- US President Donald Trump on Monday night tried to rally Hispanic voters at a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico,
- "They don't want criminals to come across the border. They don't want people to take their jobs. they want that security. And they want the wall. They want the wall, "Trump said of the Hispanic.
- In his address to CNN commentator Steve Cortez in the crowd, Trump said, "He is Hispanic, but I never invented him because he looks more like WASP than I am."
- Trump has previously faced criticism for smears against Latin American migrants in the United States.
US President Donald Trump took an ambitious step before Spanish voters in New Mexico on Monday night, a condition he lost to eight-point Democrats in the 201
"We're here because we really think. that we will turn this country into a Republican state, "Trump told Rio Rancho supporters.
He continued to boast about the low levels of Latin American unemployment under his administration, praised the Spanish Heritage Month, and stated that Hispanic Americans supported his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border to avoid undocumented immigrants from Latin American countries.
"They don't want criminals to come across the border. They don't want people to take their jobs. They want to have that security. And they want the wall. They want the wall."
During a speech, Trump began a conversation with Steve Cortez, a CNN commentator and longtime supporter of Trump's Spanish Advisory Committee and in the crowd.
"He is Hispanic, but I never invented him because he looks more like WASP than I do," Trump said.
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Calling Cortez through the arena, Trump said, "Nobody loves the Spaniards anymore. Who likes you more, the country or the Spaniards?"
Cortez's response was incomprehensible, so Trump answered for him.
"He tells the country," Trump said. "I don't know, I may have to go to the Spaniards to be honest with you. We have many Spaniards. We love our Spaniards. Go out and vote."
Trump later claimed that Spanish Americans supported his border wall because they understood the American "drug crisis" better than other Americans.
"At the heart of the drug crisis in America, here the Spaniards know it better than anyone. People said, "Oh, the Spaniards won't like a wall." I said, "I think they'll like it," Trump said.
"Do you know why? Because you understand it better than other people, but at the center of this crisis are the drugs that are poured, and you understand that when other people do not understand it."
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Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015 with the notorious press conference in which he marks migrants from Mexico trying to enter the US as "criminals" and "rapists."
His support among Hispanic Americans remains low, with a recent Pew poll finding that only about 20% of Hispanics approve of the work Trump is doing.
He is campaigning in New Mexico as part of a plan to offset the potential losses in swing states that won him victory in 2016 if they return to the Democratic Party in 2020