A Latina Donald Trump supporter has said she agrees with his comments that ‘Mexicans are rapists’ as she campaigns for the controversial presidential candidate on the south Texas border.
As a 24-year-old Latina and daughter of an undocumented Mexican immigrant, Miriam Cepeda may not be your typical Trump supporter.
But that has not stopped the self confessed ‘Trump girl’ from throwing her support behind the Republican and she campaigns for the candidate just a few miles away from where the billionaire plans to build his giant wall on the border.
Cepeda has even defended The Donald’s most outrageous claims that Mexican immigrants are ‘rapists and drug dealers’, during an interview with CNN.
Miriam Cepeda, a Donald Trump supporter, has said she agrees with his comments that ‘Mexicans are rapists’ as she campaigns for the controversial presidential candidate on the south Texas border
‘It’s the truth,’ she told the network. ‘If you look at his comments, he’s the only candidate that’s been upfront with what’s happening in the world.
‘I first hand have seen … friends that are getting involved with illegal activity that’s associated with drugs or human trafficking. It’s an issue that people need to realize is reality.’
The real estate mogul’s controversial outburst have left him trailing Democratic candidate rival Hillary Clinton in the Latino vote, with just 22 per cent compared to her 69 per cent. Clinton is also leading over Trump among female voters, with 52 per cent to is 35.
It means it’s a tough job for Cepeda who spends her free time campaigning near her home in Texas’ Hidalgo County – where 90 per cent of the population are Hispanic or Latino.
‘I get shot down maybe four (out of) five times,’ said the 24-year-old, who admitted her Trump signs are often swiftly destroyed and vandalized. ‘But at the same time, it just takes one positive feedback to keep you going.’
The history student at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, recently threw a ‘Pachanga 4 Trump’ party at the local Republican Party office for around 80 supporters (pictured)
While Cepeda does not formally work with Trump’s campaign, she said she began campaigning for him earlier this year and even met her hero at San Antonio fundraiser on June 17.
The history student at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, recently threw a ‘Pachanga 4 Trump’ party at the local Republican Party office for around 80 supporters.
She is even hoping to become a paid staffer for the campaign.
‘He’s right about everything he says,’ she said of her strong support for Trump. ‘If we don’t have a strong border, we don’t have a nation,’ she said.
Cepeda is also a big fan of his daughter Ivanka who she described as being a perfect role model for women juggling a career and a family.
While the ambitious supporter continues to campaign for the Republican candidate, Trump has done little to help boost his own ratings among the Latino and Hispanic voters.
The real estate billionaire, who kicked off his campaign for president by announcing he was planning to build a giant wall on the border with Mexico, recently doubled-down on his claims that Mexican immigrants were ‘rapists,’ ‘killers’ and ‘drug dealers.’
Appearing on CNN on Saturday, the Republican businessman-turned-politician exploded at the media and retail companies that have cut ties with him over the claim, which he trumpeted during his presidential campaign announcement speech last year.
‘They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,’ he said then. ‘And some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.’
He added: ‘All I’m doing is telling the truth!’
Trump has continued to defend his point of view, citing statistics but not putting a human face on the victims of what he sees as an illegal-immigrant-generated crime wave.
He said on CNN that it was Univision’s digital platform, Fusion, which first reported on an epidemic of women being raped in the process of sneaking across the U.S-Mexico border.
‘Well, if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country, it’s mind-boggling!’ Trump said.
‘It’s unbelievable when you look at what’s going on. So all I’m doing is telling the truth.’
While many Hispanic voters were furious over Trump’s claims, he has found support among some who agree with his foreign policy.
Cepeda insists that a strong border is essential for the United States’ future, while many at her mixer agreed he was the only candidate suitable to fix the issues at the border.