Jacob Monty resigned from the board following the Phoenix speech, telling Politico that he was disappointed in the rhetoric Trump used in Phoenix.
“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” he told Politico. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”
Monty and other members of the Hispanic advisory board met with Trump earlier in August, where the Republican nominee reportedly suggested he could soften his policy on deporting undocumented immigrants.
“When we met [earlier in August] he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers,” Monty told Politico on Wednesday. “He didn’t deliver any of that.”
Another Latino surrogate for Trump, Alfonso Aguilar, also told Politico that he was disappointed by Trump’s speech.
“It’s so disappointing because we feel we took a chance, a very risky chance,” Aguilar, who organized Latino conservatives to support Trump in a letter, told Politico. “We decided to make a big U-turn to see if we could make him change. We thought we were moving in the right direction … we’re disappointed. We feel misled.”
“I can tell you there’s a real possibility we will withdraw support from Donald Trump because of that disappointing speech,” he added.