Prominent Hispanic Republicans are hoping Donald Trump won’t win the party’s presidential nomination due to the hotel magnate’s incendiary rhetoric which they feel could ruin the party’s chances of winning the White House.
According to The Hill, freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said Trump would need to apologize over his disparaging comments about immigrants before he would even consider backing him.
That will never happen considering he did not even apologize for mocking a disabled reporter.
“He would have to start by apologizing to all the people he’s offended and for the mockery that he’s made out of the presidential campaign,” said Curbelo, who deemed Trump’s possible election to the White House to be “a bad thing for the country.”
“It would do a great harm to our country and further erode the trust of the American people in their government,” he added.
The Hill reports:
Republican insiders fear Trump would drive away Hispanic voters, a growing electoral bloc especially important in battleground states such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said many of her constituents are angry at Trump, something that bodes ill for the turnout of Hispanic Republicans if Trump wins the nomination.
“I represent an immigrant-rich community. Many of us are not happy with those comments,” she said. “Some don’t think that’s a problem. I do.”
Ros-Lehtinen, who backs former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 primary, said Trump should apologize, but noted, “He’s his own man.”
She added, however, that she would support the party’s nominee, no matter who it is.
“Whoever’s the nominee, I’m going to support him,” she said.
Former Florida Sen. Mel Martínez (R), who served as former President George W. Bush’s secretary of housing and urban development, said he hopes Trump doesn’t win.
“I’m not ready to endorse Trump, let’s put it that way,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope there are some better choices for us.”
Martínez supports Jeb Bush and contrasted his track record in public office to Trump, who has had no political experience.
“I think it’s about readiness to be president,” he said.
Donald Trump’s worst moment, according to Conservative Hispanic leaders, was when he characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.
“His most egregious action that stands for the primary reason why he is persona non grata with the Latino community, including the Latino conservative community, is the engagement of demeaning, condescending, spiteful rhetoric as it pertains to the immigrant community,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Conservative Hispanic leaders warned at a press conference in October that the GOP would attract few Hispanic votes if Trump won the nomination.
Rodriguez said that while some Hispanic leaders may reluctantly endorse him if he wins the nomination, most voters will likely refrain from casting a vote on election day.
“Will there be one or two groups that could support him? I guess. But I can tell you that the immense majority of Hispanic conservative Republican groups would oppose him, would not campaign for him,” said Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.
Trump said recently that he will announce the endorsement of a group of 100 African-American pastors and religious leaders on Monday, but that’s been cancelled after the leaders of those churches slammed him for alleging they had his support.
But Trump does have the full support of white supremacists. Yay for him, but to win the White House, he’d need the minority vote. Trump has said he’ll win the black vote but polls say otherwise. The GOP frontrunner has also said he will win the Hispanic vote. Apparently, hispanic people in his party disagree with him.
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