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The Wondering Latina: This Election

This Election.

There is so much to say and so much left unsaid. I was part of the 18 million cracks made in the nation’s highest glass ceiling back in 2008. I vowed that if she ever ran again that, no matter where I was in this world, I would move mountains and I would be there. I am proud to say, that I was.

At first, I thought it would be like last time. I wanted to volunteer, I needed to find local contacts, how do I get involved? So many questions, so excited to find the answers. But this would not be like last time. This time would be different.

I remember when the republican candidate Donald Trump announced his candidacy. I didn’t know much about him except that he owned some hotels, something about bankruptcy, but mostly I knew him as that dude from ‘The Apprentice.’ I was watching the TV and was excited to get the races going.

As he began his speech, I half-listened and was mostly amused, how could someone with absolutely no experience, apply for the highest office. I laughed and thought “this dude is really arrogant, but whatever” and then he said “when Mexico sends people, they aren’t sending their best, they are sending criminals and rapists” and I remember I immediately stopped laughing and I sat up, my heart pierced. The words he said next came fast and heated.

I remember my head spinning. This can’t be happening? This MUST be illegal, right? I mean you can’t yell “fire” falsely in a theater, therefore this kind of hate speech must be against the rules for president right? I waited in the days that followed, for public outrage, a decry, something, but no…there was nothing. Nothing illegal about it. No rule to say he wasn’t allowed to run.

And for many of us, this was the beginning. Something had shifted across the nation. As Trump continued to make comments “send them all back” or “we are getting them out of here” and portrayed us as drug dealers and “cartel gangs” I also remember how angry I felt.

Insult after insult he hurled towards MANY groups, yet he was allowed to continue, and the world watched.

I now knew that this election would not be what I had wanted it to be. This would be a a different kind of defining moment. This would be time for us, as the collective, to decide what kind of nation we would be.

Would we continue to move toward progress, liberty and justice for all? Or would we crumble in the face of racism, and bullying, pummeling us back into the dark parts of America’s history. The line had been drawn in the sand, and there would be no gray area, no “in the middle”  at least not for me.

You either stood against his ideals or you didn’t.

I felt my soul calling that if ever there was a time to fight for the Latino community, the time was here. This was not a drill, it was time to suit up for battle. I was blessed to come across an opportunity to join in the efforts for this election and on a quick turn around I made the big move to Washington D.C.

This was the moment, this was the time, I had to do ALL I could for my heritage, my people, and all those that had been targeted by candidate Trump.

In the last year I have gone through tons of fights, as many of us have fought with family, co-workers, friends, spouses etc…I have had things shouted at me, social media attacks, I have had to call my family back in El Paso and warn them for their safety as I was targeted by some Trump supporters.

I have had go into a self made “social media witness protection” of sorts, it has been intense, to say the least.

I will never forget how I felt when that man made those racist remarks, I will never forget the disappointment and pain I felt at friends who support him. And I will never forget the anger and hurt I feel, the tears I have to hold back every single time I hear his mobs chant, “build that wall.”

For me, (at one point when I was very young) being Mexican was something that people made me feel ashamed of. There were early years where I was self-conscious of my name, my “accent” and even refused to eat beans in public.

It took me many years of soul searching and educating myself through special topics courses at UTEP to find my path to self- love and healing from the white-washing that Texas textbooks had done to my heritage and therefore altered the way I myself, viewed my identity.

I am happy to say it’s been over 10 years since I felt any shame in who I am, or where I come from, I have had nothing but Latino pride…proud of my Mexican heritage, proud of being an American, proud of being born and raised in Texas. So this election has touched on a deep hurt that I had not felt in many, many years.

I don’t ever want to feel those feelings of fear that I once felt in my youth. And I don’t want the children of today to feel that fear or shame either. I remember my niece coming to us one day in tears because she knows that we are Mexican, and she knew that Trump was saying bad things about Mexicans.

This is not what I wanted for her future and I am sure many feel that way too. So I chose to fight. My last memory before I left for D.C. was my niece and I hugging in a tearful goodbye and I reminded her that WE were fighting for Hillary and that anytime she felt sad, to just remember that WE were in this together and we were fighting for Hillary against Trump.

And so I left, with the the help of my amazing family. And tonight I sit at my desk in Washington D.C., thinking of my home state, my home town, my family and friends. We are hours away from, what I hope, will be a historic night for women’s herstory, but also a night of hope.

Where love and progress fought back and beat out racism and fear. I will never forget this experience as long as I live, and one day years from now when someone ask me, what did I do? what did I say? I can answer, I stood up, like many of us did, and I fought back.

Tonight is full of emotions, I think of all the hard working families I grew up with, I couldn’t tell you who was born here or who wasn’t because we are all a community intertwined like a quilt.

I think of the many friends who were finally able to have the weddings they always wanted, and have their love be recognized. I think of the friends that have that gone through witnessing families being torn apart by deportation. It’s too much, it’s all just too much.

Over the months that follow I hope I will begin to heal but I know I will never forget this attack on my people… Now I, along with the nation, will hold our breath as we wait for the next page in America’s history to be written, and I pray it’s a good one.

Will Hillary Clinton Compete for Texas?

WASHINGTON — Recent polls show Hillary Clinton within single digits of Donald Trump in Texas. And Clinton herself told a national magazine last month that she believed the Lone Star State was flippable.

So is a competitive fall presidential campaign coming to a precinct near you? Don’t count on it.

