As the 2020 election draws closer, the Latino community has been increasingly vocal in their opposition to Donald Trump – and their rejection of his rhetoric on immigration. This comes with the backdrop of his friendly Univision interview where he talked about his “unified” vision for immigration reform.
The interview followed Trump’s previous remarks about Mexicans being “rapists” and “criminals” and sparked a backlash from Latinos who argued that television networks should not enable his anti-immigrant rhetoric by providing airtime for him to present a “united front” on the issue.
The Univision interview provoked outrage on social media and in Latino communities around the country. Many argued that the network was essentially giving Trump a platform for a “softened” version of his anti-immigration views, which will likely be a major factor in how Latinos vote in the 2020 election.
Many have argued that the Univision interview was a missed opportunity for the network to challenge Trump’s past remarks and correct the narrative he has created around immigration. Even members of Univision’s own editorial board have spoken out against what they see as a failure to push back on the president’s statements.
The anger and frustration from the Latino community has been palpable. Latinos are fed up with the narrative being presented by the president and the lack of respect for their community and culture.
Trump’s strategy of using a friendly media outlet to reach out to Latino voters may have backfired as the community has made it clear that they won’t be swayed by his attempts to show a “unified” stance on immigration. Instead, they are demanding that Trump’s policies be held accountable and that the media hold him to the standard they set for other politicians.