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From the May 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Nely, do you support Donald Trump? 

NELY GALÁN: You know, I think right now, he really needs to work on his messaging and I can't support his messaging. I think when you have women, like the women we have and the families we have and the diversity that we have, you can either lead by kind of fearmongering, or you can lead by lifting these women up and saying, “you guys are doing so well.”

EARHARDT: How can he do that? Because people are saying that he needs the support of Latinos, he needs the support of women. So how can he make women and Latinos feel lifted?

GALAN: Well, I have to tell you, I don't know. He'd have to make a real pivot. And I don't know if that pivot would feel authentic at this point. Because again, when you have these people that are immigrants in America, people that are -- you know, immigrants make up half of all entrepreneurs.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): But I think his problem is illegal immigrants, not immigrants.

GALAN: Well, you know, that's like saying I like this minority, but not that minority.

KILMEADE: Not really.

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): No, no, no. Isn’t that not a fair and important distinction?

GALAN: Well it's not fair, because when you talk about people en masse, right, and you -- it's like if you say to me, “I don't like illegal immigrants.” Well, a lot if those illegal -- I'm one of those people that at one point was --

HEGSETH: Well, illegal immigration, right.

GALAN: First of all, we don't even like that word, “illegal immigrant” -- it's undocumented people.

KILMEADE: What do you call people that come across the border without permission?

GALAN: Well, people that come across the border are undocumented. But I think, without getting into that because I'm not a political pundit, what I care about is how we speak about people in this country. I think, you have to remember that people like Latinos for instance who are -- Latina women are the number one emerging market in the world, right, in the U.S. You know, when you speak about people in a way that's not lifting them up, that's not honoring all the good things that they're doing, and what you hear is something's wrong with these people, that's not the right messaging. And I think you have to remember that Latinos are very conservative people. When you look at the idea that Republicans, in general, have not really messaged properly to all of these diverse people.


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