Florida boasts a population more diverse than the other big swing states in play on election night 2016. Florida’s population is 25 percent Hispanic, and 15 percent black. St. Augustine was “founded” by Ponce de Leon, the first white settlement in what is now the United States. And yet, Donald Trump is deeply unpopular among Hispanics, and on Tuesday, he let the leaders of Miami’s Hispanic community know that apparently, that’s all right with him.
A roundtable that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed for the second time by the Trump campaign late Monday afternoon. While Trump cancelled the meeting with Hispanic leaders, he will host a fundraiser at his Trump National Doral golf course.
In June, the PGA announced that it was moving a national tournament away from Doral and re-locating it to a course in Mexico. Trump’s response? “I hope they have kidnapping insurance,” the mogul said, once more showing his cultural insensitivity toward Mexican immigrants and descendants living in the United States.
The Miami Herald reported that the original roundtable, scheduled for July 8, was postponed after the Dallas police shootings. For Tuesday’s meeting, “The participants that were supposed to be part of the original roundtable are not in town,” Trump national political adviser Karen Giorno told the Miami Herald on Monday. “We’re going to wait until we can get them.”
Trump is so unpopular among Miami Hispanics that an investigation by the Miami New Times was able to uncover only 19 Miami Hispanics who had contributed to Trump’s campaign. On June 15, a national poll showed that 90 percent of Hispanics nationwide had an unfavorable view of the Republican nominee.
In Florida, Marco Rubio is running in the Republican primary against Carlos Beruff, a Cuban-American businessman who has slammed Rubio for his lack of support for Donald Trump. So far, Beruff appears to be the only Florida Hispanic politician who has aligned himself with the Trump campaign.