By LeftOfCenter;Crooks And Liars
Those of us who possess rudimentary cognitive skills can easily see that the Republican Party offers nothing for the majority of Americans, except for those who are white, male and wealthy. Since the demographics of this country are quickly shifting from a White majority to a much larger percentage of Hispanics making up our electorate, Donald Trump thought this was the opportune time to insult the living Hell out of any and every American of Latino descent.
These non-White/male Republicans wear the Republican label even though the party has treated them poorly and legislated against their own well-being. Why do they? It’s hard to say, but likely it is their appeal via their parents or their faith. The mere existence of LGBT, female, immigrant, Muslim, Black and Hispanic Republicans (to name a few) still baffles those of us who have a basic knowledge of the GOP’s objectives.
Now that Trump is the GOP’s nominee, Hispanic Republicans are in a very precarious position. How do they reconcile voting for someone who’s been downright offensive to Hispanics?
Hispanic Republicans and conservatives are increasingly anguished over whether they can remain involved in this year’s presidential election as Donald Trump continues to launch attacks on prominent Latinos and makes little effort to win their support.
Many Hispanics active in national GOP politics have been hoping for months that Trump would tone down his broadsides against immigrants and begin delivering a more welcoming, accepting message to minorities.
But amid fresh attacks by Trump on Hispanic figures, there is little evidence that such a change is coming — leading some to abandon the presidential race or the 2016 elections altogether. Just this week, the Hispanic media spokeswoman at the Republican National Committee left her job for a super PAC because she could no longer stomach defending Trump.
Ruth Guerra, the former director of communications for the RNC’s Hispanic Media was unwilling to comment personally, but people close to her easily speculated that:
The dichotomy of being a Republican paid to support a candidate who is attacking Hispanics on a regular basis proved too much for her.
“If you’re a Hispanic holding your breath and hoping for Donald Trump to get better in his outreach to Latinos, you’re going to die of asphyxia,” said Ana Navarro, a conservative strategist strongly opposed to Trump.
The list of prominent Hispanics continues to grow. Starting with the denouncement of all Mexicans, he proceeded to insult Jorge Ramos, Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, (also the head of the Republican Governors Association), and the judge of the Trump U. case, Gonzalo Curiel. Curiel could really do some damage and Trump’s obnoxious comments aren’t going to gain him any clemency.
Most recently, he verbally assailed two more Latino-American journalists for being either ‘a sleaze’ (Jim Acosta) or ‘a real beauty’ (Tom Llamas). They were targeted for holding Drumpf’s feet to the fire on the alleged veterans charity event. He excoriated the two men and the whole press corps for merely asking if the veterans ever received the money. Coincidentally, those checks were cut last week, which suggests that he would have tried to break his promise and not pay a single penny to veterans.
Repairing relations with Hispanics was one of the goals following the 2012 loss to President Obama by a pretty wide margin. That number seems as if it’s only going down.
Three years ago, bruised by Romney’s loss to Obama, the RNC commissioned a study to determine how to improve its outreach to minority voters. The 100-page report urged Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform, to focus less on social issues and to build stronger relationships with minority communities.
It ruffled more than a few feathers when a certain Louisiana Governor named Piyush gave his own take on the GOP post-mortem. Uncharacteristically for a Republican, Jindal bluntly stated, ‘It’s time for Republicans to stop being the stupid party.”
Three years later, “everything issued in that report has been ignored,” said Al Cardenas, a prominent conservative leader and longtime GOP fundraiser from Miami.
Looks like the standing of the GOP in the Hispanic Community is still on the decline. Their Draconian approach to immigration, especially with regards to Hispanics, has only hurt them. Adding Trump to the equation exponentially exacerbates their efforts to be more inclusive. Looks like they’re still ‘The Stupid Party.’ They certainly deserve that label, considering who they’ve nominated.