PHOENIX – Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Phoenix today, Arizona Latino leaders held a press call to blast Donald Trump’s failed leadership and record of broken promises for hurting Latino families across the state. During the call, State Senator Rebecca Rios (District 27), Former Majority and Minority Leader of the Arizona State Senate Alfredo Gutierrez, and Representative Lorenzo Sierra (District 19) highlighted the challenges the Latino community is facing as a result of Trump’s anti-Latino, anti-immigrant presidency. Read excerpts from the call below.
Criticizing Trump ahead of his trip, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said, “The effects of his words should carry strong with Latinos, especially here in Arizona. I think it is maximum hypocrisy of Trump doing outreach to Latinos here in Arizona.”
State Senator Rebecca Rios (District 27), who represents Guadalupe, a community that has been hit hard by the pandemic: “I find it ironic that Trump will be sitting in the Grand Ballroom of the Arizona Grand [today] literally a stone’s throw away from the community of Guadalupe that I represent, that is made up entirely of Latinos and Pasco Yaqui Tribal members. A community that was devastated by coronavirus, in large part because of [Trump’s] failed response to the pandemic […] So as he sits there in the ballroom, I wonder if he even has an inkling of what his failed response has done in real time to the community right across the freeway from him […] The bottom line that many of us know is that Trump has abandoned Latino families. Joe and Kamala know the Latino community, and we know them. Trump has turned his back on Latinos every step of the way, he scapegoated Latnos every step of the way. Only with Joe and Kamala having our backs will we be able to build back better in the Latino community.”
Former Majority & Minority Leader of Arizona State Senate Alfredo Gutierrez: “The degree to which this president, in his policies, has chosen us to oppress […] And he’s continuing to do it. Today, as we sit here, the Trump administration is in the Supreme Court arguing that we should do away with Obamacare […] throwing millions of people off health care is not a solution. It is an act of hate and oppression.”
Representative Lorenzo Sierra (District 19): “[Trump] lied to the American people. He failed our workers. For President Trump who sees my community of essential workers, I don’t think he knows the difference between expendable and essential. And that’s what has made our community: expendable […] He must have seen the polls where he’s 10 points down in Arizona, trying to make up some sort of ground. And he’s trying to do that with Latino voters. He’s bringing his snake oil. It’s as if the payday loan companies are back here just trying to rip everyone off again. But President Trump — we see through your lies. We see through your incompetence. And we’re not going to take that […] We all know someone whose business has collapsed because of Donald Trump’s failure.”