The White House's Spanish twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca, is also far less active in the Trump era
White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Washington. photo: AP/Andrew Harnik, photo: AP/Andrew Harnik
03 of July 2017 14:47:34
WASHINGTON – The Trump White House no habla español. Well, un poquito.After a succession of administrations that embraced Spanish-language content, President Donald Trump's White House is all but ignoring Spanish speakers even though he has a robust online presence in English.His administration has yet to offer a Spanish White House website. It has eliminated the position of director of Hispanic media outreach. And its Spanish-language Twitter account is heavy with English text and features sloppy translations.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in January that the administration had its "IT folks working overtime" to roll out a new Spanish language site after WhiteHouse.gov/espanol went dark in the hours after Trump took office."Trust me, it's going to take a little bit more time, but we're working piece by piece to get that done," Spicer said at the time. More than five months later, the site still urges readers to "STAY TUNED."The White House's Spanish twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca, is also far less active in the Trump era.The account has tweeted just 41 times since Trump's inauguration; more than one-third of those posts came on the day of his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. Of the 41 tweets, about half were written in English. The Spanish tweets are sprinkled with typos — 11 in all. While most mistakes are minor flubs such as missing accents, those accents often change the meaning of words significantly. For instance, they turn "medical" into "medicate" or "is" into "this."
"For us it was important that all of our constituents across the board were getting as much information as possible about what we were doing," he said.Still, the Obama White House received some criticism for using Spanglish in its initial website on his health overhaul.Activists see the lack of Spanish content as part of a larger pattern by Trump and the administration."I believe they have written off the Latino vote as, 'I'm never going to get it, so why should I even bother?'" said Luis A. Miranda Jr., a Democratic strategist who has worked for Democrat Hillary Clinton as well as Republican Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. (The two Mirandas are not related.)During his campaign, Trump turned off many Latinos with his harsh anti-immigration rhetoric. He criticized rival Jeb Bush for answering a reporter's question in Spanish, saying the former Florida governor "should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.""We have a country, where, to assimilate, you have to speak English. And I think that where he was, and the way it came out didn't sound right to me," Trump said during one Republican primary debate.Trump still won about 28 percent of the Latino vote, similar to Mitt Romney in 2012, according to exit polls.Roberto Izurieta, director of Latin American Projects at George Washington University, said that since Trump began his campaign, his rhetoric has been "very aggressive and very anti-Hispanic.""The president decided on Day One to stay with his electoral base. It means he will keep his divisive rhetoric and stay with his base, which is anti-immigrant," he said.
The White House’s Spanish Twitter account is filled with errors https://t.co/aZfO4S2IGJ— Salon (@Salon) July 3, 2017
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