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Former Telemundo President Nely Galán Schools Why Donald Trump's Messaging Negatively Impacts His Latino Vote Efforts

First Posted: Jun 01, 2016 03:44 PM EDT
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Former Telemundo President Nely Galán is promoting her new book, "Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way," and the former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant spoke against the term "illegal" immigrant and Donald Trump's trouble in attracting Latino voters.

Trouble with Trump's Messaging

Galán, who competed in the seventh season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," appeared on "Fox and Friends" on Memorial Day and said the New York businessman needs to work on his messaging.

Acknowledging that she isn't a political pundit, Galán said, "I think right now, he really needs to work on his messaging and I can't support his messaging. I think when you have women, like the women we have and the families we have and the diversity that we have, you can either lead by kind of fearmongering, or you can lead by lifting these women up and saying, 'you guys are doing so well.'"

She admitted to not knowing how Trump can improve his messaging to improve the Republican presidential candidate's Latino and women outreach, but a "pivot" must occur.

"He'd have to make a real pivot. And I don't know if that pivot would feel authentic at this point. Because again, when you have these people that are immigrants in America, people that are -- you know, immigrants make up half of all entrepreneurs," Galán said.

The Difference About "Illegal" Immigrants

"Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade told Galán that Trump's problem "is illegal immigrants, not immigrants." But Galán noted that the messaging is basically saying "I like this minority, but not that minority."

Kilmeade replied with, "Not really."

"First of all, we don't even like that word, 'illegal immigrant,' it's undocumented people," Galán said.

Galán then explained to Kilmeade about the people who come across the border without authorization.

"People that come across the border are undocumented. But I think, without getting into that because I'm not a political pundit, what I care about is how we speak about people in this country," Galán said. "I think, you have to remember that people like Latinos for instance who are -- Latina women are the number one emerging market in the world, right, in the U.S."

"You know, when you speak about people in a way that's not lifting them up, that's not honoring all the good things that they're doing, and what you hear is something's wrong with these people, that's not the right messaging. And I think you have to remember that Latinos are very conservative people. When you look at the idea that Republicans, in general, have not really messaged properly to all of these diverse people," continued Galán.

Galán has a point in regards to Latinos being conservative, such as Republican New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., to name a few.


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