The Congressional Hispanic Caucus isn’t quite ready to extend an olive branch to President-elect Donald Trump and the caucus' leader said the group wants a meeting with Trump.
“Mr. Trump made a myriad of insulting comments about the Latino community. We need to make sure he better understands the challenges our community faces and does not act on his extreme rhetoric,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez, a California Democrat and Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman.
A conciliatory note was being stuck around the country Wednesday as the reality of a Trump administration set in. From Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, to critics within Trump's own party, there were efforts to move past the acrimony of the campaign.
Among Latinos the sting seemed still too fresh.
“This election yielded a lot of hurt and divisive rhetoric. The Latino community was scapegoated for political gain,” Sanchez stated. “We know there is fear and angst, especially in the undocumented community.”
The caucus is a bipartisan group, but all of its members are Democrats. A separate Hispanic group of Republican members of Congress - the Congressional Hispanic Conference - formed when former President George W. Bush was in office.