Three Cuban-Americans, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, President Trump’s campaign advisor Mercedes Schlapp and Lourdes Aguirre, a #LatinosForTrump Board member, spoke Tuesday night about the dangers of socialism at the Republican Convention.
“My story began in 1959, before I was born, when my parents’ dreams of a prosperous life turned into a nightmare. Chaos quickly spread when Fidel Castro took control of Cuba, ”said Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to hold that position.
Nuñez recalled Castro’s confiscation program and his persecution of the Church, which led to the deportation of hundreds of priests and nuns as well as the end of Christian education in Cuba.
“Let me assure you that socialism offers no opportunity. Socialism deprives. It is a falsehood that feigns promises for its masses and consistently only produces misery, ”said Nuñez.
The lieutenant governor praised President Donald Trump, whom she defined as a leader who “has put the United States first.” Nuñez recalled the good performance of the economy before the pandemic, as well as the president’s initiatives to return companies to US soil.
The Republican strategy for Trump’s reelection has been to relate the Democratic Party to socialism as a political system and for this the president has reached out of communities of Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan exiles, who have suffered totalitarian governments in their countries.
The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) responded to Nuñez’s speech recalling an alleged tweet from the lieutenant governor in 2016 saying that Donald Trump was the “biggest scammer there is” and accusing him of being a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Donald Trump has certainly not changed since Núñez tweeted his criticism: he continues to sow division, lie to the American people and traffic in hate,” said FDP spokeswoman Frances Swanson.
For her part Mercedes Schlapp, who has worked closely with President Trump in his reelection campaign, she said that she feels called “from a very young age” to participate in the “great battles” to save the United States.
“You are seventy, eighty years old on this Earth. What are you going to do with it? Are you going to make that difference? Are you going to say ‘I was there for the great battles in our country to save America’? ”He said.
Speaking to el Nuevo Herald after his speech at the Republican Convention, Schlapp said he felt “deep pride” in his Cuban roots.
“President Trump has promoted, not only Cubans, but all Hispanics, and it was a great honor to share my story with other Latinas,” he added.
Schlapp was the visible face of the Trump campaign that lashed out at Colombian left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro, who backed Joe Biden’s candidacy for the November general election.
Lourdes Aguirre, of the Latinos for Trump campaignDuring his speech, he stressed the economic boom in the country and the Republican postulates on school freedom and business.
“President Trump has been very attentive to the Cuban-American community and to all Hispanics. As a businessman, he understands that we are workers, we love our families and we don’t want socialism here, ”Aguirre told el Nuevo Herald.
“It was a great honor for me to participate in the convention and speak about the opportunities this nation has given me and for which so many Cubans have fought. We are an example of the American Dream, “he added.
With these three speeches, there are already four Cuban-Americans speaking at the Republican Convention that still has two more nights ahead. The Cuban community in the United States is considered by experts as one of the most successful among Hispanics in the country, with almost 40 percent of university students and a quarter of a million companies, according to data from the Census Bureau.
It is estimated that just over two million Cuban-Americans reside in the United States, a good part of whom live in South Florida, a state considered key for the November presidential election.
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