Amigosgiving is one of multiple holiday events occurring across the country at various RNC community centers as part of the party’s initiative to reach more minority voters, which began prior to the 2022 midterm elections.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to the Washington Examiner that the committee is honored for the centers to host events that will “bring people together and help those in need.”
“Across the country, Republicans are gathering to give thanks for our communities, our families, and our great nation,” McDaniel said. “The RNC is making a difference and investing in communities — a year-round commitment to grow our party.”
Since McDaniel became RNC chairwoman, the committee has opened 38 community centers across several states.
Other events are being held at black and Hispanic community centers in Phoenix; Bakersfield, California; Doral, Florida; Omaha, Nebraska; McAllen, Texas; Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.
The centers will have Thanksgiving food drives, potlucks, volunteer appreciation dinners, Christmas toy drives for disadvantaged families, and phone banking for Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker ahead of the Georgia runoff. The Amigosgiving at the Tampa Hispanic community center will also air World Cup soccer games.
Minority voters have been the target of the GOP, especially in the 2022 midterm elections, with surprising results. Exit polling showed that while black, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander voters trended toward Democrats overall, Hispanic and Asian support for the GOP jumped 10 points and 17 points, respectively. Black voters shifted to the right by 4 points.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) achieved personal and state success after flipping Miami-Dade County. The county, with its large Hispanic population, typically voted for Democrats. However, DeSantis became the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the county since 2002, garnering 53% of the vote.