By HUGO HENTOFF Oct. 26, 2016
At the third presidential debate Donald Trump used the phrase, “bad hombres,” establishing himself as the first ever major party nominee to use Spanish in a national debate.
Trump’s comments were reportedly an attempt to reach out to Hispanic voters. “His use of Spanish only confirms what the American people already know—that no one has more respect for the Hispanics than he does,” said Trump campaign manager Kellyane Conway.
Further cementing his connection to the Latino community, Trump used Spanish once again during a rally. “It’s time to say adios to all those Mexican criminals, drug dealers, and rapists that are poisoning this country.”
Trump’s inclusive use of Spanish is expected to vastly improve his standing with Hispanic Americans, possibly resulting in him receiving up to 5% of the Latino vote on Election Day.