Aleman: Republicans insult Latinos at their Peril

The nomination of Donald Trump has unleashed a nasty and vicious political storm on this country. Trump has called fellow Republicans ugly, a reporter a bimbo, Mexican immigrants rapist and women pigs. In fact, just this week he insulted a judge by claiming that the judge was a “Mexican” and thus was unable to effectively handle his lawsuit. This campaign has shown that Trump replaces ideas with sophomoric name calling and insults. Trump has brought out the worst resentments and bitterness in our politics to the forefront.

As the son of immigrants, I saw my parents fight every single day to achieve the American dream. I identified as a Republican but quickly became deeply disenchanted as anti-Latino, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ voices took over the party. These forces directly led to the nomination of Donald J. Trump. He began his campaign stating that Mexican immigrants were rapist and now he insults a federal judge by claiming that his ethnicity (he is “Mexican” according to Trump) is a barrier to his decision making abilities. This bravado is not new to Trump as he has consistently denigrated minorities and women.

Trump has taken aim at Latinos, women, Asian American, African Americas, Americans with disabilities and LGBTQ Americans. Trump’s approval ratings amongst these groups is universally horrendous across the board. Even so, Republican officials across the country and Orange County rally to the banner of Trump. When local officials fail to condemn Trump’s hateful rhetoric their silence is a tacit endorsement of that language. Republicans claim that they aim to increase their outreach efforts towards Latinos even as Latinos are registering in record number in order to vote against the Republican standard bearer. Trump’s nomination could make Latinos abandon the Republican Party for a generation.

Latinos overwhelmingly have a negative opinion of Trump. A recent poll stated that 8 in 10 Latinos have an unfavorable opinion of Trump. His response to these dismal numbers has been to insult a federal judge, propose a wall, propose intercepting remittances to other countries, propose the establishment of a deportation task force, and eating a taco bowl. He claims to oppose illegal immigration even as fellow Republicans pointed out the fact that Trump has employed undocumented immigrants. Trump routinely mocks Latino protestors by asking them if they are from Mexico or employed by the Mexican government. He seems to think that all Latinos are Mexicans and that we are all illegal.

Trump offers no concrete solutions to the problems facing this country, instead he seeks to blame the defenseless. His economic policies would cause a trade war and recession while his foreign policy will embolden our enemies and abandon our allies. If Republicans are serious about reaching out to diverse groups, then they must stand up to Donald Trump and denounce his rhetoric. When Trump insults immigrants and Latinos, he insults my family, my friends, my loved ones, coworkers and my community. Republicans should be focused on tearing down walls between communities, not actively building walls between us. A party that nominates a man like Trump has no place for my family and I.

Luis Aleman is the Orange County Young Democrats Political Director

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  • UnitedWeStand

    Satirist P. J. O’Rourke once observed, “Republicans are the Party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.” One fine example, is Orange county’s hero, Ronald Reagan. More than a third of a century ago, Ronald Reagan led America down a costly and unnecessary path into extreme income and wealth inequality with the 1986 tax Reform Act.
    The biggest multinational corporations do not pay corporate income taxes.

    What could the government do with all the cash that’s currently stuffed in corporate mattresses abroad? The tax dollars could be used to fix our infrastructure, which would make businesses more efficient, prevent tragic deaths, and create thousands of jobs.
    The unfortunate truth is that all politicians lie so I don’t care what Trump says!!! Its what the Republican Party has done………………and here in Orange County they built a statue of Ronald Reagan, figuratively and literally.

  • Paul Lucas

    Im more concerned with Trumps supporters. Their acceptance of his circus act is truly disturbing.

    • Cynthia Ward

      As a Republican I agree with you, Paul. Trump is not what my party is supposed to represent. But please keep in mind that many Trump supporters did not start out as Pubs. They are DTS or disillusioned Dems who jumped for the Republican party in order to support Trump. When he first began, I was horrified, and genuinely believed that rather than spend campaign money trying to convince thinking Americans that his brand of bigotry was acceptable he instead had hired extras for non-speaking crowd spots to fill his rallies, (it HAS to be cheaper to hire someone to cheer for you than to hammer enough ad campaign to convince intelligent humans to show up and cheer for that insanity) but the group-think has kicked in, and now ordinary citizens are backing Trump out of fear of Hillary. So when we assign blame for Donald Trump, look to the parties whose members jumped to register as Pubs for Trump, and then look at the party pushing a woman who is so bad that Trump looks like a reasonable alternative. And yes, my GOP has to take the blame for betraying the voters for so many years of promising “reform” and then offering only the same Crony Capitalism, and pushed middle America into the arms of someone claiming to “understand” them.

      In short, the nation is about to go through a very, very ugly time no matter how the election plays out. It will be up to every thinking American who can see through the thuggery and herd mentality to stand firm and not give in to the insanity. Even in Hitler’s Germany there were good people who chose to do the right thing, at great cost to themselves, and often at the ultimate price. In America, we read about our Founding Fathers and wonder at the level of integrity it took to stand in the face of Britain’s power and say, “No more.” Does America STILL boast of citizens of that caliber? We will find out soon, because we will need each and every one of us in the months to come. Hold on tight, a storm is brewing, and it is headed out way no matter which party takes the White House. May God have mercy on us, we are about to pay BIG for our decades of complacency.

      • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

        Brilliantly said.