Several top Latino surrogates for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be ready to abandon their candidate following Trump’s hardline speech on Wednesday.
A member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, Jacob Monty, decided to resign.
“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” said Monty, a Houston attorney who has aggressively made the Latino case for Trump. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”
Monty quit the board immediately after Trump’s speech in Phoenix, which featured a renewed call for the mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“When we met [earlier in August] he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers,” said Monty, one of the Latino leaders who met with the candidate at Trump Tower recently, a gathering at which Trump reportedly softened his tone toward undocumented immigrants already in the country. “He didn’t deliver any of that.”
Another major conservative figure in Latino politics, Alfonso Aguilar — who’s the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles — stated in an interview that he’s now “inclined” to withdraw his support.
Aguilar was converted from being a Trump critic who earlier this summer decided to fall in line and board the Trump train despite his reservations about the billionaires racist rhetoric toward Hispanic people. Before his decision to endorse Trump, Aguilar once called for the billionaire to drop out of the race.
Aguilar even organized a supportive letter for the Trump campaign signed by himself and other prominent Latino conservative figures. Since pledging his support, Aguilar has also made many media appearances defending Trump.
Despite rescinding his support of Trump, Aguilar says that he still will not vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“It’s so disappointing because we feel we took a chance, a very risky chance,” Aguilar said. “We decided to make a big U-turn to see if we could make him change. We thought we were moving in the right direction … we’re disappointed. We feel misled.”
Aguilar, who explained that he’s speaking only for himself and not any organization, indicated that he has not yet made a final decision, but he was deeply disturbed by Trump’s speech. The conservative continued, stating that while Trump recently promised to treat undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. in a “humane way,” he didn’t get that impression from the billionaire’s address.
“Did you hear anything in that speech that was compassionate and humane? No.”
He went on to add, “I can tell you there’s a real possibility we will withdraw support from Donald Trump because of that disappointing speech.”
It’s astounding how seemingly intelligent individuals are being suckered by such an obviously insincere charlatan of a political candidate.
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