Conservative Latino Activists Target Trump and Cruz

by Kerry Eleveld –

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) greets businessman Donald Trump onstage as they address a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 9, 2015. Both Cruz and Trump are U.S. Republican presidential candidates. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSD93

Several months after Donald Trump tagged Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “drug dealers” during his campaign launch, conservative Latino activists are starting to mobilize against the virulent anti-immigrant strain that’s infected the GOP presidential race. They’ll be meeting in Boulder, Colorado, on October 27, the day before the next GOP debate. Ed O’Keefe reports on the “unprecedented gathering:”

Attendees will be “the people and organizations the RNC and GOP campaigns count on to engage the Latino electorate,” said Alfonso Aguilar, head of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership and a lead organizer of the meeting. “We’ll discuss the tone of the primary, comments about the Hispanic community and some of the immigration proposals that have been made.”After the meeting, the group plans to hold a news conference to “identify several candidates that will not have our support and who we are certain that if they become the GOP nominee will not get enough Latino voter support to win the general election,” Aguilar said.

Attendees will include the Koch brothers-backed LIBRE Initiative, a pro-business group called the Latino Coalition, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, and the nation’s largest Latino evangelical group, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.They plan to take on both Trump and Ted Cruz, who has praised Trump for making immigration a front-and-center issue in the campaign. They both support ending birthright citizenship and have fixated on building a wall at the U.S. southern border. (That guy who supported building a wall at the northern border has exited the race.)

Perhaps most notable is the fact that the Koch brothers’ group, LIBRE Initiative, has hosted events for other GOP candidates, namely Jeb! Bush, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul. The immigration issue appears to be facilitating a proxy war between the Kochs and The Donald. Fun.



Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos