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Biden’s Senior Latina Advisor Jumps Ship ‘Over Her Lack of Input’ and His ‘Immigration Rhetoric’

Biden’s Senior Latina Advisor Jumps Ship ‘Over Her Lack of Input’ and His ‘Immigration Rhetoric’

“Vanessa [Cárdenas] kept banging her head against the wall trying to get them to take the community more seriously.”

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign hit another snag as his senior Latina advisor Vanessa Cárdenas quit.

She became “frustrated over her lack of input and with the presidential candidate’s immigration rhetoric.”

Marc Caputo at Politico has more:

Vanessa Cárdenas, the most senior Latina Biden staffer, had been serving as national coalitions director since the campaign formally announced its existence April 25. She resigned last week and has since changed her bio on Twitter to say she was “formerly with @joebiden.”

Cárdenas did not return a call or text message, but two friends familiar with her thinking told POLITICO that she felt the campaign wasn’t heeding her advice on immigration as she tried to reach out to Latino groups that have had longstanding concerns with the former vice president’s rhetoric and record stemming from the Obama administration.

Friends said Biden’s campaign has focused so much “on whites in Iowa and African-Americans” while mostly ignoring the Latino community:

“Vanessa kept banging her head against the wall trying to get them to take the community more seriously,” the friend, who wasn’t authorized to speak on her behalf, said. “And Biden just really won’t change when it comes to the way he talks about immigration. It became too much.”

Biden still has a Latino outreach team. Cristóbal Alex, former president of the Latino Victory Fund, serves as a senior advisor. Laura Jiménez works as the Latinx outreach director.

Caputo points out that Biden leads “among Latino voters in many national polls and surveys of states with heavy Hispanic populations.” He has tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in other polls of Latinos.

Despite the polls, Biden has faced criticism among Latinos. The latest happened just last week in South Carolina when he spoke with immigration activist Carlos Rojas. The gaffe highlighted why Cárdenas left:

“No. I will not stop all deportations. I will prioritize deportations, only people who have committed a felony or serious crime,” Biden told Rojas.

Rojas then told Biden that he had volunteered for the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008 but became disenchanted with the Obama administration because “over those 8 years, there were 3 million people that were deported and separated from their families.”

“You should vote for Trump,” Biden cut in.

Cárdenas’ friend stressed to Politico that the exchange showed why she had so many concerns with Biden. The exchange showed that “Biden just refuses to talk about the issue in a compassionate way.”

Biden skipped a forum with Latino leaders in Miami, FL, in June:

“This is one of the first real national platforms for candidates to speak to Latino voters and its leadership, and to be a no-show is a significant risk,” said Arturo Vargas, CEO of the group, known as NALEO.

Biden’s absence at NALEO isn’t an isolated incident, according to operatives and organizers focused on mobilizing Latinos on the ground in key states. His campaign has offered almost no direct outreach or verbal acknowledgment of the rapidly growing Latino electorate, they say, and has made little if any inroads with the Latino community in critical swing states like Nevada or Florida.

In August, Biden had to perform some damage control after he upset “dozens of immigration activists and Latino leaders” for “using what they considered loaded language to describe his views on immigration policy.”

These leaders blasted Biden for using supposed “Republican talking points” during a debate. He said during the debate “that undocumented immigrants need to ‘get in line’ and that the country has been right to ‘cherry-pick’ high-skilled immigrants, notably those with advanced degrees.”


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Gotta hand it to Biden for being realistic on immigration, but he doesn’t seem to know his whole party all that well.

Lady, you are there as a colorful decoration for a white straight man in a party that hates white straight men. I guess you didn’t get the memo that nobody cares what you have to say.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Maybe this helped DEM to jump also.

“Joe Biden says Stacey Abrams….could be …VP… while speaking in Iowa’ – Nov. 24, 2019

How hard is it to run “They’re gonna put ya’ll back in chains!” through Google Translate?

IMHO none of the Democrat Clowns are going to pick Stacey Abrams as a running mate – Abrams is toxic!

    She’s disgusting; she does nothing but play the race card in every situation. We had eight years of a black racist dividing this country along racial lines; we don’t need any more of that crap.

    Besides, how can someone who is morbidly obese be qualified to run the country? She can’t even manage her own health.

Biden just refuses to talk about the issue in a compassionate way.

Joe is running for President, not Sob-Sister-in-Chief.

It is hard to navigate around all the different groups and identities.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 25, 2019 at 3:58 pm

“Vanessa [Cárdenas] kept banging her head against the wall trying to get them to take the community more seriously.”

Maybe if her kind would consider themselves Americans rather than a group to whom candidates must cater, there’d be no need for a [insert catered-to group here].advisor in the first place.

    ^^^^^ THIS! ^^^^^
    Wish I could upvote your comment a dozen times.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to J Motes. | November 25, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you. All of this diversity nonsense has split this country badly. It may not be recovered.

      I will go out on a limb and express an opinion I’ve held for a long time. It is that our nation was far more unified back in the days of fornal segregation, “restricted neighborhoods”, “restricted clientele “, and other such things than it is now. When tragedy struck, we were, at bottom, still Americans. No hyphens. No equivalent of Press 1 for English.

    A lot of the members of the “community” she’s referring to are NOT Americans. They are illegal aliens. That’s why she and her allies are whining about Biden’s unwillingness to say he would stop all deportations:

    ” . . . became disenchanted with the Obama administration because “over those 8 years, there were 3 million people that were deported and separated from their families.””

    Americans don’t get deported. But some illegal aliens do. So long as Joe Biden is unwilling to stop that, he won’t get the support of Cardenas’ “community.”

    If you look below, you’ll find some quotes from Teddy Roosevelt that back you up; he warned us about this happening over a century ago.

    Some people in very high places want to tear this country apart (in truth, they always have), and they may yet get their way…but not without a fight.

Biden has proven himself to be a corrupt thug. His ideas on anything mean no more than any mafia hood: they should be be behind bars.

Biden just hasn’t stopped to realize that illegals vote too.

“Can’t understand a word she says.” Joe Biden

Democrats use human props for every issue and every demographic. She was naive to think that they actually wanted her opinion.

” . . . became disenchanted with the Obama administration because “over those 8 years, there were 3 million people that were deported and separated from their families.”

Boo friggin hoo.

Don’t want to be separated from your families? Then stop breaking our damn laws and sneaking into our country illegally and living and working and stealing ID’s and sucking up welfare benefits here illegally. We’re sick of it, and we’re also sick of your incessant whining about being separated from your families. YOU chose to come here illegally, YOU chose to break our laws, and YOU should have to pay the price for your lawlessness.

Don’t want to be separated from your families? Then stay in your own damn countries with them. It’s that easy.

Wah wah wah. I’m more important than joe but no one will listen to me for umpteen hours blahing away the day.
I see PDJT is winning 34% of the black vote according to two polls.
Imagine if they abandon the dems and find out PDJT is still working his fanny off to make sure there are plenty of jobs for everyone and they can make a solid life.
I have a dream that one day all God’s children will find a great paying job and life the good life.

If you read what Teddy Roosevelt wrote about immigration over a hundred years ago, you find he predicted all this mess, particularly with this ‘hyphenated American’ nonsense.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it. Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back. He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here. He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend upon his knowing English and observing American standards. The employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

“We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself. If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying. We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join with us in raising the level of our common American citizenship. – Teddy Roosevelt

“I appeal to all our citizens,” the colonel said, “no matter from what land their forefathers came, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intriguers and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin.”

“The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself,” the colonel continued, “by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to a breed of spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens. If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandinavian-Americans, and every such banding together, every attempt to make for political purposes a German-American alliance or a Scandinavian-American alliance, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.” – Teddy Roosevelt

“There are plenty of persons who have already made the assertion that they believe the American people have a short memory and that they intend to revive all the foreign associations which more directly interfere with the complete Americanization of our people. Our principle in this matter should be absolutely simple.

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.

“If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.

“We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Stefan Molyneax reads a translated pamphlet printed by the Mexican Consulates instructing their citizens on how to invade the US and use our laws against us to stop their deportation: