Trump’s newly formed Asian Pacific American advisory committee has named five Filipino-Americans, including former U.S. Congressman Steve Austria (R-Ohio); Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; Brunswick, Ohio Mayor Ron Falconi; Ron Villanueva, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates; and Pastor Herman Martir of Texas, reports Asian Journal,
“Coupled with the RNC’s historic ground game efforts that have had a presence in AAPI communities across the country for the past three years, we are confident that Asian Americans will turn out for Mr. Trump and the Republican Party ticket on Election Day,” says Fil-Am Ninio Fetalvo, a spokesman for the RNC.
However, according to a survey released in May and conducted by APIAVote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and AAPI, only 31% of Filipino Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party versus 64% for the Democrats.
“Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to gain the AAPI vote by launching an Asian Pacific American Advisory Council with less than 50 days before the election is too little, too late,” said Jason Tengco, AAPI outreach director for the Clinton campaign. “Hillary Clinton has had a career-long record of fighting for the best interests of the AAPI community, and has shown her commitment since the start of her campaign.”
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