Latina Civil Rights Leader Campaigns Against Trump After 'Year Of Hate'

Latina civil rights icon Dolores Huerta is working to mobilize Latinos to keep Donald Trump out of the White House and criticizing GOPers for not denouncing the candidate who she said is now “the face of the Republican Party.”

Huerta joined with People for the American Way (PFAW) and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to launch "Donald Trump's Year of Hate" on the anniversary of Trump's campaign announcement. The program seeks to reinforce the idea that Trump, with the complacency of the party, has harmed Latinos in the United States through his campaign rhetoric.

That rhetoric has waned Republican Party leaders' enthusiasm for the presumptive nominee in the past two weeks, following his racially tinted attack on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel and a heavily criticized response to the mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead, including many Latinos.

Trump has been admonished by party leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and has even received words of warning from close allies like Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), his point man on Capitol Hill.

Few Republicans have withdrawn their endorsements, however. 

Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist, warns the left could be overplaying its hand. 

"The best way for Democrats to win is to keep Republicans divided," O'Connell said. "If you tie the top to Trump and slam everyone, they may unite to win."

Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist, warns the left could be overplaying its hand. 

"The best way for Democrats to win is to keep Republicans divided," O'Connell said. "If you tie the top to Trump and slam everyone, they may unite to win."

Read more from Rafael Bernal at The Hill

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