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Trump becomes poster boy for efforts to mobilize 2016 Latino voters

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan December 21, 2015.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

After Gabriela Pineda exited the Los Angeles Convention Center this month clutching her naturalization papers, the newly minted citizen marched straight over to a table set up by Democratic Party organizers to register voters.

Among the registration forms was a pamphlet titled “GOP Clown Car 2016.” It featured pictures of each of the Republican presidential candidates.

A word balloon above the image of Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, quoted his controversial remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime,” it read. “They’re rapists.”

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