Liberals across the country have been rendered speechless after learning one of the president-elect’s biggest critics just became one of his advisers.
Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), was offered and accepted the position as an adviser to the president-elect’s National Diversity Coalition (NDC).
Palomarez supported Hillary Clinton during the election, once publicly calling Trump a “buffoon,” and even said Trump’s deportation plan is “the argument of a child” and “fear mongering at its worst.”
His feelings for Trump seem to have changed dramatically, as he now says he is “enthusiastic” to work with the incoming administration.
“Our association is going to respect the process and respect the will of the people. We’re going to do everything we can to help the new administration move this country forward,” Palomarez told Buzzfeed. “I’m very enthused and encouraged by the progress thus far.”
Three sources say Palomarez was actually being considered for a position in Trump’s cabinet, a topic that the president-elect’s attorney and adviser, Michael Cohen, was able to clear up.
“Because Javier explained to me that he was not in a position to leave the Hispanic chamber of commerce, I asked him to serve as an adviser to [Trump’s] National Diversity Coalition,” Cohen stated.
Palomarez may still disagree with many of Trump’s positions on immigration but says his conversations with Cohen have left him a bit more hopeful about the changes the president-elect may make when he steps into office.
“In my conversations with [Cohen], they’ve made it clear to me they’re not in the business of breaking up families and deporting children,” Palomarez said. “Now, does that make it into policy? I can’t say, man.”
According to Cohen, one reason for the founding of the NDC was to “dispel the notion that Mr. Trump is one of the many things that the liberal mainstream media tried to label him as — that he is anti-Hispanic.”
The website of the NDC says the coalition “supports 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.”
In an opinion editorial written for The Hill , Raul A. Reyes, a NYC columnist and NBC News contributor, writes, “What a sad waste of Palomarez’s expertise, experience and abilities. Palomarez’s decision appears at best misguided and at worst opportunistic. His joining the Donald Trump diversity coalition means the loss of an influential, once-credible voice for the Latino community.”
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