While we were all focused on the Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton launched a Spanish-language Twitter account and website in possibly her biggest and most transparent move to pander to Hispanic voters yet.
Le presentamos ¡Hillary en español!, una nueva cuenta para compartirles información sobre esta campaña presidencial. https://t.co/lBv55XOiox
— Hillary en español (@Hillary_esp) July 20, 2016
“We present ‘Hillary in Spanish!,’ a new account to share information with you about this presidential campaign,” the first tweet reads.
Clinton has had staffers writing tweets in Spanish for her official Twitter account for months, but this new account specially dedicated to Latino outreach was launched Wednesday. Her campaign also created a Spanish-language voter registration webpage.
“Mi familia ha estado aquí desde 1731 antes de que fuera los Estados Unidos” —Armandina de Texas.https://t.co/iydIGHktat
— Hillary en español (@Hillary_esp) July 21, 2016
This Twitter user says what we’re all thinking:
— Marquis~ Hotep (@YungGodMarquis) July 20, 2016
Her campaign also put out a few morally righteous statements with thinly-veiled digs at Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Translated, one press release reads:
“During the last year, we have seen divisive, offensive and hateful language directed at many of us who speak Spanish and also toward many of us who don’t. Our voices will not be silenced, whether they are in English, Spanish, or any other language. This account is a reminder that it doesn’t matter the language you speak; the values that unite us as human beings transcend the intolerant ideas about us and how we should speak.”
Another statement paints Clinton as an angelic, loving figure, reading in part, “Hillary Clinton recognizes that diversity and multiculturalism [are some] of the greatest strengths of our country… Here at the Hillary campaign, we respect tolerance, inclusion and diversity. This is the spirit behind @Hillary_esp.”
With Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who speaks Spanish fluently, rumored to be on Clinton’s shortlist for vice presidential candidates, you have to wonder if this new Twitter account is part of a renewed push to get the Latino vote.
Notable: @timkaine breaks into Spanish. Subtle way to remind Clinton that he's the only contender who's fluent in the language.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) July 14, 2016
Twitter users reacted strongly to the news of Clinton’s newest pandering scheme.
Many of the people she wanted to impress didn’t seem to be buying what she’s selling. Many tweets called her a liar or saw right through her ploy.
— _._Dimos_._ (@Chris_Dimos) July 21, 2016
— Maria Lopez (@MariLopez1988) July 20, 2016
“Lying old woman! Give up the Spanish, you only want our vote. Witch!” the tweet reads.
A few more criticized her record as Secretary of State, proving Hispanics care about a variety of issues—something the Clinton campaign doesn’t seem to understand, as every one of the twelve tweets on her new account talks about immigration.
Tú destruiste Libia y Siria, @Hillary_esp Eres tan peligrosa como el fascista Trump.
— Chúo de Chuao (@yayito73) July 21, 2016
“You destroyed Libya and Syria, Hillary. You are as dangerous as the fascist Trump.”
— Rambo Braveheart (@tdltdltdltdl) July 20, 2016
@Hillary_esp explique primero Benghazi, explique sus correos, explique el aumento de sus cuentas bancarias . Y aprenda algo en español
— Irela (@Irela31) July 21, 2016
“First explain Benghazi, explain your emails, explain the increase in your bank accounts. And learn something in Spanish.”
Hillary isn’t putting very much faith in the intelligence of those voters she cares so much about.
— #MZ2018 (@BIGSHOWGIRL) July 21, 2016
@Hillary_esp because Hillary believes Latino citizens don't speak English. How insulting….?
— Elizabeth (@Eli22301003) July 20, 2016
This tweet really hits the nail on the head:
— ShaunKing (@ShaunTrickdYall) July 21, 2016