In a December 10 story by Yahoo News National Correspondent Hunter Walker, a key adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that Latinos who are “aren’t even here legally” and  “can’t vote” are the only Latinos who don’t support Trump. Here is what Michael Cohen, whom Hunter said is “a longtime member of Trump’s inner circle” and Trump Organization executive, told Hunter:

According to Cohen, Trump needs to win black voters because other minority groups won’t support him: “The truth, yeah, I’m trying to coordinate it because I am mindful of the fact that, you know, there are coalitions and I’m talking about now like Hispanic coalitions that … will not support Trump,” Cohen explained. “And that’s OK because the ones that don’t like Trump aren’t even here legally and they can’t vote, so it doesn’t really matter, right? And I understand their point of view. They’re — they do not want to be asked to leave right? And go back where? Go back to their homes? You know they don’t want to. So I understand.”

Cohen’s comments come at a time where a recent MSNBC/Telemundo poll earlier this week reported that 67% of Latinos have a negative view of Trump. In addition, a recent Pew Research poll showed that the Latino population in the United States is already less foreign-born. In fact, the vast majority of Latinos are U.S. citizens:

When it comes to U.S. citizenship, about three-in-four Hispanics (76%) are either U.S.-born (65%) or naturalized U.S. citizens (11%). Among the origin groups, those with the highest citizenship rates are Puerto Ricans (99%), Spaniards (93%), Cubans (76%) and Mexicans (75%). By comparison, Hondurans and Guatemalans have the lowest rates of citizenship, at about 50%.”

FEATURED IMAGE: Donald Trump in August, 2015 (Michael Vadon)

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