The former president of Latinos for Trump has slammed the president's reelection campaign after its lawyers sent his group threatening 'cease and desist' letters.
Marco Gutierrez, who went viral in 2016 when he said the spread of Latin American culture could lead to 'taco trucks on every corner', founded the unofficial grassroots organization that amassed tens of thousands of members.
But in an exclusive interview this week, Gutierrez told DailyMail.com he is now questioning if he will vote for Trump in November, and confessed to asking himself whether the president 'doesn't really like Mexicans.'
The 46-year-old Mexican-American said he lost faith in the Trump campaign when it set up a new group last year to woo Latino voters – but gave it the same name as his nonprofit political group he set up three years earlier.
Marco Gutierrez is the former president of Latinos for Trump who founded the unofficial grassroots organization that amassed tens of thousands of membersz. Last year Trump's reelection campaign sent his group threatening cease and desist letters, only to then started their own group with the same name
The 46-year-old Mexican-American said he lost faith in the Trump campaign when it set up a new group last year to woo Latino voters
Attorneys for the Trump campaign then sent Gutierrez 'cease and desist' letters accusing his group of copyright infringement and threatening them with legal action.
The first letter to the group, obtained by DailyMail.com and dated April 26 last year, warned them not to infringe on the campaign's copyrighted trademarks 'Make America Great Again' and 'MAGA'.
Gutierrez said the legal spat tore apart his organization, and he quit the national group to continue his own California chapter
The letter told the group to 'include prominent disclaimers on each page of its website, on all social media accounts, and on all marketing and promotional materials' saying that Latinos for Trump was not affiliated with Trump's campaign.
Gutierrez and the group's current president, Bianca Gracia, wrote back telling the lawyers they 'have been collaborating efforts with the Public Liaison Office in the White House for the past two years' and had already filed as a non-profit in California and Texas.
But a month later the attorneys at LaRocca Hornik Rosen & Greenberg shot back, accusing Latinos for Trump (LFT) of taking an 'obstructionist path' by 'falsely asserting intellectual property rights' over the group's name and 'misappropriating and trading off of President Trump's name.'
'The Campaign hereby formally disavows all of LFT's activities and demands the LFT immediately cease and desist all activities suggesting that it is affiliated, authorized, endorsed, and/or sponsored by the Campaign,' the letter said.
The attorneys demanded that Latinos for Trump 'cleanse all content representing that LFT has any affiliation with the Campaign from all websites and social media pages' and ended with the threat of legal action.