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 Pence launches the Latinos for Trump coalition in Miami, Florida. pic.twitter.com/ydsd1BKWNz
— The Hill (@thehill) June 25, 2019
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.
“Hola”. Is that all he’s got?
— Judi (Jones) Shalley (@ShalleyJudi) June 25, 2019
Go to Homestead and say “hola”!!🤬
— Cathy Lilly (@cathylilly99) June 25, 2019
I haven’t heard the audio, but ¿why am I fairly certain he said it like “Hole-ah”?
— Henry Gale (@Henry815gale) June 25, 2019
The nerve of this guy speaking even a single word of Spanish.
— Mo Ray (@mo2dmax) June 25, 2019
— S Garz (@sgarz3) June 25, 2019
Reactions online to the Latinos for Trump launch were less than favorable.
Adios Pence you racist piece of 💩
— Austine Powers (@austinepowers) June 25, 2019
How about LatiNOPE.
— Lana Del Negra (@RETRHEAUX) June 25, 2019
Wow there should not be one Latino in there, but I can’t say nothing we have Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson honorable mention Kanye West
— tia boo (@Tmorse94Tia) June 25, 2019
Some did not believe the authenticity of widespread support for Pence or Trump among Latinx voters.
How much did it cost to pay an audience for that?
— SBoen (@Crzyk9ldy17) June 25, 2019
Are there like – 10 people there?
— Gail (@kaila0965) June 25, 2019
I’d really like to see the audience
— Dawn (@DawnWatland) June 25, 2019
Is there anyone in attendance that isn’t an employee?
— Kay Vandenberg (@kay_vandenberg) June 25, 2019
Notice how dark they went with Pence’s makeup?
— IAmComplicit (@AgeDemands) June 25, 2019
— Brien Kinkel (@AbuZeina) June 25, 2019
Where is the panoramic of the audience??!
— Niffer (@JenYoun05409819) June 25, 2019
Trust me, there’s plenty to Cubans there who support him.
— Lisa – Save The Children ⚓️ (@navgirl63) June 25, 2019
— Geoffrey A. (Unamerican Traitor Democrat) Schoos (@gschoos) June 25, 2019
Some responded in a language Pence could understand. Maybe.
“No chingues con tu ‘hola’.”
“Don’t with your hello.”
No chingues con tu “hola”
— Capitol Hill Books (@chbooksdc) June 25, 2019
“La Madre que lo parió”
“Mother of God…”
La Madre que lo parió 🙄🙄🤮🤢
— ladamita (@ladamita4ever) June 25, 2019
“Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence, que maldita broma”
“Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence, what a darn joke”
Nothing says Latino Voter like Mike Pence @VP . que maldita broma
— @neofights (@neofights2k9) June 25, 2019
Oh yes, Miguel Pence, big friend of the Latinos. Or should I say “amigo”?
— Lori Cortiglia (@Latebutsoon) June 25, 2019
White Bred Mike is logical choice to appeal to ‘Latinos’ for tRump.
— Ric Rivas (@Rumbo32Ric) June 25, 2019
@SteveKingIA wasn’t available? 🤔
— Jameson Ondarocks (@secularhuman7) June 25, 2019
Betcha they served taco salads.
— Mary Lowry Smith (@dcredlinehomes) June 25, 2019
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.
Latinos for tRUmp = Chickens for Col. Sanders.
— Leslie Byrne (@LeslieByrne13) June 25, 2019
Next week: Victims for Abusers, Wheeling, WV!
— Moses M. Bates, Esq. (@MosesBates) June 25, 2019
— Continuum (@AdriftSWVA) June 25, 2019
Any Latino who supports Trump should have their head examined
— Margie Glazer (@MJGBoston) June 25, 2019
If only he could also say “Hola” to those Latino kids at the border…
— Lifeisprecious 🎈 🇲🇻🇦🇺🇺🇸 (@LifeispreciousB) June 25, 2019
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.