“Having a kid, I thought, what if my son was 10 years old?” she said. “How do I explain that this guy who is running for president doesn’t see you as an American because your family’s from Mexico?” Bettina Inclan-Agen
Bettina Inclan-Agen has devoted her career to Republican politics. She is the daughter of a Cuban mother and a Mexican father, and this time four years ago she was overseeing the Republican National Committee’s outreach to Hispanic voters.
Today she doesn’t know if she can support her party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
“This is the first time in my life that I don’t know what to do,” Inclan-Agen said about voting in November.
“The thing that bothers me the most were his comments about the judge,” she said, referencing Trump’s statements that a Mexican-American judge was biased because of his heritage.
“Having a kid, I thought, what if my son was 10 years old?” she said. “How do I explain that to him? How do I explain that this guy who is running for president doesn’t see you as an American because your family’s from Mexico?”
Trump desperately needs a strong showing with the Latino community if he is to have a chance in the general election. But without top Latino Republican officials amplifying his message or activating their networks of donors and supporters, an already difficult task may become nearly impossible.
For this story, The Huffington Post interviewed and surveyed public statements by 49 of the country’s most influential Latino Republicans, as identified by the conservative site Newsmax. Three-quarters of them either explicitly stated they are not currently supporting Trump or would not comment on his campaign at all.
Of the remaining 11, three said they will support “the Republican nominee” without citing Trump by name, and five others said they support Trump despite having major reservations.
That leaves just three of 49 who are willing to support Trump by name with no major reservations: Jennifer Korn, deputy political director at the RNC; Rep. Alex Mooney, a tea party-backed freshman congressman from West Virginia; and Gus Barreiro, a former state legislator from Florida.
To read full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-latino-republicans_us_5771a73ae4b0f168323aae61
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