Hispanic conservatives across America are up in arms after Univision recently launched an interview with President Donald Trump. The Spanish-language broadcast giant was met with an onslaught of criticism from many in the Latino community, prompting the network to stand by their content, both from the Spanish and English-speaking communities alike.
Many prominent Hispanic conservative voices, such as Senator Ted Cruz, took to Twitter to defend Univision and the importance of giving Trump a platform in order to listen to the president’s thoughts on the issues. “Univision is one of the most respected media companies here in the United States,” Cruz tweeted. He continued in another tweet, “We should hear from Univision’s leadership what they want to say about the issues that matter most to our communities.”
Univision’s decision to extend Trump an invitation for the interview was a result of the network wanting to ensure fair and balanced coverage, especially in light of the president’s sometimes controversial rhetoric regarding many of the country’s Hispanic-Americans.
Hispanics hold varying views on the importance and value of a Univision interview with Trump, but many are on the side of the Hispanic conservatives who are advocating for the network to be given a chance to hear from the country’s leader. While some believe the interview was an opportunity for Trump to express his views, many felt this was just an example of Univision attempting to appease the Hispanic community by having a dialogue with the president.
No matter the opinion, one thing is for sure – the Latino community’s diverse opinion garnered a lot of attention, and allowed for important conversations to take place on both sides. Univision opened the floor for a discussion that hadn’t been presented in the past, and that shouldn’t be overlooked. Hispanic conservatives defend Univision for risking the backlash from the public because by hearing from the president, they believe many community members will gain insight into the administration’s priorities for the country.