A member of President Donald J. Trump's Hispanic Advisory Committee sharply criticized former South Carolina state representative/failed Lt. Gov. candidate Bakari Sellers' "Cinco de Mayo" tweet critical of the president's proposed border wall with Mexico.
"If you voted for Trump to build the wall you can't celebrate Cinco de Mayo," tweeted Sellers on Friday, May 5th.
Steve Cortes, spokesman for the Hispanic 100 and member of Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council, told Palmetto Business Daily that Sellers, "like most identity politics hucksters, views minorities as monolithic ethnic/racial groups to be exploited for votes."
A Wall Street trader and strategist for more than two decades, Cortes was a frequent TV surrogate for the Trump Campaign in 2016 and member of the president's Hispanic Advisory Council. Earlier this year, he joined Fox News as a contributor.
"Many Hispanics, like me, support Trump precisely because he's pledged to protect Hispanics — whether native-born or legal immigrants — from the economic and street crime ravages of mass illegal immigration," added Cortes.
Cortes also noted that Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. He explained that this battle was was a blow toward French occupation of Mexico and thus a victory for Mexican sovereignty. The proposed border wall, asserted Cortes, is a symbol of sovereignty of both the United States and Mexico. As such, he said Sellers' tweet is "nonsensical."
Sellers, a prolific tweeter, is a frequent critic of President Trump and his supporters. In September 2016, after expressing criticisms of the president on CNN, the president tweeted, "Henry McMaster, Lt. Governor of South Carolina who endorsed me, beat failed @CNN announcer Bakari Sellers, so badly. Funny!”
Sellers lost the 2014 race for South Carolina Lt. Governor to then-incumbent McMaster, who succeeded Nikki Haley in the governor's mansion after she was appointed to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
After the 2014 race, Sellers was hired as a commentator for CNN. He is an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, a personal injury firm based in Columbia, SC.