Ralph Alvarado boasted of being the first Hispanic elected to the Kentucky State Senate when he spoke at the national convention of the Republican Party, which confirmed the nomination of Donald Trump.
The legislator from Winchester, son of Hispanic immigrants, gave his only message in Spanish from the podium to urge Latinos to vote for Trump.
Alvarado, who represents District 28, which includes Clark, Montgomery and part of Fayette counties, initially supported the presidential candidacy of Sen. Rand Paul.
When Paul withdrew, he then supported Marco Rubio until he withdrew after losing the primary in Florida to Trump.
“We live in an island of freedom and opportunity. Vote to protect that. Vote with me. Vote Republican. Vote for Donald Trump,” encouraged Alvarado.
What Alvarado made clear in his speech is that to be a clown in the circus of Trump first is necessary to dress in as many different hats as possible, whichever best conforms to the ludicrous and farcical.
And that is the first condition for jesters, their face painting. The different layers of makeup end up drawing a character to illustrate the “diversity” in the show; the jester’s true identity is hidden. Moving from being simply an individual to becoming a servant of the great farce.
Alvarado has never represented the interests of the Hispanic immigrant community during his career as a legislator. During previous addresses, he even came to publicly support the adoption of draconian immigration laws, such as local police working as officials of immigration — an error of historical proportions.
In other words, an Hispanic damaging Hispanics in order to climb up the ladder in a political party hijacked by xenophobia and populist nationalism.
During his short speech, he never used the word “undocumented” for promoting a path to citizenship to millions of human beings who have worked and paid taxes for decades in this country. Nor did he denounce the political party he represents as being the major obstacle to immigration reform.
The unfortunate thing in this tragi-comedy is Alvarado showing his support to a candidate who’s labeling millions of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. The layers of makeup made Alvarado forget his origins, his skin color and the language he speaks.
The circus does not end there, the big show continues in Kentucky when the clown costume is set aside and Alvarado completes his transformation into La Malinche, the historical character that embodies those who betray their own people in exchange for a small shrine in the circus of power.
Andres Cruz is publisher of La Voz de KY.