Antonio Villaraigosa: “We Must Vote to Stop Trump”

The former mayor of Los Angeles has a campaign to motivate the Latino and Asian vote through his political action committee 'Build Bridges Not Walls'

Antonio Villaraigosa.
Antonio Villaraigosa.
Foto: Ciro César / La Opinión

The former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, is convinced that the only way to prevent Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States is by pushing Mexicans to go out and vote.

“We do not participate. We are the group that least become citizens and the least to vote,” Villaraigosa said.

“If we want to stop Trump, we need to focus on getting Mexicans registered to vote,” Villaraigosa said at a meeting with the editors of La Opinion.

He added that he has even spoken with Mexican authorities so that they may motivate those living in the United States who qualify for citizenship to become citizens.

“It pleases me to see you are already doing workshops for citizenship,” he said to our editors.

Since last year, several organizations, local governments and media, among them La Opinion, joined forces to launch the historic campaign “Protect yourself!… Citizenship Now!“, to encourage nearly 800,000 legal residents in Los Angeles to become naturalized citizens.

The also former president of the California State Assembly said that he is part of a campaign to make many first-generation Latinos and new Latino and Asian citizens to register to vote and go to the polls on Election Day.

“We must tell them: you have the power to influence on whom will become president. We have to vote because Latinos and Asians do not do it in large numbers,” he said.

Villaraigosa defined the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a narcissist, misogynist and unstable candidate.

“He’s a threat!,” he said, in clear allusion to Trump’s plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico to prevent the passage of immigrants.

Moving the Latino Vote

Villaraigosa arrived at La Opinion with his son Antonio Villaraigosa Jr., a graduate in Urban Planning who has been his right hand in a 20-month tour throughout the state to listen to people’s problems in person.

But ever since last month, and until the day of the presidential election, he will focus on campaigning against Trump and on motivating to get out the vote.

In June, he announced the launching of the new political action committee to mobilize voters, “Building Bridges Not Walls,” to fight anti-immigration policies which are the backbone of the national Republican Party platform.

Initially, this committee, founded by Villaraigosa, will target voters in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Colorado, but it will concentrate its efforts where necessary to prevent Trump to become the next President of the United States.

Through this campaign, the former mayor hopes Angelinos not only help integrate Latinos into politics but that Trump is defeated and their candidate Hillary Clinton gets a victory.