November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC—NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía released the following statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election:
“It is fair to say that the whole country, including the Latino community, was surprised by the outcome in this presidential election. We cherish the democratic process, acknowledge the results of this election, and are open to hearing from the president-elect about his plans. But Donald Trump’s harsh and divisive rhetoric, his extreme proposals, and the fact that his outreach to our community during his campaign was nonexistent, have fostered legitimate and significant concerns about the future, for our community and for our nation.
“We are very proud that the Latino community turned out in a historic fashion in this election. Based on preliminary data, a record number of Latino voters went to the polls, reflecting the tireless work of national and community-based Latino organizations across the country. And we strongly dispute exit poll reports suggesting that Trump’s support within the Latino community exceeded that of Mitt Romney’s in 2012. We stand by Latino Decisions—the gold-standard firm for polling our community—which found that Trump received only 18 percent of the Hispanic vote, which is a record low for a Republican presidential candidate.
“We are encouraged by some important election results, including the selection of the first Latina U.S. senator, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada. We also saw the defeat of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona and a rejection of his policies to racially profile our community; as well as an increase in the number of Hispanic members in the U.S. House of Representatives, including the first Puerto Rican representative from Florida, Darren Soto, and the first Dominican representative, Adriano Espaillat of New York.
“Lastly, we want to reassure our community and our fellow Americans that if the new administration continues to be steeped in the politics of division and blame, then we will continue to stand up and defend the 58 million Latinos in this country, along with the values our nation holds dear: tolerance and inclusion. And we will actively and fearlessly resist policies and proposals that undermine the interests of our community and Americans at large. To our community: we need you to stay engaged. Your voice is more important now than ever before.”
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.