Florida Republican Hispanic spokesperson leaves because of Trump
It’s getting more and more difficult to defend him.
Wadi Gaitan took the helm of the communications department for the Florida Republican Party in May 2015, fresh off making House Republicans more well-known on Spanish-language media.
His plan was to work toward flooding Florida with the message, tone, and care that would aid Republican efforts to wrest back control of the presidency.
Donald Trump cannonballed into the presidential race a month later.
Now after more than a year of comments by Trump that have roiled the Hispanic community, and after one of the worst weeks of his campaign, Gaitan has decided to leave the Florida GOP to join the conservative LIBRE Initiative.
“I’m thankful for my almost two years with the Florida GOP, however, moving on gives me a great, new opportunity to continue promoting free market solutions while avoiding efforts that support Donald Trump,” Gaitan said in a statement to BuzzFeed News, declining to comment further.
But friends of his say the operative of Honduran descent could not stomach supporting efforts to elect Trump any longer.
“His job was getting difficult with the indefensible things being said about immigrants,” said one friend who spoke with Gaitan at the Republican convention.