She went from Trump hater to Trump supporter, just like that.
Jorge Ramos sat down with the Republican National Committee’s Director of Hispanic Outreach, Helen Aguirre Ferre. Since taking her position as the head of Latino outreach, Aguirre Ferre has spent several interviews walking back negative comments she’s made about Donald Trump. Unsurprisingly, that is exactly what she did in her recent interview with Ramos. During the interview, Ramos shows footage from a previous interview Aguirre Ferre gave to “Al Punto” where she went in on Trump. Not only did she say he is “uncomfortable with a strong, independent woman,” she even claimed that he was doing more damage than good for the party.
“For me, Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. Donald Trump wasn’t Republican until very recently. He’s been a Democrat all his life,” Aguirre Ferre previously said.
When pressed by Ramos to tell him whether or not she still agrees with that statement, she did what every other Republican has done. She attacked Hillary Clinton. She also proved that her words are malleable by praising Donald Trump on his value and respect of women because he let his daughter run the company while he campaigns. Such a different tone towards Trump in such a short amount of time.
“Jorge, like I have repeated to you, what we have seen from Trump on the level of his business, how he acts, how he behaves with women in his business,” Aguirre Ferre told Ramos. “You can see that he has highlighted the female role, and, importantly, in his business he has lifted up the role of the women in an extraordinary way to the executive level.”
When asked if she has met Donald Trump in person since being hired by the RNC she responded, “I haven’t met Donald Trump in person.”
Julián Castro is one of two Democrats running for president from the state of Texas. As a member of the Latino community in Texas, the shooting in El Paso was personal for Castro. With the shooting fresh in everyone’s mind and Latinos in Texas arming themselves for protection, Castro released a new message for Trump. The message places the blame for the shooting and anti-Latino sentiment squarely on Trump and his dangerous rhetoric.
Presidential hopeful Julián Castro has a message for Trump about his hateful and dangerous anti-Latino rhetoric.
“President Trump,” Castro starts.
“You referred to countries as shitholes. You urged American Congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from. You called immigrants rapists. As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists. Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family. Words have consequences. Ya basta.”
The message is being received with support from people concerned about the rhetoric.
There has been a documented uptick of hate crimes targeting Latinos since Trump took office. His own rhetoric calling immigrants rapists and criminals as well as saying Latinos are invading the U.S. has stoked anti-Latino sentiment throughout the country.
The ad comes at an important time as even U.S. citizens are being targeted by immigration enforcement because of their skin color, names, or language.
Recently, an American teenager was released from an immigration detention center after spending three weeks detained. Francisco Erwin Galicia was born in Dallas and presented his Texas ID, birth certificate, and social security card when going through an immigration checkpoint. Despite the government-issued documentation, immigration officials refused to believe his citizenship and detained him for 23 days where he lost 26 pounds because he was starved and he almost self-deported because of the inhumane conditions.
Castro’s words are ringing true for a lot of Latinos who have felt the attitude toward the community turn hateful and unwelcoming.
Social media has been filled with videos and posts about people being told to stop speaking Spanish in public. Military personnel, restaurant managers, and everyone else has been harassed by people telling them to stop speaking Spanish because they are in America and need to speak English. However, these people seem to forget that there is no official language for the U.S. so the argument is deeply rooted in xenophobic hate.
People are paying attention to Castro’s new ad and him holding Trump’s rhetoric accountable.
Castro is speaking to and on the same frustrations and fear that has many in the Latino community living on the edge. The Trump administration continues to push through policies that have a direct impact on the Latino community and claim it isn’t targeted. The gaslighting from the administration is not a mystery. It is clear as day that the Trump administration’s policies, like attacking legal immigrants using benefits, are clearly targeted at the Latino community. The fact that the administration has to release statements saying they aren’t targeting Latinos is telling of their true motives.
The new ad is convincing people to give Castro more attention in the current presidential race.
Castro is at risk of not making the next debate, scheduled for Sept. 13 – 13 in Houston, Texas. The Texas politician is close to qualifying for the next debate but is short when it comes to the qualifying polls.
Candidates need at least 2 percent support in four qualifying polls and at least 130,000 individual donors. There have to be at least 400 donors in 20 states.
Watch Castro’s full video below!
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Wednesday’s Democratic debate was definitely more heated than some of the previous editions. Within minutes, several candidates were already lading attacks against those considered to be the front runners in the race, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Harris took attacks for her “middle of the road” health care plan while Biden took shots from all sides on all sorts of issues from his record on crime, immigration, and abortion rights.
Here are some of the highlights from last nights blockbuster debate:
Many are saying that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris we’re the main event last night.
And if you watch most news coverage, you’d probably think the same. Each of them came under fire for previous performances and policies.
Thanks to a now-viral attack against Joe Biden on the part of Kamala Harris, when the two took the stage together, Mr. Biden shook her hand and joked, “Go easy on me, kid.” But she didn’t. And neither did anyone else. But despite that, Joe Biden came out performing much better in this debate than he did in the first.
Pretty much every candidate on last night’s stage came for Biden’s record. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, on deportations; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on criminal justice; and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York on gender issues.
In his closing statement, he seemed to confuse a text message for a URL. “Go to Joe 30330
But Sen. Gillibrand also had her moment.
She landed one of the debate’s most memorable lines. “The first thing that I’m going to do when I’m president,” she said, “is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office.” Twitter reported it was one of the top three most talked about moments of the night — and the only one not involving a dispute between two candidates.
Fresh off a widely celebrated performance at the first debate, Julian Castro had a lot of pressure to keep the momentum.
And it appears that he was successful. Last night marked he second night the former San Antonio mayor has stood out — in a good way. He probably had the line of the night, hitting back on Biden with this hammer: “It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t.” Castro was forceful and effective on immigration.
The challenge for Castro now is to qualify for the September and October debates, which could be a heavy lift given his polling thus far. If Castro can make these next two debates, he could really make noise in the race.
For Biden, much of the night was spent defending his record and the record of President Obama – and Biden didn’t seem too into it.
As A former Vice President, Biden is finding himself in the firing line of pretty much every other candidate for his policies and for the decisions of the previous administration.
And as the eldest candidate in the race, Biden has a long track record to critique – which his opponents are very skilled at doing.
And he wasn’t the only one who wanted to refocus the debate on Trump. Sen. Harris also wanted to pivot the conversation towards defeating Trump.
Sen. Kamala Harris seems eager to get to discussing Trump and how she can help not only defeat him in next year’s election, but also undo the damage he’s done on the country. However, not everyone is prepared to turn the conversation there.
Many at last night’s debate wanted to focus squarely on Harris’ record as California’s lead prosecutor, a position the senator has come under attack for in the past.
Perhaps in one of the most memorable moments last night, Tulsi Gabbard (HI) truly came for Harris. She said “I’m concerned about this record of senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” She went on to say that Harris owed those arrested an apology.
It appeared that even Donald Trump Jr. had some thoughts on the debate.
And Comedy Central came back with the ultimate burn.
Many were upset that Puerto Rico didn’t come up even once during the debate.
Several people on Twitter were upset that in such a wide-ranging debate, not once did the topic of Puerto Rico come up for discussion. The island’s governor was just ousted in a popular uprising of massive protests after being implicated in several scandals. The island is still dealing with the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season in which thousands died. And Puerto Rico is still in a strange legal relationship with the US in which it’s not a state but is subject to US laws and pays taxes without many of the benefits of statehood.
Many will be watching to see what happens in September’s debates as the debate season continues.
So far, only seven of the current 20+ candidates have qualified for the next round of primary debates. We could be looking at a much smaller stage the next time we see them.
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