In response to Eric Trump hosting campaign events in Reno and Las Vegas today, including a Latinos for Trump event tonight, Nevada Assemblyman Edgar Flores released the following statement:
“Eric Trump’s presence in Reno and Las Vegas today is meant to distract Nevadans from Trump’s policy failures. It won’t work. Today’s event with Eric Trump can’t erase his father’s terrible record, especially with the Latino community. Trump’s assault on the Latino community’s health, dignity, and economic security began on day one of his campaign. From the campaign trail to the White House, Trump’s dangerous policies and divisive rhetoric have demonized immigrants, torn apart families, threatened our access to affordable health care, and rolled back critical protections for Latino workers. Now, Trump’s disastrous coronavirus response is exacerbating existing inequalities as Latinos face higher infection rates, staggering job losses, and shuttering small businesses. Nevada’s Latino families deserve leaders who will fight for us, and treat us with the respect and dignity we deserve — not use us as little more than political props. That’s why in one week, we will reject Trump’s toxic anti-Latino agenda by sending Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO NEVADA’S LATINO FAMILIES:
Promise: In 2016, Trump promised Nevadans that he would be the “greatest champion” for the Latino community and would “fight to help millions of Latinos trapped in poverty.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Reno NV, 10/5/16]
Reality: Trump’s failed pandemic response made the economic and public health fallout worse, particularly for Latinos, who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.
- Latinos make up roughly 30% of Nevada’s population but account for 40% of coronavirus cases
- In Nevada, Latinos are uninsured at one of the highest rates in the state, but Trump is still hell-bent on dismantling the Affordable Care Act and ripping away health care coverage from millions of Americans, right when they need it most
- Trump failed to respond to the racial disparities being exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. Data shows that Black, Latino, and Native American communities have been disproportionately hurt during the pandemic. Black and Latino residents are three times as likely to contract the virus than white residents, and twice as likely to die.
Reality: Trump’s failed pandemic response put Latino essential workers in the crosshairs of this virus
- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been largely absent during this pandemic — issuing unclear guidelines on keeping workers safe while allowing employers to get away with violations without consequence.
Reality: During the pandemic, Latino-owned small businesses closed at disproportionately high rates
- Thirty-two percent of Latino-owned businesses closed between February and April, compared to only seventeen percent of white-owned businesses.
- Meanwhile, one of Trump’s biggest economic priorities amid the coronavirus recession was a massive tax break for wealthy investors.
Reality: Trump’s economic policies failed to help close the racial wealth gap, protect workers of color, or support businesses owned by Latinos and people of color.
- Latino Americans were disproportionately left out of the benefits from Trump’s tax law in 2018. The average tax cut for Latino households was less than half that of the average white household.
- Trump’s budgets have called for steep cuts or the full elimination of the Minority Business Development Agency, a critical agency that helps promote the growth of businesses owned by people of color
Reality: Despite claiming that he alone could fix immigration, Trump has waged an all-out assault on immigrant rights throughout his presidency, while repeatedly using divisive and dehumanizing language to describe immigrants.