Trump’s Hispanic Board To Resign En Masse, Last Pretense Of Minority Outreach Goes With Them

After the disastrous 2012 election, the GOP sat down to try to figure out what they did wrong. They came to a couple of conclusions, foremost among which was “listen to minorities.” America is undergoing a radical demographic shift, after all; the base Romney pandered too won’t be sticking around.

Sounded good, right? Take it to heart, and they’ll be walking away with 2016 in the bag.

The average GOPer had a different idea, though. Enter Donald Trump, and exit stage right any chance of the GOP appealing to minorities this election cycle. And that’s just been further hammered home with the recent announcement that, in the wake of Trump’s bigoted immigration speech, half his Hispanic Advisory board is set to resign.


When Ann Coulter is praising a speech you made, you know you’ve got problems. And Trump has huge problems. Following his Wednesday night Reichstag speech in which the nativist know-nothing doubled and even tripled down on his immigration policies, a member of his National Hispanic Advisory Council resigned.

And Houston immigration lawyer Jacob Monty is likely just the first. A number of reports are indicating that fifteen members are set to resign in protest.

“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” Monty said. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”

Monty didn’t even hesitate; he resigned immediately following Trump’s speech.

Two other Hispanic Trump advisors said they were considering abandoning ship, with one of them, Pastor Ramiro Peña, declaring that the campaign was a “scam.”

As if this weren’t bad enough for the Trump camp, conservative pundit Leslie Sanchez announced on Twitter that she’d been tipped off that half of Trump’s Hispanic advisory board was expected to resign.

Trump has repeatedly promised to “soften” his rhetoric, but at a rally in Phoenix he tripled down on his vile anti-immigrant rhetoric. And there’s nothing unique about him — everything he represents and speaks for has been part of the GOP since Goldwater. The Republican intellectuals might have been oblivious to it, but most of us liberals haven’t. He’s just the first person with the fortitude to speak it openly without dog whistles, and that’s why he’s doing so remarkably well with the modern American bigot.

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