How You Like Donald Trump Now, Clarice Navarro?

SATURDAY UPDATE: Rep. Clarice Navarro responds–doubling down for Team Trump:

So be it, Representative. Let the record show she declined a life jacket.


Donald Trump, Rep. Clarice Navarro.

Donald Trump, Rep. Clarice Navarro.

Kurtis Lee, formerly of the Denver Post now writing at the Los Angeles Times, reports on the reverberations from Donald Trump’s much-discussed speech on immigration this week–a speech that has Trump’s supporters cheering, running for the exits, and/or some combination thereof:

Donald Trump has held photo ops with his National Hispanic Advisory Council and in recent weeks boasted about his increasing support from this crucial voting demographic.

But that was before his speech on immigration this week.

On Thursday, several who sit on the council announced their resignation, citing Trump’s refusal to truly listen to their views on immigration reform.

Jacob Monty, a Houston-based immigration lawyer who was a member of the council, said in a Facebook post that he gave Trump a plan that would “improve border security, remove hardened criminal aliens and most importantly, give work authority to millions of honest, hard-working immigrants” in the country.

“He rejected that,” wrote Monty, announcing his resignation from the council after Trump’s speech. “So I must reject him.”

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

The revulsion being expressed by many of Trump’s Latino supporters over his speech this week is notably not shared by his Colorado Latino surrogates even if they can’t bring themselves to fully embrace it–as Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner reports:

Colorado businessman Jerry Natividad, a state co-chair of Hispanics for Trump, said he and other Hispanic community leaders from across the nation were hoping to see a “very aggressive, but sensitive immigration reform package.”

“We didn’t see it” last night, Natividad told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

Still, Natividad said he supports many — but not all — of the stances Trump has taken on immigration…

Natividad told CPR News a few months ago that he didn’t care for some of Trump’s rhetoric, but would vote for the Republican nominee after drinking a glass of bourbon.

Of particular interest is the response from a Colorado Republican lawmaker who has emerged as one of Trump’s go-to apologists with Latinos, Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo. Navarro has been questionably vocal in her support of Trump while representing a heavily Latino district. Any comment on Trump’s speech, asks Kurtis Lee?

Last month, Trump held a roundtable meeting with members of the council, where they discussed creating jobs and the Republican presidential nominee’s plans on immigration.

Among those who attended was Colorado state Rep. Clarice Navarro, who said she left feeling optimistic about Trump.

“I’ve always felt he does care about the Latino community, and now it’s on us to get him elected,” she said at the time.

On Thursday, she could not be reached for comment. [Pols emphasis]

Latino supporters of Trump have broadly described a feeling of deep betrayal over Trump’s hard-line speech on immigration this week, except for some weird self-loathing stuff about “taco trucks on every corner” from the head of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez. Up to now, Navarro has practically dared her opponents to make Trump an issue in her race–boasting of her close contact with and him writing an op-ed in USA TODAY defending both Trump’s personal character and agenda.

Well folks, push has now come to shove.

28 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. waagosh says:

    ¿Como estas? Señor bloater es su amigo y que está siendo tranquila.

  2. Moderatus says:

    It's funny, but most Latinos I know (all of them are legal citizens) say they are completely opposed to illegal immigration. They consider it a disgrace to everyone who came here legally like they did. Your assumption that all brown support illegal immigrants is wrong and even perhaps racist.

    • BlueCat says:

      All polls, not assumptions, show that most Latino voters by a very large margin aren't buying the snake oil Trump is selling. A little more scientific than what you say the Latinos you allegedly know think. You think some might even agree about strict enforcement but still won't vote for a bigot who insults them? 

    • buford2 says:

      I don't think you know anyone brown…But I have a few amigos, who are helping register others…they are really, REALLY against Trump and the Republican party…Their families are against Trump…So, I don't believe you…

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      That's funny Moderatus because nearly all the Hispanics I know think that the scummy owners who hire undocumented refugees instead of American workers and pocket the difference in wages and taxes are unAmerican assholes who should be jailed or executed like they do in China when they find corruption.  Obviously undocumented refugees don't hire themselves and people like you and me have to pay for the unemployment benefits for the the American workers who are deemed 'too expensive' for these corrupt business owners.  Odds are if we started jailing or executing a few Moderatus' corrupt buddies it would encourage better hiring practices.

      What say you Moderatus?  Are you ready to go after the real criminals in this situation or are you just another White Supremist asshole who looks the other way regarding this problem and blames the victims for the crimes of the corrupt rich?

