, Torres took to the pages of The New York Daily News to skewer Trump and House Republicans before the rally…

“Born and bred in the Bronx, I grew up in public housing (i.e. “the projects) right across the street from the formerly named “Trump Links,” a gilded golf course subsidized by more than $100 million in corporate welfare from New York City’s government coffers. (Free market-capitalism for thee but not for Trump, who never seems to be held to the same standard as the rest of us).

The construction of Trump Links on Ferry Point Park, long neglected, symbolically brought with it a skunk infestation to Throggs Neck Houses, where I lived until my early 20s. It would be fair to say that I have been smelling, both literally and figuratively, the stench of Donald Trump long before he became President.

The odious Donald Trump is returning to the Bronx, which, despite all the progress it has made, remains one of the poorest counties in the nation. One of the reasons for the persistent poverty of the Bronx has been the far-right fanaticism that Trump himself embodies. From the moment he entered politics, Trump has been waging war on the American poor, targeting anti-poverty programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which feeds 40 million Americans.

Congressional Republicans, who take marching orders from Trump, have long been on a crusade to “starve the beast” and dismantle the social safety net on which hundreds of thousands of Bronx families depend for their survival. During the right-wing brinkmanship that put at risk the full faith and credit of the United States, House Republicans made it their mission to slash the SNAP program, even though it offers an average of $2 a day. Slashing a $2 food budget is not about sensibly reducing the deficit. It’s about senselessly inflicting pain on the poor, whom Republicans have long caricatured as undeserving “welfare queens.”

To put a finer point on it, in the same week that Trump plans to desecrate Crotona Park in the Bronx, his enablers back in D.C. — House Republicans — have unveiled a farm bill that proposes the steepest cuts to SNAP in nearly three decades.”

And now the skunks have returned.

And while there were, perhaps, more folks of color at the rally estimated as between 5,000 to 8,000 souls, it is readily apparent from all available photos and video that the vast majority of attendees were lily white.

Just another example of Trump trying to sell himself and his campaign as something they are definitely not, while demonstrating exactly who they are…

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