Latino Republicans are sick and tired of The Donald and Ted show, and want to put an end to the notions of mass deportation and ending birthright citizenship.
Months since Donald Trump sparked outrage with his comments about Mexican immigrants, about two dozen of the nation’s top Hispanic conservative activists are joining forces to respond and issue a warning to the Republican Party.
The activists plan to meet on Oct. 27 in Boulder, Colo., the day before GOP presidential candidates meet in the same city for a debate hosted by CNBC. Plans for the “unprecedented gathering” have been in the works for several weeks, according to organizers, who shared the details first with The Washington Post.
Attendees will be “the people and organizations the RNC and GOP campaigns count on to engage the Latino electorate,” said Alfonso Aguilar, head of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership and a lead organizer of the meeting. “We’ll discuss the tone of the primary, comments about the Hispanic community and some of the immigration proposals that have been made.”
After the meeting, the group plans to hold a news conference to “identify several candidates that will not have our support and who we are certain that if they become the GOP nominee will not get enough Latino voter support to win the general election,” Aguilar said.
The meeting will include representatives of the LIBRE Initiative, a group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers that is building conservative grassroots support among Hispanics. Also in the room will be leaders of the Latino Coalition, a national organization of Hispanic business leaders; the Hispanic Leadership Fund, a conservative group; the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Latino evangelical organization that has hosted events with several presidential candidates; and veterans of past GOP campaigns and presidential administrations.
Aguilar said they will focus especially on the comments and proposals of Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) among others. Trump sparked outrage for suggesting in his announcement speech that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are criminals and rapists, while Cruz credited the New York businessman for raising the issue of immigration and refused to condemn the comments.
It’s hysterical (and actually pretty dark) that Latino Republicans actually think they still have any political power whatsoever at the national level, because national Republicans running for President and leading the party in Washington are trying to do everything they can to be as racist as possible in order to get more votes by throwing these same voters under the bus whenever possible.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s working. Right now a majority of Republican primary voters are perfectly okay with candidates that are massively racist and Islamophobic on top of having a completely ignorant view of even the most basic tenets of civics and government, which makes perfect sense because they match the views of your average Republican primary voter.
I wish all the luck in the world to these folks trying to turn the GOP around and who knows, someday we may have two sane political parties again, but it’s sure as hell not going to happen in 2016, even if you do hitch your wagon to the Koch Brothers gravy train.
If you still have difficulties seeing why “I’m going to deport millions of them” is a winning strategy with the party that you want to belong to, then good luck with that, guys. You’re gonna need it.