There is little evidence that the Clinton camp will mount a sustained campaign this fall for the state’s 38 electoral votes, according to more than a dozen interviews with state and national Democratic officeholders and operatives.

To be sure, the Democratic presumptive nominee herself fanned the chatter in May, when she told New York magazine that she thought Texas might be in play “if black and Latino voters come out and vote.” And both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have a soft spot for the state, dating back to the time they spent in Texas as operatives working on behalf of George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.

But no one interviewed for this story — people familiar with the Clinton campaign’s electoral strategy, Texas politics or both  — anticipates any sort of serious general election campaign targeting Texas voters in the fall.

“While I’m encouraged by these poll numbers, I take it with a whole shaker full of salt,” said former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost. “I think Texas is going to be in play at some point. I think it would take a lot for Texas to be in play, [but] I think Hillary will make it a closer race than in the past.”

In national politics, it’s assumed that at some indeterminate point, a booming Hispanic population will make Texas competitive.

But for now, Democrats view Texas as too conservative and too expensive.

In the most recent statewide contest, the GOP’s standard-bearer, Gov. Greg Abbott, carried the state in 2014 by a 20-point spread. And in these polarized times, presidential candidates do not organically win states their party has not regularly won in previous presidential elections. It would be a staggering development for Democrats to carry such a state without sustained television, field and voter registration campaigns.

It’s still early, but neither Clinton nor her allied groups have placed television advertising reservations in Texas. And in a dozen interviews with state and national Democratic operatives and officials, not one person said there was any evidence that the Clinton campaign was expecting that to change.

“I’m not hearing that anyone is going out of their way to do anything in Texas above what they always do,” said Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick, who is also a Democratic National Committee member.

There is a plausible argument that Trump’s inciting racial rhetoric is so uniquely galvanizing that Democrats have an opportunity to register and turn out the state’s dormant Hispanic voting population.

Patrick concurred that Trump presents an opening for Democrats for the future and he could imagine organized labor trying to take advantage of the situation to register Hispanic voters in the fall. But while that would be a smart long-term strategy to turn Texas competitive, national Democrats say they don’t see much chance for flipping the state in the short term.

Officially, the Clinton campaign indicated Texas is on the radar. “Hillary for America is committed to reaching voters in Texas and supporting Democrats down ballot now and in the future,” said Marlon Marshall, the director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement for the Clinton effort.

“While Hillary Clinton offers clear plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, Trump’s reckless rhetoric and divisive ideas continue to alienate diverse communities like those in Texas,” he added. “We look forward to engaging voters throughout this election on the choice they face for the future of this country.”

Even as most other Democrats downplay the state’s competitiveness in the fall, they are quick to caveat that their calculations are based on conditions as they stand now, in midsummer. Trump is running an underfunded and erratic campaign, prompting some to wonder if the bottom could fall out for him in Texas.

Judging by its June television advertising, the Clinton campaign and its allies groups are spending on the usual battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia — according to NBC News.

There is also a possibility that Clinton may have to run a defense in Rust Belt states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But should the campaign feel confident and move to a further offensive position, Texas is still likely to remain on the back burner.

There are plenty of cheaper and more competitive states — like Arizona and Georgia — that will come before Texas.

Arizona is intriguing to national Democrats because it boasts an increasingly bitter Senate race, with embattled 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain on defense.

Thanks to a rigid redistricting map, Texas by contrast has few down-ballot Congressional opportunities for Democrats. There is no Senate race in the state this cycle, and there is only one competitive House race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its aligned outside groups are expected to fully invest in challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in the Texas 23rd. Democrat Pete Gallego is vying to win back the seat after being defeated by Hurd two years ago.

But multiple national Democratic sources say they do not anticipate investment in Texas beyond that race.

The Clinton campaign recently unveiled a 50-state strategy, and the campaign is expected to install a state director in Texas soon. A Clinton source said the aim in Texas would be to begin laying groundwork for the future.

“It’s interesting if it gets closer,” said Frost. “That has implications for the future.”

Texas Republicans, of all groups, are perhaps the most enthused over the idea that the state could be in play in the fall.

Republicans say they would love to see Democrats drawn into what they view as a hopeless money pit. But also, within a state GOP torn over its own nominee, a Clinton offensive could be just what it takes to rally an otherwise morose group.

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“The quickest way to activate disenfranchised GOP donors who won’t give to Trump would be an aggressive effort by Democrats to win the state,” said Brian Haley, a Texan who was a top fundraiser in two previous GOP presidential campaigns.

Abbott is one of multiple Republicans who have already sent fundraising emails on the notion.

“She has already made it known that winning Texas will be a focus of her campaign,” Abbott campaign director John Jackson wrote in a recent missive, referring to Clinton. “It’s clear that Hillary will not only continue Obama’s liberal leadership—she will be even worse!”

Trump, to be sure, unnerves some Texas Republicans who worry his rhetoric will repel a generation of Hispanic voters. But many caution that Texas Hispanics do not break down along monolithic party lines.

Chris Perkins, a Texas-based Republican pollster, warns that as polarizing Trump is, Clinton also has her own image struggles.

“Public polls do show that Donald Trump is not very well liked among Hispanic voters, but the theory that they’re going to turn out in record numbers for Hillary Clinton, somebody they also do not have a good opinion of — doesn’t make mathematical sense,” he said.

Author:   – The Texas Tribune

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