Univision – which has sparred with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump throughout the primary election cycle – is now attempting to register three million Latino voters ahead of the general election in November.
“The Republican Party has had an incredible opportunity to reach Latino voters, and they failed,” the Spanish network’s top anchor Jorge Ramos opined. “You cannot say, ‘Vote for me, but I want to deport your mother or your brother.'”
The LA Times reports:
The network published an online voter guide Tuesday and is partnering with several organizations to register eligible Latinos — a population that has grown 40% in the past eight years alone. Univision will broadcast public service announcements across its 126 local television and radio stations about the importance of voting and is enlisting one of its young stars to tell his own story about becoming a voter. A spokeswoman for the network said Univision’s campaign news team will be bigger than any previous election, with 36 reporters and producers already assigned to campaign coverage.
Univision broke a contract with Trump to carry his Miss Universe pageant after Trump made critical comments about illegal immigrants and crime during his presidential launch at Trump Tower in June. Trump sued Univision, and the two recently reached settlement.
Trump also ejected Ramos from a press conference when he repeatedly questioned Trump about deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, as Trump has vowed to do as president.
“Ramos and Univision’s co-owner have been criticized for their own ties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which some conservatives believe calls into question the network’s objectivity,” the LA Times noted.
“Univision co-owner Haim Saban has donated several million dollars to an outside group working to elect Clinton, and Ramos’ daughter is working on the Clinton campaign.”