The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce made an endorsement Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, but it wasn’t for any candidate attending the event.
The group’s president and CEO, Javier Palomarez, announced it would be endorsing Hillary Clinton in the general election in an interview with CNN.
It’s the first time the group has ever endorsed a candidate for president in the general election. It previously endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Clinton in the 2016 primaries, according to The Huffington Post.
When asked why the group didn’t support Trump even though he is a known businessman, Palomarez said Trump frequently filed for bankruptcy, something he said a president cannot do. He also criticized Trump’s attitude toward women and minorities.
“He will have to do a lot better in reaching out not only to the Hispanic community, to the Muslim community, to women, to American P.O.W.S, to a broad swath of Americans who have been left out of his campaign by design,” Palomarez told CNN. “In sharp contrast, Hillary Clinton has run a campaign of inclusiveness and togetherness. That’s what we need. We need stability. We need people collaborating to move the economy forward.”
Trump met with Palomarez last year and attempted to correct the record on his relationship with Hispanics, according to The Huffington Post.
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