Our new whitehouse.gov, just made some major changes, unlike the online home of the Obama administration, the new page has no Spanish-language content.
President Trump made it a point during the Republican primary season to let everyone know of his preference for immigrants to learn English. Trump even mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for catering to immigrants who refused to learn English by speaking Spanish to them on the campaign trail.
‘This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.’ Trump declared during a September 2015 debate.
Then-candidate Trump told ABC News weeks earlier that ‘while we’re in this nation, we should be speaking English.’
Trump uttered only Spanish word during the 23 debates and televised forums in which he participated, and it didn’t help him.
‘We have some bad hombres here, and we’re gonna get ’em out,’ he said in an October debate with Hillary Clinton, referring to illegal immigrants who remained in the United States despite convictions for violent crimes.
The chairman and CEO of U.S. English, our country’s most vocal advocate of making English the official language of the United States, told reporters that the Trump administration shouldn’t give Spanish-speakers any special dispensation.
‘Maybe if they’re going to do it in Spanish, they should also use all 323 languages spoken in the United States, right?’ asked Mauro Mujica. ‘Why just one and not the other 322?’
Mujica cautioned that while ‘we have no problem with it,’ the English-only White House website might only be temporary as the new administration comes up to speed.
‘I would assume they’re deciding in how many languages they want to do it,’ he said, but ‘English is the de-facto official language of this country.’
‘I know many of those people including the president, but nobody has asked us what they should do,’ Mujica acknowledged.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer directed questions about the English-only website to media affairs director Helen Aguirre Ferré.
Spicer took a question about Spanish-language website content during his first official press briefing hours later.
‘We are continuing to build out the website both in the issue areas and then that area,’ he said.
‘But we’ve got the IT folks working overtime right now to continue to get all of that up to speed. And trust me, it’s just going to take a little bit more time but we’re working piece-by-piece to get that done.’
Trump actually lost the Hispanic vote to Hillary Clinton by a 65-29 margin last November, but it had little effect on the election’s outcome.
Exit polls revealed that these (most likely illegal immigrants, but that’s just my uneducated opinion) people made up 11 percent of the voting public, and were largely confined to non-battleground states like California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.
Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush, the three other Republican presidential nominees, made Spanish-language websites part of their campaign.
But Trump is no ordinary president, he made no serious bid to reach out to them in their native tongue – including online.