Former football coach and Donald Trump booster Lou Holtz told immigrants to assimilate or else during an anti-abortion luncheon held during the Republican National Convention.
Addressing a crowd at the Republican National Coalition for Life, held to honor conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, legendary Norte Dame coach Lou Holtz charged that the number of immigrants moving to the United States was a veritable “invasion,” according to the Daily Beast.
“Become us” and learn English, Holtz reportedly urged recent arrivals to the U.S.
“I don’t want to become you,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Beast. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”
Holtz endorsed Trump ahead of the Indiana primary in May, but made no mention of the GOP candidate’s comments on immigrants when doing so. Instead, he applauded the “first class” quality of Trump’s properties.
“There are nothing but winners in Indiana,” he said in a Twitter video announcing his support. “The main reason I’m endorsing him: I played on his golf course, I stayed in his hotel. He does nothing but go first class in everything. He wants this country to be first class as well.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2016
Trump said he was “honored” to receive Holtz’s endorsement, calling him “a great guy.”