The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has broken from its own tradition and endorsed a presidential candidate. In a major snub to the GOP, the group’s president announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Chamber President and CEO Javier Palomarez told Reuters the Trump campaign “has gone from frankly something that was entertaining [and] comical and has devolved into something that is frankly scary.”
The Chamber says it represents “4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $661 billion to the American economy each year.”
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The Trump campaign has struggled to connect with Latino voters, with many of his statements viewed as divisive at best—or, at worst, outright racist.
In a video statement provided to NBC News, Palomarez said the group was bucking its 38 years of election neutrality because these are “extraordinary times,” pointing to Clinton’s “campaign of inclusiveness, of togetherness, and collaboration.”
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