Messaging from Beto O’Rourke’s campaign site in Spanish. Photo: betoorourke.com To max their chances of unseating Trump in 2020, Democrats need to place serious effort, and even more cash, into ensuring Latino turnout is as strong as possible. Hoping to boost the impressive numbers of Latino voters in the 2018 midterms, Democratic candidates are following the template of the Clinton and Obama campaigns by constructing Spanish-language websites. In theory, the sites are a small gesture of inclusivity to the 29 million eligible Latino voters in the United States who speak Spanish. In praxis, the effort could have used another copy edit, or at least a few more read-throughs by a native speaker of the language. According to an analysis by Politico, every Democratic candidate for president had significant spelling mistakes on their Spanish websites; some of the pages even read as if they were plugged into Google Translate, the tool tourists use to order food abroad, or to determine if someone is making fun of them in French, Pashto, or some 98 other languages. According to Politico: The website of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, posted shortly after her Feb. 20 announcement, addresses her mother using a masculine adjective. Sen. Kamala… Read full this story
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