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A few dozen middle-aged Hispanic women got together Wednesday night at Trust & Co. in Coral Gables, Florida to sip cocktails and politely discuss politics.
No, this wasn’t a Hillary Clinton fundraiser (that wouldn’t have been nearly as polite), but rather a gathering of a group called Latinas For Trump!
Founded by 44-year-old Coral Gables attorney and local television personality Ileana Garcia as a way for Latina Trump supporters to discuss issues and find fellowship with each other, the small but determined group has begun to receive media attention based on the simple but delicious fact that they are defying conventional liberal stereotypes, particularly that only white males support Trump.
Although the gathering was generally low-keyed, a couple of members were spotted wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
Most of these folks admit to supporting Obama in 2008, but they also consider immigration the most important issue of this campaign. And why not? The illegal immigrants Trump refers to are probably the ones they wanted to get away from when they emigrated legally in the first place!
They also believe in Trump’s proposed temporary Muslim ban, and they don’t take issue with his outlandish and often politically incorrect statements. “I think he’s funny,” said Garcia. “I don’t have a problem with the things he says. I see right through him.”
Medical sales consultant Nicole Aleman at first feared the “backlash that people can receive” for supporting Trump and still doesn’t think he can win, but told Alex Daughery of the Miami Herald, “Hopefully I’m wrong and it could be also because a lot of people have fear of coming out and supporting Trump. Hopefully there’s a lot of people like me out there.”
Aleman considers the group a “safe space” for Latinas who support Trump.
Daughery writes of Garcia’s inspiration for the group:
Garcia, a 44-year-old television personality and self-described Sandra Bullock doppelgänger, came up with the idea of Latinas for Trump after watching Bullock’s most recent movie, Our Brand is Crisis. (Wednesday marked the group’s second event.) The box office bomb featured Bullock as a political consultant in Bolivia who gets an unpopular politician elected by using dirty tricks.
“I remember jumping out of bed and going ‘Oh my God, Latinas for Trump,’ ” Garcia said after watching the movie. “This guy has to get elected.”
Latinas for Trump intends to hold even more events as the election draws near.
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