The next announced speaker was Zoraida Fonalledas, a Puerto Rican whose family wealth probably exceeds Mitt Romney's. For some reason, the Paulistas then erupted again. They were shouted down by others. But once Fonalledas approached the podium, a strange thing happened—the shouts turned into "USA!USA!" This chant was not heard when Preibus was being jeered. See the longer video:
Fonalledas discovered that despite all her money, Republicans still have no respect for her. Fox News Latino reported:
A visibly upset Zoraida Fonalledas, Chairwomen of the Committee on Permanent Organization, was greeted by chants of "USA, USA, USA" when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus introduced her to the convention crowd. The chants kept coming until Priebus stepped back up to the podium and told the delegates to let Fonalledas take care of her business. Just a little bit awkward.Just a bit. Some argued that the chants had nothing to do with Fonalledas being a Puerto Rican woman, that the chants involved a dispute over sitting Ron Paul delegates. Those apologists will have to explain how a protest over delegate seating turned into a chant of "USA! USA!" directed at a Puerto Rican woman of immense wealth.
As Antonio Villaraigosa says, the GOP "can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname" and expect Latinos to vote Republican. Especially when they treat them like this. One other point to consider: Jan Brewer (yes, Jan Brewer!) accused President Obama of race baiting:
To paraphrase Sally Field, they hate us! They really hate us! And we've noticed.