Thursday, April 18, 2024

Latino Celebrities Get Out The Vote For Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive to take part in a conversation along with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, hosted by the National Defense University and CNN at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2011. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton is looking to solidify her dominance of the Latino vote in the presidential election with the launching of her campaign’s “Latinos with Hillary” initiative and is enlisting the help of high-profile Latino celebrities like Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony that can give her the added reach she needs as other democratic candidates like Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley attempt to broaden their appeal ahead of the 2016 primary season.

In addition to an appearing on-stage with Anthony during a concert in Miami last week, Hayek, in an email to Clinton supports wrote “we are one of the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing groups in the United States of America. We deserve a candidate who respects the contributions we have made to this country and understands how important it is that our community continues to thrive, all while treating us con dignidad y respeto.”

“Latinos with Hillary” is the latest effort from Clinton to shore up support in states with large Latino populations like Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Texas where the Latino vote could prove crucial to victory.

Hayek took particular aim at Donald Trump. Writing “es incredible that the leading candidate of the Republican Party has been irresponsibly campaigning, using unfounded and insulting accusations against the Latino community to win votes.”