Jorge Ramos Forces RNC Hispanic Outreach Director To Respond To Her Own Past Criticism Of Trump

Ramos: You Said “Trump Has An Image That Makes Women Uncomfortable, That He Doesn't Represent The Republican Party, And That He Has Done Immense Damage To The Party”

Translated from the July 17 edition of Univision's Al Punto:

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JORGE RAMOS (HOST): Helen, Univision has done a survey that came out recently. It asked people, “Do you think Donald Trump is racist?” 73 percent of people, of Latinos, said yes. How, with these percentages, are you going to get the Latino vote? We know that Mitt Romney obtained 27 percent of the Latino vote and lost. The surveys that we've seen indicate that Donald Trump hardly reaches 20 percent. Question: How can he win the Latino vote?

HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ: Well, Jorge, the numbers that we’ve seen from Pew, Quinnipiac, and Gallup show that, among Hispanics, Mr. Trump has about 24-25 percent support of Hispanic voters. But nonetheless, we have a lot of work to do. Last week, Mr. Trump was going to have a meeting with a diverse group of Hispanics in Miami, but had to postpone it because of the tragedy in Dallas. But in this meeting, they were going to talk about religious issues and religious freedom. They were also going to talk about the issue of immigration, and how to improve the economy. We’ve seen that, for Hispanics, economy and jobs is very important, in addition to everything else. And Mr. Trump has dedicated himself to creating jobs and has important plans to carry out. He knows that we are all Americans and that cultural legacy must be respected, but we are all Americans first. And I think that is something all voters agree on.

RAMOS: But the idea is that, after what Mr. Trump said about Mexican immigrants – that they are criminals and rapists -- 7 out of every 10 Hispanics consider him to be a racist.

AGUIRRE FERRÉ: Mr. Trump is not a racist, and when you look at the employees of his business, you can see that he has employed a lot of Hispanics, and that women, specifically, he has elevated to very high executive positions, which is important to note. But certainly Mr. Trump has been recognizing that he needs to get closer. I don't agree with what he said about Mexicans, but certainly he is trying a new approach to clarify his point of view. And I think within his campaign he is going to be able to achieve that. In the survey you have highlighted, there is a 21 percent of voters who think that it is very likely that they will be able to change their vote here in November. We are going to appeal to this group of Hispanic voters  because I think that it is important, Jorge, that each party fights for the Hispanic vote because Hispanic community is deserving of our respect, the Hispanic community is deserving of our support, and I think that we are going to see that this time, in terms of the Republicans, they will not only support the presumptive nominee, Mr. Trump, but also the other Republicans that are on the ticket at the state level.

RAMOS: You just mentioned that you personally disagree with what Donald Trump has said about Mexican immigrants. You were here on this program in April, and you criticized Donald Trump for what he said about women. Donald Trump has called women “bitches” and “pigs.” This is what you said here on this program.


AGUIRRE FERRÉ: I think we can see there's a pattern in Donald Trump that's anti-female, that he’s a person that really, I'm not going to tell you it's misogyny, in itself, but I do think there's something, that he's uncomfortable with a strong, independent woman.


AGUIRRE FERRÉ: For me, Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party, Donald Trump wasn't Republican until very recently, he's been a Democrat all his life. 


AGUIRRE FERRÉ: Donald Trump has done immense damage, a lot of damage to the Republican Party.


RAMOS: Helen, you said on the program that Donald Trump has an image that makes women uncomfortable, that he doesn't represent the Republican Party, and that he has done immense damage to the party. Do you still think that?

AGUIRRE FERRÉ: Jorge, like I have repeated to you, what we have seen from Trump on the level of his business, how he acts, how he behaves with women in his business, you can see that he has highlighted the female role, and, importantly, in his business he has lifted up the role of the women in an extraordinary way to the executive level. And that's not all. He put his daughter in charge of his business while he campaigns, and if he achieves the presidency, she will continue in this capacity. I think this is something that we must point out, that when someone looks at how he has acted, it's very important because there are people who talk a lot, like Hillary Clinton, who talk a lot about women, but the truth is that Hillary Clinton has not done anything to give her support to women. Completely the opposite, the women have recieved lower pay than the men in everything she has done, the personel and the people who work for Hillary Clinton. And 42 percent of people who you surveyed said they think Hillary Clinton is a liar. I think that's also something important to point out, and perhaps that's why there is a 21 percent of Hispanics who said it is very likely or likely that they change their opinion here in November.

RAMOS: Helen, have you met Donald Trump? Have you introduced yourselves to each other?

AGUIRRE FERRÉ: I haven't met Donald Trump in person.

RAMOS: Helen, thank you for being with us.


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