The New York Times reports that Ruth Guerra, who’s the head of Hispanic Media Relations for the Republican National Committee, has decided to resign due to a conflict of interest with the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In other breaking news, the RNC actually has a Hispanic Media Relations department.
According to the Times, Guerra has expressed lingering discomfort when comes to working with Trump:
Ruth Guerra, who is of Mexican descent and was in charge of carrying the party’s message to Hispanic voters, … told colleagues this year that she was uncomfortable working for Mr. Trump, according two R.N.C. aides who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the difficulties surrounding the party’s presumptive standard-bearer.
It is relatively rare for party staff members to leave the national committee in the midst of a presidential campaign unless they are going to work directly for the nominee.
Meanwhile, a report from the Boston Globe suggests that Guerra is one of many Hispanic Republican voters opting off the “Trump Train” before November.
Chairman of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans, Artemio Muniz considers himself a proud Republican, who’s also the son of two Mexican immigrants.
However, like Guerra, Muniz says that he will not be voting for Trump this fall citing Trump’s unapologetically racist and xenophobic rhetoric against Latinos:
Donald Trump comes across as a villain in a telenovela,” Muniz said, referencing the Latin American soap opera genre. “He fits the stereotype to a T. They don’t need ominous music or a translator
Trump also recently made headlines by attacking New Mexico’s Hispanic Republican Governor Susan Martinez during a visit to her state. Martinez, who’s New Mexico’s highest ranking Republican official, has yet to endorse Trump.
In March, Gallup polled Trump’s unfavorability among Hispanics at around 77 percent, which was higher than both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders combined.
Among Hispanic Republicans Trump polled at 60 percent unfavorability, which was still worse than Clinton and Sanders.
Those are historic numbers,” said Florida-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. “He should be very concerned, especially in a swing state like Florida with significant numbers of Latino voters.
Across the country, conservative Hispanic voters feel that with the nomination of Trump, the Republican party has finally “jumped the shark” regarding its disenfranchisement of Hispanic voters.
Now many of those conservative voters face the possibility of voting for a Democrat or third party candidate. And some may even consider not voting for the first time in their adult lifetimes.
I’m heartbroken,” Guillermo Arauz, a conservative Mexican immigrant, said. “It breaks my heart that a party that has been honorable and decent and has conservative beliefs has allowed what I would say is a circus master to be the de facto leader.
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