After several missteps in its attempts to win over black and Latino voters, the Donald Trump campaign is turning its attention to Asian Americans, a rapidly growing demographic that is playing an increasingly important role in presidential elections.
On Sunday, the Trump campaign announced the creation of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee, a group of “leaders who will engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on relevant issues.” The committee will focus on building grassroots support for Trump among Asian Americans and will meet with the Republican candidate to share its thoughts on the best ways to promote educational opportunity, fire up the economy, and create jobs.
The committee is co-chaired by Gov. Eddie Calvo of Guam and Gov. Ralph Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands, two Republican-led US territories. Several of the committee members have experience in politics, including Elaine Chao, a former labor secretary under George W. Bush and the first Asian American woman appointed to a presidential cabinet, and Sean Reyes, the current attorney general of Utah. Others, such as Lisa Shin, the founder of Korean Americans for Trump who spoke onstage at July’s Republican National Convention, have worked at the grassroots level to promote Trump within their communities.