Saturday, May 25, 2024

Comentarios from Maria: Do Not Underestimate The Republican Candidate, Instead Let’s Get Out To Vote


If you are paying attention to the polls and everything that is happening in the world of politics, you know that Donald Trump is about to be nominated for president by the Republicans. Despite this, many party leaders are not ready to support the real estate mogul.

Starting with the most recent presidents from his party, George W. Bush and George W.H. Bush, have already announced they would not support Trump or attend the Republican convention in August. Likewise, Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney, who represented the party in the last two presidential elections and lost, also said they would not support or attend the convention of Trump.

In the congress they are a little more divided as Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader in the Senate has said that he will support Donald Trump, if he is the nominee. But the same cannot be said for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, who has said that he is not yet ready to support Trump, although he is the only remaining candidate, citing differences of opinion on various subjects.

Despite the division among Republicans when it comes to Donald Trump, the vast majority of them will support him in the end; it’s just a matter of time. Last Thursday, Donald Trump came to Washington to meet with Republicans in the House of Representatives, Senate Republicans leaders and the chair of the Republican Party. Important meetings since Donald Trump would become the leader of that party once he is officially nominated in Cleveland this summer.

Once in Washington the businessman was welcomed, as is usual with protests against his brand of racism and xenophobia. Something curious is that one of the reasons why Paul Ryan and Donald Trump did not see eye to eye is Trump’s divisive rhetoric that is ruining the Republican Party. Denying entry to Muslims into the United States and threatening to build a wall along the southern border are issues that concern the Republican Speaker of the House.

Last week, a fun fact was released which stated that since Donald Trump announced his candidacy, it has increased the rate of which people are getting naturalized. In the first three months of this year, the number of Hispanics registered to vote grew twice compared with 2012 in California. In the state of Texas, ceremonies to become citizens have grown a little more than 2,200 per month. The good news is that 80 percent of these new citizens also are registering to vote, many of them driven by the danger of a Trump presidency.

Despite all the protests, we cannot take anything for granted in this election. After being named as the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump is tied in some state polls with Hillary Clinton. This means that Donald Trump could become president if we do not take him seriously.

Not only is it taking him seriously, but we also have to sign up and get out the vote in November, all of us united, something which is already beginning to happen within our community.

The original article can be found on The Washington Hispanic