Vice President Mike Pence helped launch a new 2020 initiative to reach out to more Latinos and Hispanics by speaking at the first Latinos for Trump coalition campaign event in Miami on June 25.
The coalition’s goal is to mobilize the Latino community in support of re-electing President Donald Trump.
Pence greeted everyone, saying, “Hola, Miami! It is great to be back in the Sunshine State for the 2019 kick-off of the Latinos for Trump!” The crowd cheered enthusiastically, while one shouted “We love you,” to the vice president.
Pence’s speech focused on major issues such as U.S. southern border security, immigration enforcement, peace officers and their contributions to society, and the overall economic well-being of the United States.
He also said a few things on President Donald Trump’s behalf and talked about important and relevant issues the president has emphasized throughout his presidency.
“This president has stood strong with the men and women of law enforcement on every level. Including the millions of Latino and Hispanic Americans who serve on the thin blue line,” said the vice president to an enthusiastic crowd.
Pence also reminded the crowd that the president stood behind the work of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The crowd, composed of mainly Latino and Hispanic Americans, chanted, “Build that wall,” when Pence talked about border security.
Pence addressed the Hispanic and Latino communities directly. He said “Latino Americans are leading the way in this strong economy,” and the Latinos for Trump campaign will be “one of the most important coalitions” for Trump’s 2020 campaign.
The vice president brought up socialism, a subject that many from Latin American countries know painfully well.
“Latin Americans know better than most about the cost of socialism,” Pence said to cheers. “It’s impoverished generations and stolen the liberty of millions … It’s remarkable to think about what the other side is trying to offer Americans,” referring to the Democratic Party pushing its usual agenda so much harder and further to the left that it has critics claiming the Democratic agenda looks a lot like socialism.
“We’ve done so much in just two-and-a-half years, but we got a lot more to do. The truth is, with four more years of President Donald Trump it’s gonna be … four more years is gonna mean more jobs. Four more years means more judges. Four more years and we’re gonna fix that broken immigration system. And in four more years, we’re gonna drain that swamp!” said Vice President Pence, as the crowd roared enthusiastically.
“All Americans everywhere draw inspiration from the Latino Americans’ steadfast love for liberty. We do. And I promise you from the first day of this administration President Trump has been fighting for the values that are really synonymous with Hispanic and Latino Americans. Hard work, faith, family, freedom, education choice, and the American dream,” he said. This drew long applause and cheers.
Pence said President Trump has promised to “unleash the full potential of the Latino community by removing government burdens, restoring safety and security to our neighborhoods, and defend America’s interests so that all our citizens can prosper. And over the last two years and a half, that’s exactly what he’s done.”
Hispanics are projected to be the largest minority group of eligible voters in 2020. That’s nearly 32 million actual American citizens, according to Pew Research Center.
@VP: “Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, in two & half short years we have the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Hispanic Americans.”
“@POTUS is the best friend that Latino and Hispanic business have ever had in the White House” #LatinosForTrump pic.twitter.com/siViyjSiaC
— Marco Gutierrez (@MarcoGutierrez) June 25, 2019
The Latinos for Trump website states their commitment is to “defend the American dream.” They created a “White House petition to build the wall at the southern border to help our border patrol agents. It’s the only way to Stop the Human Trafficking along with gun and drug smuggling.”