  3. Voyageur says:

    You say BOTH of the Latinos you know agree with you?  Wow, I'm impressed.

  4. davebarnes says:

    taco trucks and not taco stands

  5. Duke Cox says:

    Am I misunderstanding Ms.Navarros' tweet,or did she not just exhort her fellow brownshirts to come here to back her up? She must be posting here with a fictitious username.

  6. mamajama55 says:

    Moderatus is Navarro's defacto surrogate here. "Pueblojangle" is another of the Pueblo pro-Trump cohort.  Perhaps others will join in. That would be fun.

  7. BlueCat says:

    Am hearing Republican leaning Latinos in the news saying that they're uncomfortable with HRC, are very put off by Trump's disrespectful attitude toward Latinos but are still leaning toward voting for him because they think he'll be good for small business (many Latino conservative leaners are small business owners), jobs and the economy in general.

    So I think it's time for HRC and other Dem candidates to switch from the now well baked in message about his strident bigotry to focus on the fact there is no evidence for Trump being a good choice for business, jobs or the economy. He has, in fact, left an easy to document trail of failed businesses, laid off workers, small businesses paid pennies on the dollar or not paid at all, closed casinos etc. His use of imported foreign workers instead of American citizens and legal residents and his products manufactured in the very countries he claims he'll get our jobs back from all contradict his claims for being the one the little guy should trust on the economy.

    None of this has been good for the economy, for American workers or for small businesses but most important, it shows he has no experience in or history of doing what he promises to do for America.

    His core will be unmoved by any facts presented.  Those seriously appalled by his bigotry and racism are already not going to vote for him. Time to go after the waverers who may be inclined to think ….not crazy about the bigoted rhetoric but he'll be great for jobs, small businesses and the whole economy… and show them how he's playing them for saps with that angle. 

    Happy Labor Day and I hope Dems will go after just how awful Trump has always been for American workers and small businesses.

    • mamajama55 says:

      Smart. Let's hope the political consultants are listening.

    • Davie says:

      It is a mystery to me why anyone would believe Trump would be better for business or creating jobs, given his proven track record of broken promises, unpaid bills, bankruptcies, and lawsuits.

      He has provided zero substance to back up all of his glib promises.  Not to mention his fickle policy positions du jour, which as with any huckster, seem tailored to "what do you want to hear' vs. being based on any deeply-held principles.

      That a significant number (thankfully not a majority) of voters seem to be saying "Lie to me!" is dismaying, to say the least.

  8. mamajama55 says:

    Perhaps Clarice was the one playing the sad trumpet on the Pueblo GOP float in Saturday's Fiesta Day Parade.

    The Trump banner was booed for most of the parade route.




  9. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    What is a Clarice Navarro and why should I be interested in what she says?

    • mamajama55 says:

      Clarice Navarro is a Republican Trump-supportin'  HD47 rep, from a SE district comprising parts of Pueblo, Otero, and Fremont counties.  Jason Munoz, her Democratic opponent, has a good chance of winning this year if he can appeal to the rural and prison-town voters, as Buffie Macfadyen did last time a Dem was elected to this district.

      As far as why you should care what she says – read the linked diary. She is one of the last standing Latinx Trump supporters. The Trump banner was soundly booed in Pueblo along the Fiesta Day parade route, and she was probably riding on the GOP truck, although I don't know if she was the Sad Trumpeter.  It's symbolic of Trump's low level of support among Latinos, and also among regular small -town folks – Pueblo was one of the birthplaces of the recall for "gun rights".



      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Thank you for your thoughts. Actually, I do know who Ms. Navarro is; I'm just singularly unimpressed by her. Particularly non-impressive was her 11% score for the 2016 legislative session, per Conservation Colorado's scorecard. In contrast, Rep. Kevin Priola scored 44%, pretty good for a Republican.

        • mamajama55 says:

          Oh, I agree. Representative Navarro is not one of the bright lights of the legislature. Being a Latino face for the GOP, and a reliable vote for the GOP agenda, is most of what she has to offer. Her only saving grace, as far as I'm concerned, are her votes on behalf of children and education – she does have a background as a paraprofessional educator. If Mr. Munoz can debate her, he will talk rings around her.  She is pretty lost away from a half dozen talking points.

  10. mamajama55 says:

    A Mestizos taco truck sets up outside Trump's Denver HQ.

    No word on whether the campaign staff bought some yummy traditional carne asada tacos, or opted for the trendier sweet lime chicken variety.

  11. Bright Bart says:

    give me a healthy Trump over a sick Hillary any day.

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