An influential Hispanic advocacy group is backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination–and, in doing so, left a stringing criticism of Donald Trump.
La Raza, which means “the race” in Spanish–which should tell you volumes about their view of race relations–attacked Trump, after Trump criticized Bush for speaking Spanish.
During his Spanish-language address in Miami, Bush said, “El hombre no es conservador,” about Donald Trump–translated to “the man is not conservative.” Bush, whose wife is a Mexican-American, is fluent in Spanish and has made outreach to Latinos a key component of his campaign.
In English, Bush added, “Besides, he tries to personalize everything. If you’re not totally in agreement with him you’re an idiot, or stupid, or don’t have energy, or blah blah blah.”
Trump responded that Bush “should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
La Raza affirmed their support for Bush by goign after Trump: “Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters,” said La Raza spokesperson, Lisa Navarrette. “Today is no exception.”
La Raza has backed comprehensive immigration reform–including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s now-scuttled bill that would give citizenship for illegal immigrants and increase the levels of legal immigration.
It’s clear that La Raza has found their dog in the fight–and it’s clear that Donald Trump hasn’t earned any friends among Latinos.