Hopping onto stage to the strains of the Free song "All Right Now"—the rock music choice and song lyrics making everything a bit more awkward—Vice President Mike Pence launched the Latinos for Trump coalition campaign initiative in Miami, Florida.
Pence came to the podium to exclaim:
The VP added:
"It is great to be back in the Sunshine State for the 2019 kick-off of Latinos for Trump!"
You can watch his opening remarks here.
"Hola, Miami! It is great to be back in the Sunshine State for the 2019 kick-off of Latinos for Trump!" @VP Mike P… https://t.co/QuqGWSWWie— The Hill (@The Hill)1561484817.0
Trump campaign officials indicated before the Orlando MAGA rally that launched the 2020 Trump/Pence campaign that Florida would be testing ground for their Latinx voter outreach. It's a better place than other states with high Latinx voting bases.
Many found the "hola" to be pandering.
@thehill @VP “Hola”. Is that all he’s got?— Judi (Jones) Shalley (@Judi (Jones) Shalley)1561489649.0
@thehill @VP Go to Homestead and say “hola”!!🤬— Cathy Lilly (@Cathy Lilly)1561485068.0
@thehill @VP The nerve of this guy speaking even a single word of Spanish.— Mo Ray (@Mo Ray)1561487619.0
@thehill @VP Adios!— S Garz (@S Garz)1561488919.0
Reactions online to the Latinos for Trump launch were less than favorable.
@thehill @VP Adios Pence you racist piece of 💩— Austine Powers (@Austine Powers)1561485920.0
@thehill @VP How about LatiNOPE.— Lana Del Negra (@Lana Del Negra)1561485151.0
@thehill @VP Wow there should not be one Latino in there, but I can't say nothing we have Clarence Thomas and Ben C… https://t.co/rSlTr4X1Tg— tia boo (@tia boo)1561484978.0
Some did not believe the authenticity of widespread support for Pence or Trump among Latinx voters.
@thehill @VP How much did it cost to pay an audience for that?— SBoen (@SBoen)1561486465.0
@thehill @VP Are there like - 10 people there?— Gail (@Gail)1561485067.0
@thehill @VP I'd really like to see the audience— Dawn (@Dawn)1561484966.0
@thehill @VP Is there anyone in attendance that isn’t an employee?— Kay Vandenberg (@Kay Vandenberg)1561485539.0
@johnrutledge @thehill @VP Notice how dark they went with Pence’s makeup?— IAmComplicit (@IAmComplicit)1561485214.0
@thehill @VP The absence of any crowd shot is most telling. No way of assessing how big—or how Latino—the crowd was… https://t.co/wvCaosHYh9— Brien Kinkel (@Brien Kinkel)1561487752.0
@thehill @VP Where is the panoramic of the audience??!— Niffer (@Niffer)1561485064.0
@JenYoun05409819 @thehill @VP Trust me, there’s plenty to Cubans there who support him.— Lisa - Abuse of Power (@Lisa - Abuse of Power)1561486299.0
@thehill @VP https://t.co/uP3IlxsAhC— Geoffrey A. (Unamerican Traitor Democrat) Schoos (@Geoffrey A. (Unamerican Traitor Democrat) Schoos)1561487372.0
Some responded in a language Pence could understand. Maybe.
"No chingues con tu 'hola'."
"Don't with your hello."
@thehill @VP No chingues con tu “hola”— Capitol Hill Books (@Capitol Hill Books)1561485142.0
"La Madre que lo parió"
"Mother of God..."
@thehill @VP La Madre que lo parió 🙄🙄🤮🤢— ladamita (@ladamita)1561486215.0
"Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence, que maldita broma"
"Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence, what a darn joke"
@thehill @VP Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence @VP . que maldita broma— @neofights (@@neofights)1561486009.0
@thehill @VP Oh yes, Miguel Pence, big friend of the Latinos. Or should I say “amigo”?— Lori Cortiglia (@Lori Cortiglia)1561487365.0
@thehill @VP White Bred Mike is logical choice to appeal to ‘Latinos’ for tRump.— Ric Rivas (@Ric Rivas)1561487358.0
@thehill @VP @SteveKingIA wasn’t available? 🤔— James (@James)1561486539.0
Considering the record of the Trump administration for most people of color, women, LGBTQ people, religions other than Christian...many found the idea of Latinos for Trump absurd.
@thehill @VP Latinos for tRUmp = Chickens for Col. Sanders.— Leslie Byrne (@Leslie Byrne)1561487697.0
@thehill @VP Next week: Victims for Abusers, Wheeling, WV!— Moses M. Bates, Esq. (@Moses M. Bates, Esq.)1561484968.0
@thehill @VP Offensive #racist appeal to “the Latinos” as if they are a sub-species of #USA #citizens. Only good fo… https://t.co/d1GCWAqex7— Jaxon (@Jaxon)1561487934.0
@thehill @VP Any Latino who supports Trump should have their head examined— Margie Glazer (@Margie Glazer)1561485241.0
@thehill @VP If only he could also say “Hola” to those Latino kids at the border...— Lifeisprecious 🎈 🇲🇻🇦🇺🇺🇸 (@Lifeisprecious 🎈 🇲🇻🇦🇺🇺🇸)1561488043.0
Watch the full launch of Latinos for Trump with Vice President Mike Pence here. Or at least catch that rock and roll entrance.
If you'd like to speak Spanish like Mike Pence, Pimsleur Spanish Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish, is available here.