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In A First, U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Clinton For President

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In A First, U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Clinton For President

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she visits Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton, the group’s first-ever endorsement for a presidential nominee and a rebuke of Republican Donald Trump in the middle of his party’s convention.

The Trump campaign “has gone from frankly something that was entertaining, comical, and has devolved into something that is frankly scary,” said Javier Palomarez, the chamber president and chief executive officer.

He said the group weighed in because of Trump’s rhetoric, which has angered many in the U.S. minority community. Trump has been accused of bigotry for his hard line on immigration, and many of his comments have been blasted as racist ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“It wasn’t a step that was taken easily,” Palomarez said, noting that many of the chamber’s board and members are “staunch Republicans.”

Trump kicked off his campaign last year saying Mexico was sending rapists and drug dealers across the border, and he proposed building a wall to stop them. He has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants to shore up national security and suggested an Indiana-born federal judge was unable to hear a lawsuit against his Trump University venture because the judge is of Mexican descent.

The New York businessman’s positions have angered minority groups, liberals, Democrats, and even some Republicans, who have called them racist, divisive and callous.

Among black, Hispanic and Asian voters polled in the first 15 days of July, 70 percent supported Clinton while 9 percent supported Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Over that time, 45 percent of all likely voters supported Clinton and 34 percent supported Trump.

Trump became his party’s official nominee to the presidency on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Palomarez said the Clinton campaign earned their group’s endorsement by doing significant outreach to Latinos, including asking to speak with chamber members in different parts of the country.

“I think she understands the challenges of American small businesses,” he said.

The convention had a dramatic start, as anti-Trump delegates tried, and failed, to force a roll-call vote that would record the number of delegates opposed to the New York real estate developer.

The chamber is an organization of Hispanic business leaders representing the interests ofHispanic-owned businesses nationwide. It had endorsed Clinton and Republican John Kasich in their respective primaries, the group’s first-ever such endorsements.

 

(Reporting by Luciana Lopez; Editing by David Gregorio)

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she visits Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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9 Comments

    1. dpaano July 20, 2016

      And that’s supposed to be funny…..it’s just racist!!! But, then again, that fits you to a tee!!!

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      1. JPHALL July 20, 2016

        Not racist, just stupid on his part. Many non Hispanics are putting hydraulic systems in their vehicles.

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        1. FireBaron July 21, 2016

          True

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        2. A.T. July 21, 2016

          It’s at least stereotypical. I don’t see many white suburban people with hydraulic systems.

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          1. JPHALL July 21, 2016

            True enough, but their kids are showing up at the car shows and some are even demonstrating their own rides.

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  1. dpaano July 20, 2016

    Well, Trump has alienated Hispanics, Muslims, women, and everything else in between!! This just goes to show that it gets to a point where even “staunch” republicans have to draw the line!

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  2. FireBaron July 21, 2016

    Normally, the US Chamber of Commerce will support any candidate that wears the tag (-R) at the end. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has traditionally NOT supported anyone. However, due to the rantings of Teflon Donnie against everybody who isn’t him, especially those with a higher melanin content, or those whose families last names may end in a vowel or a “-z”, a large number of the traditional GOP supporters are either remaining neutral or supporting Mrs. Clinton.
    Add to this the drive to register US Citizens who happen to be Muslim to vote, a lot of the folks who Teflon Donnie has dissed are planning on leading the drive to prevent his usurpation of the Constitution.

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