Before Donald Trump is once again able to spread his hateful rhetoric during tonight’s third Republican presidential debate, two dozen powerful Latino conservatives have banded together to spread a simple message: Either you’re with us, or you’re not. The group – made up of members from Latino Coalition, Hispanic Leadership Fund, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, among others – told GOP candidates that more insulting comments will result in a loss of support, according to the Huffington Post.
“We want candidates to know: We’re monitoring your language. We are monitoring what you propose. And we’re going to hold you accountable,” said Alfonso Aguilar, head of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership. The group also made it clear that they were speaking out to make themselves a more visible part of the conversation.
Rosario Marin– treasurer of the United States during George W. Bush’s presidency – had zero pelos en la lengua in her message. “Heed our warning. Don’t expect us to come to your side during the general election,” she said. “You are not with us now, we will not be with you then. You don’t need our vote now, you won’t have it then. You insult us now, we will be deaf to you then. You take us for granted now, we will not recognize you then.” Marin didn’t call anyone out by name, but her comments were very obviously about the Voldemort (“I will not dirty my mouth by pronouncing his name”) of this election.
For now, according to Aguilar, the group is going to focus on Trump, and they plan to once again meet before the December debate. Democrats like Eric Walker felt that the warning was weak and that other candidates should also be criticized.
Meanwhile, Trump got his feelings hurt.
After a great evening and packed auditorium in Iowa, I am now in Colorado looking forward to what I am sure will be a very unfair debate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2015