Update (6/14/23): On June 13, Americano Media’s chief communications officer Michael Caputo – a former Trump official who in 2020 was caught praising white supremacists – reportedly called Sky News producer Sophie Alexander a “stupid bitch” during a Trump campaign event immediately following the former president’s criminal arraignment.
As part of a media blitz ahead of his criminal arraignment in a federal court in Miami, Florida, former President Donald Trump on June 12 did a live call-in interview on Americano Media, the conservative media network looking to become the Fox News of Spanish-speaking America.
Founded by former Trump campaign/administration officials Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo and Michael Caputo, Americano Media has entrenched connections with the Trump camp and others in the Republican Party. In April 2022, as The Washington Post put it, Trump “offered himself” for an interview to help kickstart Americano Media’s original Sirius XM operation. Then, in October, following investments in the network’s streaming capabilities, Trump sat for a livestreamed interview with Americano Media’s Lucia Navarro, earning the network thousands of followers on social media and firmly establishing the network in the right-wing media space.
In the months that followed, Americano Media aired over a dozen interviews with Republican elected officials, including several with Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Americano Media executives have also made several trips to Capitol Hill, meeting Republican leaders including Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA).
On Monday, hours after arriving at his hotel in Miami, Trump called in to Americano Media’s Miami-based studio, where host Carines Moncada -- who recently joined Americano Media from the South Florida conservative radio station Actualidad-Radio -- led the English-language interview. She helped prime the former president with claims that his criminal indictment, which he had previously described as a cover up, is “the type of thing that sadly happens in Latin America,” adding, “Our Americano Audience is very aware of it.”
Moncada also allowed Trump to spread false claims that his criminal indictment was carried out “to distract attention from where the real corruption is,” alluding to a rehashed anti-Biden smear campaign that accuses President Joe Biden of having received vast sums of money from Ukraine when his son Hunter was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. On June 13, Fox News cited the interview during its coverage of the arraignment.