LOWER MANHATTAN -- It was a gathering of close to 200 people, elected officials, interfaith leaders and concerned citizens on the steps of City Hall to protest GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering this country.
There was one protester who shouted "long live Donald trump and I love Donald Trump." She was removed by the NYPD.
The rally was organized by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who criticized Trump for his "Zenophobia and Islamaphobia."
But Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz says speaker Melissa Mark Viverito is the last person who should be teaching Donald Trump about American values. Because he says the speaker did not place her hand over her heart during the national anthem at a 9/11 ceremony last year.
"She has shown disrespect, rejection and apathy toward America," Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. told PIX11.
Diaz calls Mark-Viverito an "independentista" who wants the U.S. out of Puerto Rico.
The speaker's office declined to comment on the senator's statements other than to send a picture of Mark-Viverito with her hand over her heart at another ceremony.