Florida Democratic Party Slams Trump’s Disastrous Record with the Latino Community

August 4, 2020


Today, Vice President Joe Biden released his agenda for the Latino community, reaffirming his commitment to expanding opportunity and prosperity for the Hispanic community in Florida and across the United States. This leadership is in sharp contrast to Donald Trump, who has blocked progress and attacked the Latino community throughout his presidency. 


“In 2016, Donald Trump asked Latinos ‘what the hell do you have to lose?’ with a Trump presidency -- and three and a half years later we have a bleak answer,” said Karla Alvarado, Florida Democratic Party Spokesperson. “During his time in office, Donald Trump has stoked racism and fear, separated families, decimated our economy, and failed to confront a pandemic that is disproportionately killing the Hispanic community. Hispanics need more than lip service from a president, we need true investment in our economic mobility, health care, and education. Biden is prepared to deliver for us.”


BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY


TRUMP: “To those African Americans and Latinos suffering in our country, I say, very simply, what the hell do you have to lose? Vote for Donald Trump. I am going to fix it.” [Trump Campaign Rally, 10/4/16]


REALITY: Trump’s failed coronavirus response disproportionately hurts Florida’s Latino community. 


  • Trump’s failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating to the Latino community, from skyrocketing unemployment (14.5% in June) to a disproportionately high death and infection rate. 

  • In Florida, Hispanic residents make up 25% of the population, but 44% of the cases and 27% of the deaths.

REALITY: Latinos experienced the largest gain in health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Trump is threatening those gains in his push to repeal the ACA. 


  • Hispanics experienced the largest gain in coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions in 2014. 

  • Latino children’s health insurance coverage rates improved to a historic high of 92.5 percent in the second year after the ACA’s coverage provisions took effect. 

REALITY: Trump blocked disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico, abandoning the island when they most needed support.

  • Donald Trump said the federal response to Hurricane Maria was “incredibly successful,” despite the devastation to the island and high death toll. 

Donald Trump floated ‘divesting’ or ‘selling’ Puerto Rico as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, according to Elaine Duke, acting secretary of homeland security in 2017. 

  • he Trump administration is still withholding billions of dollars in aid to Puerto Rico 


REALITY: Trump’s cruel immigration policies have torn families apart. 

  • Trump illegally rescinded the DACA program and sabotaged every bipartisan immigration deal that would have protected American Dreamers.

  • After the Supreme Court blocked Trump’s attempt to end the Obama-era DACA program, the Trump administration announced it will not accept new applications.

  • The Trump administration separated more than 1,100 migrant families at the border, with no system to bring them back together.

REALITY: Trump has undermined efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela, and refused to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans in the United States.

  • Trump said that he would be willing to meet with dictator Nicholas Maduro”

  • Trump has refused to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans in U.S. 

  • The Trump administration has ramped up deportations of Venezuelans.”

REALITY: Trump’s tax scam left out Latino working families.

Trump’s tax scam left out Latino Americans, who received only about 7% of the benefits from the law

  • By 2027, most Hispanic Americans stand to face a tax increase under Trump’s tax scam, with only 30% of Hispanic Americans earning more than $75,000.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karla Alvarado

kalvarado@floridadems.org

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