Erick Morillo on Donald Trump's Base: 'All White and Kind of Racist'

Erick Morillo
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Erick Morillo

Erick Morillo is as disappointed as you are in American political affairs. He sees senseless violence go unanswered. He sees the racially-charged unrest of a nation growing, and the income gap widening, and most of all, he sees our elected officials doing nothing about it.

He knows that this country has becomes dangerously polarized, and it's going to take a lot of work to get our people to come together in harmony, but what he sees at the Republican National Convention isn't helping.

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“Do I believe Trump is the answer? Absolutely not,” Morillo says. “It's terrible to see what base he has actually ignited, people who are more into keeping America back like it was in the '50s, all white and kind of racist.”

As half the country rallies behind his xenophobia, the other half collectively shakes its head in disbelief, but if that second half isn't able to unite against its common enemy, what good will it do?

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“I really was a supporter of Bernie,” Morillo says. “I want that kind of change, and even if he wasn't going to be able to accomplish it completely, he definitely stood for something else. But, if its not going to be Bernie, obviously it's got to be Hillary. The people who say now that Bernie's not in, I'm going to vote for Trump – I don't really understand it. So basically you're going to give up all your beliefs because you don't like Hillary personally? You don't have to like her personally. You just have to believe she's going to do the best job.”

Morillo thinks Clinton's best bet to unite the liberal factions lies in her upcoming choice for Vice President.

“I really love Elizabeth Warren,” he says. “I've been following her for a while, and I was hoping that she was going to throw her hat in the ring.”

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Morillo is disappointed, and yes, he sees a tough road ahead, but he also travels the world playing hopeful music for millions of people. If there's anything he knows for sure, it's that we can come together to make a difference. We just have to educate ourselves and really try.

“I think that no matter what, we do live in the best country in the world,” he says. “I think that, hopefully, we're going to get out stuff together, but a lot of things have to change.”