Even those Latinos who haven’t been very concerned about the targeting of undocumented immigrants have sounded alarms about Trump’s belligerence toward nations that are historic friends and allies. Trump’s great wall gambit has prompted Mexico – our third largest trade partner and a huge market for US goods – to begin to prepare for the “ emergency ” the Trump presidency would precipitate.
It came as no surprise to Latinos that a recent poll conducted by Latino Decisions indicated that a full 87% of us view Trump unfavorably and 79% of us view him very unfavorably. What might have been more of a surprise was the revelation that 41% of those Latinos surveyed said they intended to vote in the 2016 specifically to stop Trump.
That 41% should have been 90% (allowing for the 9% of poll respondents who view Trump even somewhat favorably). If there ever was a time for us to mobilize to show our numbers and assert our electoral clout, this is it. We cannot allow Trump to become president. We cannot allow a person whose default understanding of Mexicans and other Latinos is so limited that he can only represent us as criminals or his Cinco de Mayo taco bowl.