Guerrero: L.A. needs a new generation of Latino leaders who can stand up to Trump
“I love Donald Trump, and I love his policies, and, really, I love his personality,” said David Campos, chairman of the California Democratic Party, in an interview with Politico. “But I cannot stand his divisive rhetoric.”
At the Democratic convention in Tampa in July 2016, when Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a speech that he later apologized for calling “racist and sexist,” Hillary Clinton, her primary opponent, called it “the most popular speech” of the campaign.
In his new book, “Hillbilly Elegy,” which came out last Friday, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who, like most politicians of his generation, is from the South, writes that at age 15 he was “forced to watch the television news in my Texas neighborhood, where a black family had a car accident in front of their house.” But in 2012, after Obama won his first election as president, he won the Nobel prize, the academy elected him a member in December, and he became a nationally known Democratic figure. “Even with what felt like an insurmountable odds, and a country that I didn’t know, I went to try to talk to my neighbors, the ones who had been there with me through the hard times,” he writes. His memoir is, as he noted in the interview, “mostly true.”
“When I look at Donald Trump, he’s a person who wants to build walls in the middle of a country, on the basis of race and ethnicity,” said Campos, who was in Tampa to attend the convention. “I don’t think that is the way to do it.”
In his own words, O’Rourke, who lost re-election to the House of Representatives