What We're Facing

Journalists for Univision, the largest Spanish-language television station in the United States, were removed from a Donald Trump campaign event in Florida on Friday. The news was first reported by Jorge Ramos, Univision’s flagship news anchor, on Twitter, and was later confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter. A spokesperson for the campaign claims that the Univision TV crew was barred from covering the event because “Mr. Trump is suing Univision for $500 million and until that is resolved it is a conflict of interest.”

Trump sued the popular Spanish-language network, claiming that Univision breached an agreement to broadcast Miss Universe pageants through 2019 — although it’s unclear why Trump still has a stake in this lawsuit since he sold the Miss Universe Organization in September.

So. Donald Trump, the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has barred Univision, the most popular Spanish language broadcaster in the US, from covering his campaign.

Oh, yes, it's all about "I'm suing them, so it's a conflict of interest." But, as the article makes clear, Donald has sold off his interest in the Miss Universe pageant, so the suit is strange to say the least.

No, the suit continues to continue Donald's campaign of denigrating Latinos. And barring Univision from covering his campaign events is merely logical in this campaign.

What my community is facing in this election is a campaign of defamation. From the Freedom Caucus securing Paul Ryan's promise to not pursue immigration reform to Donald Trump's scurrilous attacks on Latinos, we're one of the convenient targets of the GOP. (African Americans and Muslims also round out the cast of characters.)

So, forgive me if I'm not very interested in relitigating the fights of 2007 and 2008 between Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton. I have a slightly different view of things.

My very white, very Cuban mother is scared to death of Donald Trump becoming President. Not just for herself; she's a naturalized citizen, but she's told me on more than one occasion that Donald wants to send her back to Cuba. But also for the many non-Cuban Latino friends she has, a few of whom are not legal residents, for whom she fears if the full GOP program comes into effect. Latinos of all stripes are frightened of what the GOP has become, when even Cubans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are all on board with the immigrant hate. The GOP program is one of exclusion and denigration.

It's often been said that Republicans fall in line and Democrats fall in love. We certainly fell in love with Barack Obama. But we don't have that luxury this election. Republicans are in love with an ideology which threatens any non-white, non-Christian community in the US. The only thing which will stop them is severe discipline.

Bernie Sanders won't bring it for us, as he's not even a Democrat. In the beginning I was a Martin O'Malley partisan, thinking he would be the best to carry out the Obama agenda. His performance has disabused me of that notion. What I really believed was "No more Clintons, no more Bushes." But Jeb Bush is about to drop out of the race, and Mrs. Clinton seems to have learned from 2008. Many Obama supporters cast side eyes at her because of 2008, and her convenient embrace of the president's achievements, most recently at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. But as a member of a community in the cross hairs of the GOP, I can't afford to split hairs. Bernie isn't going to save my people; his people won't vote Democratic anyway. And Martin O'Malley will make a wonderful vice presidential candidate. As President Obama taught us, we not only have to be hopeful, but pragmatic. Progress doesn't mean getting everything you want, but moving in the right direction. And if a man like Donald Trump gets into office, we will see an America few of us imagined we'd see after the election and re-election of Barack Obama.

So, yes, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Not because she's the perfect candidate; I'll never see another Barack Obama in my lifetime. But purity is the enemy of progress. If we hold on to the bitterness of the past, we'll never see the promise of the future.

We've had a burst of light for 8 years. Now the task is to keep that flame burning.

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