President Trump is not winning much support from Latinos due to his hate-filled and divisive rhetoric. In fact, The Hill reports that a top congressional Latino group is snubbing President Trump by not inviting him to its annual convention. This unprecedented snub breaks nearly 40 years of tradition of inviting sitting presidents to the convention.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, explained his decision by saying: “The president was not invited this year based on his slanderous comments and strongly disagreeable actions for the Latino community in the United States.” The group’s main purpose is to aid in the development of young Latino leaders. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is scheduled to host its annual event later this week just before Hispanic Heritage Month.
Taking a trip down memory lane, Jimmy Carter was the first sitting president to attend the event in 1979, and every president since then has followed suit by attending CHCI’s annual event at least once — with the exception of George H.W. Bush, The Hill reports.
Trump has not yet responded to the snub. But he should not be surprised given recent events. The first strike against Trump was when he made the blanket statement that all Mexican immigrants were “criminals” during the 2016 election and repeatedly vowed to build his wall. Then, when Trump decided to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, he really lost all chance of any support within the Latino community.
Trump pardoned the controversial sheriff after he was convicted for criminal contempt of court after ignoring a court order to stop largely targeting immigrants in traffic patrols. The Sheriff also detained immigrants and was held in contempt for disregarding judges orders to stop. The Obama-era DACA program has protected about 800,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as minors from deportation. The majority of American disagree with Trump’s decision and clearly so does the Latino community.