Diaz on Trump’s Speech, COVID-19 and Racial Justice

Sonja Diaz, executive director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at UCLA Luskin, provided live commentary on the Republican National Convention as a political analyst on KTLA News. On the convention’s final night, Diaz noted that President Trump’s speech did not meaningfully address two issues important to Americans: the COVID-19 crisis and nationwide calls for racial justice. Trump has decried protests against racism as lawlessness but has not acknowledged police misconduct, Diaz said. His comments on the coronavirus “haven’t really got into the meat of how it’s impacted families,” focusing instead on placing blame on China, she said. With the death toll, job losses and safety fears caused by COVID-19, Diaz questioned whether Trump’s speech was adequate to win back disaffected voters. “I don’t know how that’s going to play with white female voters across this country,” she said.


 

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