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Trump to Address Evangelical Latinos, Attempting to Repair Strained Relationship

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 May 18
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will address the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) this week in a pre-recorded video message.


Trump has caused a rift with the evangelical Latino voting bloc by his incendiary comments about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, deporting illegal immigrants, and even referring to Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “drug dealers.”


According to, Trump is now attempting to repair his relationship with the Latino community, particularly Christian Latinos.


“He must redeem the narrative with Latinos, and in particular people of faith," Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the leadership conference, told Bloomberg Politics.


Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, added that, to his knowledge, this will be the first time Trump has spoken to a group of Latino Americans: 


"It would be the first time that I'm aware of that he's addressing, even though it's a videotaped message, a Latino organization.”


Rodriguez told Bloomberg Politics that evangelical Latinos are as yet undecided who to vote for in the 2016 presidential election, but said the NHCLC is encouraging them “to vote life, family, religious liberty and immigration reform.”



Publication date: May 18, 2016