But many now cannot abide the GOP standard bearer. Hillary Clinton is equally unpalatable to them but they fear Trump’s rhetoric and policies on immigration could alienate the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group and stall efforts to bring more Hispanics into the Republican Party.
“I could never, ever, ever, vote for this man. I can’t even say his name. He has offended me, he has offended the people I love, and the people I represent,” said Rosario Marin, a California Republican who served as U.S. Treasurer under President George W. Bush.
“I have been a Republican in places not easy to be a Republican,” Marin added. “I have fought for my Republican principles, I have fought hard to register Latinos as Republicans — to run as Republicans. And, here comes along this man who doesn’t represent any of that. And I’m supposed to support him? No.”