Latino Celebrities Urge Americans Not To Vote For Any Republican Presidential Candidate
America Ferrera, Zoe Saldana, George Lopez, and other Latino celebrities, including Benjamin Bratt and Carlos Santana, have signed an opened letter asking their community to not vote for the Republicans running for president or even consider them, should the candidates change their stance on immigration. The letter states the GOP candidates “crossed a line” from which there’s “no coming back.” While most of the blame is placed squarely on frontrunner Donald Trump, the letter also takes aim at Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie.
The letter notes, “In trying to win the nomination, every one of the leading candidates dug themselves into a deep hole pandering to the anti-immigrant base of the Republican Party that idolizes Donald Trump.” It further expresses that the GOP presidential hopefuls are “capitalizing on negative stereotypes and inaccurate information about our community in order to win votes” from its base.
“Of course, this downward spiral began with Trump. From accusing Mexicans of being rapists to kicking Jorge Ramos out of his press conference, Trump has spent the entirety of his presidential bid stoking unfounded anti-immigrant fears and deeply offending our communities,” reads the letter. The signees believe that while Trump speaks on behalf of the “GOP’s anti-immigrant, anti-Latino agenda,” the real estate mogul is not the only problematic candidate. “Supposed ‘moderates’ like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio used dangerous, divisive rhetoric and proposed harmful policies in their efforts to win over Trump’s radical supporters,” claims the letter. Even Chris Christie “suggested that immigrants should be tracked like FedEx packages,” says the statement.
The celebrities who endorsed the open letter feel “the candidates cannot come back from these hardline stances.” They feel that while Trump is an “outlier for his racist remarks… The rest of the Republican presidential candidates went off the deep end with him.”
After pointing out how the Latino community has “the power to decide who wins in the 2016 election,” the stars behind the open letter stress, “Even if the eventual Republican nominee backtracks on his or her anti-immigrant sentiments, we must not forget that we’ve now seen that in the face of bigotry, the Republican candidates have chosen to turn their backs on our community.”
In addition to the open letter, Ferrera released a note via People for the American Way that read, “It’s critical that all Americans, and especially American Latinos, stand up to the misrepresentation of our communities coming from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and any other candidate running on a platform of xenophobia and fear-mongering.” She added, “The way to do that is to show up on Election Day. And that means young Latinos have to register and vote. We have the numbers and potential to make a difference.”