The nation’s Spanish-language media have predictably omitted any protection of Senator Marco Rubio’s current searing indictment of each Latino id politics and Xavier Becerra’s nomination to steer the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
Watch beneath as Rubio calmly dismantled the Becerra nomination in a Spanish-language interview that aired in Orlando, FL:
JESUS TORRES, 97.9 FM (Orlando, FL): There’s been dialogue of the nomination of this official, of Becerra- Xavier Becerra, as Well being Secretary. This could clearly imply a Hispanic occupies this place, and also you’ve been a critic of his, primarily based on this nomination. The affirmation hearings started yesterday, and whoever leads the (HHS) goes to have a serious function with regard to how this pandemic is dealt with and the way we as a nation emerge from it. Are you continue to a critic of this nomination? Why do you oppose the nomination of Secretary Becerra?
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): I’m 100% opposed, and I’ll let you know why. Initially, on the difficulty of (Becerra) being Hispanic. Nicely, I’m additionally Hispanic, and I ran for president, there have been loads of Hispanic Democrats all through the nation who criticized and attacked me. I’ve had Hispanics oppose me in every of my campaigns so yeah, I’ve by no means requested anybody to vote for me just because I’m Hispanic and likewise, nobody ought to ask me to try this. That is about an important function, which is (HHS). Initially, (Becerra) has no expertise in well being care. He was the Legal professional Normal of California. The place he did have expertise, for instance, was in suing nuns and religiously affiliated hospital techniques, in addition to everybody else, over a wide range of social causes that don’t have anything to do with (well being care). So extreme was his overreach that in truth the L.A. Occasions, a newspaper that’s not conservative, criticized him for beating up on these individuals. He’s what’s referred to in English as a “tradition warrior”. And we’d like somebody who’s… what we’d like is somebody who’s an professional on healthcare points, particularly at a time like this. He doesn’t have that qualification, and what’s more- it’s troubling… the best way he… I understand how he used his energy as Legal professional Normal of California as a way to pound on faith-based teams and all the pieces else. Think about what he might do with the ability (of HHS) because the nation’s Well being Secretary.
Rubio laid out a sequence of truths which have gone criminally unreported in Spanish-language media.
The very fact is that Latino id retailers and tradition warriors have been after Rubio ever since he emerged on the nationwide scene, over a decade in the past.
Univision focused Rubio early on, and senior anchor Jorge Ramos even devoted an internationally-syndicated opinion column to Rubio’s defeat within the 2016 GOP presidential major. It might be pure, then, for Rubio to scoff at any demand to toe an ethnic line.
Then there’s the matter of Becerra. The networks that commit important time to the arrest of Mrs. El Chapo can’t appear to seek out the time to report on Becerra’s true file as a persecutor of the faith-based neighborhood. Thus, the Hispanic neighborhood is woefully unexposed to Becerra’s efforts to compel nuns to pay for contraception or to compel speech from faith-based disaster being pregnant facilities, as we famous in Univision’s terrible reporting of his Supreme Court docket smackdown in NIFLA vs. Becerra, which featured this truth-bomb from Justice Anthony Kennedy:
This regulation is a paradigmatic instance of the intense menace offered when authorities seeks to impose its personal message within the place of particular person speech, thought, and expression. For right here the State requires primarily pro-life being pregnant facilities to advertise the State’s personal most well-liked message promoting abortions. This compels people to contradict their most deeply held beliefs, beliefs grounded in fundamental philosophical, moral, or non secular precepts, or all of those.
And the historical past of the Act’s passage and its underinclusive software recommend an actual chance that these people had been focused due to their beliefs.
“Focused for his or her beliefs” has been Becerra’s calling card as California’s Legal professional Normal. Disgrace on the networks for making an attempt to hide that uncomfortable fact from the communities they declare to champion. The reality emerges, nonetheless.