Hi there,

This month Democracy Now! is celebrating 28 years on the air. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has been committed to bringing you the stories, voices and perspectives you won't hear anywhere else. In these times of war, climate chaos and elections, our reporting has never been more important. Can you donate $10 to keep us going strong? Today a generous donor will DOUBLE your donation, making it twice as valuable. Democracy Now! doesn't accept advertising income, corporate underwriting or government funding. That means we rely on you to make our work possible—and every dollar counts. Please make your gift now. Thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


It’s Time for a Basta Trump Campaign: Latino Leaders Launch Voter Registration Drive

Media Options

“With hate-spewing Donald Trump closer than ever to the Republican nomination for President, it’s time to get real about a Basta Trump campaign,” writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan González in his new Daily News column. He discusses how leaders among the more than 50 million U.S. Latinos recently announced a major voter registration drive ahead of the November election. The Spanish-language network Univision has unveiled plans to use all of its radio and television stations to register 3 million new voters. González notes no one is angrier at Trump right now than young Latinos, who most feel the damage from his months of anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric.

Related Story

StoryNov 09, 2016What Happens Now to the Millions of Immigrants Facing Possible Deportation Under Trump?
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: Before we turn to the big Super Tuesday results, Juan, your piece in the New York Daily News, “Now is the Time for Latino Millennials to Vote.” Talk about this.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, you know, one of the interesting things about this election really is that Trump, especially now as he’s getting closer and closer to being seen as the likely Republican candidate for president, has been basing a lot of his campaign on building a wall with Mexico, attacking Mexico, attacking the immigrant community, and we’re seeing increasingly the impact on young people across the country, especially young Latinos. We’ve seen the reports in the last week of high schools in Iowa, in Indiana, where young white—young white students were saying, “Build a wall,” and “Trump, Trump,” and taunting fellow Latino students.

We’re seeing an enormous interest in this race by young Latinos across the country. And they are, especially the millennial Latinos, are the biggest, by far, growing sector of the American electorate. One-half of the 27 million eligible Latino voters, who are citizens and over the age of 18, are millennials. And it’s been a sharp increase, a 40 percent increase, just since 2008 in the number of eligible Latinos that could vote.

So the reality is that the issue of a registration drive, which many Latino leaders are now pointing out—you’ve seen Univision say that they’re going to use all of their television stations and their networks to promote a 3 million-voter registration drive among Latinos. I think what’s actually needed is more of a Freedom Summer campaign by the Latino youth of America, similar to what happened in the civil rights movement, that—where thousands of Latino youth go into their communities and say, “You’re not going to deport our parents. We’re American citizens, and we’re going to make a stand in terms of 'Basta Trump.'” And I think that that is increasingly the sentiment I’m hearing among Latino leaders across the country, that they’ve got to harness the millennial Latinos, who now represent—not only do they represent 50 percent of the entire potential [Latino] electorate, but that every year 800,000 young Latinos turn 18, and this is going to continue for years to come. So I think that that’s what the Republican Party is really very much afraid of, that Trump’s campaign is essentially digging a grave for the Republican Party in the future.

AMY GOODMAN: And we’re going to talk about Trump’s campaign right now, as well as the Democrats, on the Super Tuesday aftermath.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Next story from this daily show

Super Tuesday Roundtable: Few Surprises as Clinton and Trump Win 7 States Each, Sanders Gains 4

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation