Voto Latino
April 16, 2020

ICYMI: Voto Latino Endorses Joe Biden

Today, Voto Latino, the nation's largest Latinx voter registration and advocacy organization, announced their endorsement for Joe Biden for President. In their first presidential endorsement ever, the organization cited Vice President Biden’s “ability to lead and stabilize the country in times of crisis” and the threat President Trump continues to pose to the Latinx community.
Voto Latino Founding President and CEO María Teresa Kumar released the following statement:
“Donald Trump has been a threat to the Latinx community from the moment he descended the escalator to announce his candidacy in 2015. The very foundation of his presidential campaign was based on threats to the Latino community,” said Voto Latino Founding President and CEO, María Teresa Kumar. “Since entering office, he has wreaked havoc, from caging children to creating a denaturalization task force. Even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, he continues to vilify our community, nor has he shown any empathy for the disproportionate number of Latinx people impacted by the virus. In the middle of a pandemic, Trump has prevented Latinx citizens from collecting relief– if even one family or household member is undocumented and is actively trying to lower wages of essential farmworkers. He is an existential threat to the future of the Latinx community, which is the second largest and youngest voting bloc in the country. That is why it is so critical that we register as many as Latinx voters as possible for the 2020 election.
“Joe Biden has demonstrated his ability to lead and stabilize the country in times of crisis,” added Ms. Kumar. “This endorsement is not one that Voto Latino takes lightly–as it is the first one in our organization’s history. However, as an organization charged with enfranchising Latino voters and protecting their rights, we must meet the moment and acknowledge the clear and present danger the current president poses to the Latinx community and our American values. Voto Latino is extremely pleased to support Vice President Joe Biden in his campaign to make Donald Trump a one-term president.
“Voto Latino also thanks Senator Bernie Sanders for all he has done to lead on so many of the social justice issues critical to our community,” concluded Ms. Kumar. “Senator Sanders has been a tireless advocate for our people. We will always be grateful for how he has materially changed the debate in order to place our core issues front and center. His endorsement of Vice President Biden allows us to all move forward in a unified and enthusiastic manner.”
The endorsement is made by Voto Latino, the 501(c)(4) arm of the Voto Latino Foundation, which works to educate, engage and empower Latinx through voter registration and political representation.