President Donald J. Trump disbanded two business councils Wednesday after some of the CEOs who make up the groups began to resign. The CEOs claimed the president didn’t denounce white supremacists and the KKK for their part in the Unite the Right rally in Virginia on Saturday, which left one person dead, and another 20 injured.
With the business councils now dissolved, the president’s diversity council is also in question.
Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and an advisor to the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, told MSNBC on Wednesday that he would stay on the diversity council.
Palomarez said, “I will be staying on the council as of right now. This is not about serving a president, this is about serving the 4.2 million Hispanic-owned firms that collectively contribute over $668 billion to our American economy.”
The council’s co-founders are Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Pastor Darrell Scott. According to the website, which has not been updated since Trump won the election, the council’s mission statement is as follows:
The (National Diversity Coalition for Trump) strongly supports the candidacy of Donald Trump for President of the United States. Mr. Trump’s vision for the United States includes creating opportunities for men, women, and children of all racial, economic, and educational backgrounds. Our group represents the voices of our communities. We support Donald Trump and his solutions that address economic disparities, foster job creation, support small businesses, preserve faith & family principles and strengthen communities with conservative action. We will recruit, mobilize, and educate voters to help us elect Donald Trump in November 2016.
Pastor Scott, who is African American, said the following on Thursday: “We have Ku Klux Klan rallies for the last umpteen years in different American states, every year, that don’t get attention. They get this attention now because Trump is the president.”
Palomarez, who says he will remain on the council for the sake of helping Latino businesses, told MSNBC that Trump needs to fire Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, two of the president’s top advisors.
In addition to calling for Trump to remove Miller and Bannon, Palomarez ripped into the president, saying, “A clear, unequivocal denunciation of white supremacy was the order of the day. The moment was upon the president — he failed it miserably.”
Palomarez’s decision to remain on the council so that he has access to the White House is being criticized by Hispanics, including Luis Miranda, a former Democratic National Committee communications director. Miranda believes there is no moral justification for remaining on the council. “You don’t stay on unless you side with Trump and believe there were good people marching alongside Nazis in Charlottesville,” said Miranda. He continued, “In fact, the idea of Trump having a diversity council after spewing white supremacist ideology this week is absolutely ludicrous.”
Cristobal Alex, president of Latino Victory, said, “I honestly don’t think they [the council] have done a damned thing, that’s the problem.” Alex added, “I don’t know if they even meet. They’re basically just doing window dressing and defending Trump, which is absurd.”
Palomarez was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
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