Half the members of Donald Trump’s Hispanic advisory board are readying their resignations Thursday, following the Republican nominee’s hardline speech on immigration policy in Phoenix, Arizona the previous night.
That’s according to another Hispanic Trump adviser, who told CBSN contributor Leslie Sanchez that 15 of the 30 board members were ready to yank their support for the billionaire.
Hispanic leader who advises Trump camp telling me half of Trump's Hispanic advisory board is ready to resign today (15 of 30)— Leslie Sanchez (@LeslieSanchez) September 1, 2016
I'm told greatest issue of contention is the false belief that "self deportation" is a viable option. Don't believe it's humane or real #2— Leslie Sanchez (@LeslieSanchez) September 1, 2016
Expectations are so high. ;) Hispanic leaders who advise camp are angry about deportation language. Feel ignored. #3 https://t.co/W3z5vyznDV— Leslie Sanchez (@LeslieSanchez) September 1, 2016
Others have calls/emails to campaign expressing concern or stating their intention #4 https://t.co/xsG7v59kg9— Leslie Sanchez (@LeslieSanchez) September 1, 2016
Folks ranting are Trump Latino advisors. Terms used: "Disgusted" "Disappointed' "Fell back to old habits." "Horrible https://t.co/TAU1EWrZp1— Leslie Sanchez (@LeslieSanchez) September 1, 2016
While some are formally considering leaving the campaign, others who are not publicly renouncing their support told Sanchez that they no longer want to be associated with the GOP nominee.
Sanchez pointed to the flip in tone from Trump’s immigration-centric events on Wednesday as one reason the Hispanic leaders are dissatisfied with the campaign.
“They were doing high-fives” with Trump’s visit to Mexico, Sanchez reported on CBSN, noting that his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto seemed respectful and presidential. “But the speech in Phoenix was an ender for them.”
“It sounded angry,” Sanchez said. “It was this dark approach... [Trump] doesn’t have compassion or a real solution and they just won’t tolerate it.”
Trump has gathered his National Hispanic Advisory Council -- which was created last month and is made up of several faith, civic, and business leaders -- just once, at a meeting in Manhattan’s Trump Tower about two weeks ago.
After the meeting, some of the Hispanic leaders present concluded Trump seemed to be open to “softening” his views on illegal immigration and the deportation of undocumented immigrants. But after weeks of muddling his message further, Trump, in a blistering speech Wednesday evening in Arizona, said every immigrant in the U.S. illegally would be subject to deportation, and he would create a “deportation task force.”
At least one Hispanic Trump surrogate has already pulled his support for the GOP candidate.
Jacob Monty, a member of Trump’s Hispanic council, immediately resigned after the speech, according to a Politico report.