MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – This past weekend, the Trump Victory Campaign participated in the 2019 Hmong New Year celebration. At the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown Saint Paul, over 10,000 Hmong Americans and 80 Republicans from the GOP celebrated the Hmong New Year and how President Trump’s policies have benefited them and their families.
“Every year, Minnesotans attend this annual Hmong New Year celebration that commemorates the Hmong culture through dance, music, crafts, and various vendors,” said Republican National Committee (RNC) Spokesperson, Preya Samsundar. “This year, the RNC and the Trump Campaign were proud to participate in the event.”
The Republican Party of Minnesota’s Chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan, was at the event and tweeted, “Celebrating and welcoming the diversity in our nation is what makes America such a strong, inclusive and prosperous nation!”
Since 1975, Minnesota has welcomed more than 66,000 Hmong refugees to its state, with the Twin Cities having the largest Hmong community in the entire United States. Additionally, the economic prospects for refugee populations like the Hmong in Minnesota are growing under President Trump’s policies.
“Not only has the unemployment rate for Asian-Americans hit a record low under President Trump, but we’re seeing increased wages and more opportunities for communities like the Hmong,” Samsundar said. “As we continue to campaign in the state, we look forward to working with members of the Hmong community to keep America great!”
The RNC’s involvement in this year’s Hmong New Year celebration is no coincidence as the party is actively stepping up its engagement with the APA community this cycle. Not only has the RNC hired a Mandarin-speaking Director of Media Affairs for APA, but they have also hired a Vietnamese-speaking communications staffer.