A.J. Delgado is a Donald Trump surrogate and campaign adviser who caused controversy after a series of tweets about his new Communications Director, Jason Miller.
Delgado, 36, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and a lawyer, then deleted her Twitter account, and Miller said he was no longer taking the position with the Trump administration. Yahoo News described Delgado as a Miami attorney who joined the Trump team over Labor Day.
On Instagram, Delgado describes herself as “A.J. Delgado Lawyer; Cuban-American; dog-welfare fanatic. Been known to have some opinions on politics, too. That about sums me up.”
A bio of Delgado refers to her as “a conservative commentator, columnist, attorney, and author.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Delgado’s Tweets About Miller Have Caused a Stir
Delgado unleashed a series of Tweets after Miller was named Trump’s Communication director. She has now deleted her account, but numerous news sites screen captured them.
News.com said that Miller contended he was not taking the Trump administration job so he could spend more time with his family.
Her tweets included:
“Congratulations to the baby-daddy on being named WH Comms Director!”
“When you try to put on a brave face and tweet about nonsense to distract, your feed looks like @Jason MillerinDC’s.”
“When people need to resign graciously and refuse to, it’s a bit … spooky.” (When she was asked on Twitter whom she was referring to, she said, according to The New York Daily News, “Jason Miller. Who needed to resign…yesterday.”)
Delgado also made implications of a sex scandal, said The New York Daily News, tweeting:
“The 2016 version of John Edwards.”
The Daily Beast said Delgado also tweeted, “So, an announcement forthcoming concerning the new Comms Director @JasonMillerinDC tonight.”
Miller resigned December 24 after the tweets came out. The Daily Beast said Miller, whose wife is expecting their second child in January, said in a statement of his family, “It’s clear they need to be my top priority right now, and this is not the time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director.”
Miller previously worked for Ted Cruz’ campaign, said CNN, which said he also said about not taking the Trump job, “After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House Communications Director.”
2. Delgado Has a Law Degree From Harvard University
The bio of Delgado says she graduated from Harvard University Law School.
“A.J. holds a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, she practiced law as a litigator in New York City, representing a variety of Fortune 500 companies,” the bio says. “She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Florida, from which she graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Her senior thesis refuted the claims of Holocaust deniers and exposed their anti-Semitism.”
When she was hired by the Trump campaign, Miller told Yahoo News that Delgado was a “triple threat,” saying, “The thing that I love about A.J. is the range of audiences she can go and speak to. So, as we talk about conservative street cred, she’s absolutely top of the charts, well known in the conservative movement,” and could also appeal to Florida and Hispanic voters.
3. Delgado Is the Child of Cuban Immigrants
A bio on Delgado says, “The child of Cuban immigrants, A.J. is a native Spanish speaker. In addition to writing and speaking about politics, she enjoys mixed martial arts and working to advance the cause of dog welfare.”
She owns four rescue dogs, the bio says.
According to The Daily Caller, “Her father drove a bus for a living and her mother worked in a factory. She didn’t speak English until Kindergarten.
Delgado spoke out on Trump’s behalf on both Spanish and English language newscasts during the campaign, Yahoo said.
4. She Advised Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign
The Daily Caller says Delgado was campaigning for Trump, and interviewed her at the Republican National Convention.
“The reason I feel it is so incumbent on me and I have a duty to really get out there and get Trump’s message out there, is because I am constantly irritated and angered by the false notions that minorities, be it African Americans, Asian Americans or Latinos don’t support Donald Trump,” Delgado told the Daily Caller.
Bloomberg described her as a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign.
Delgado posted this photo to her Instagram page (She doesn’t appear to be active on Facebook):
And this one:
She vigorously defended Trump against claims that racists supported his campaign. Yahoo said her campaign role was described as being primarily communications and that she spent several days a week in New York.
5. Miller & Delgado Previously Caused Controversy When They Visited a Strip Club
According to Page Six, Miller and Delgado visited a strip club in Las Vegas, Nevada the night before the final presidential debate.
Some members of the media were also along. Page Six reported, that Miller, Delgado, and “deputy communications director Jessica Ditto — went with several members of the media from networks, including CNN, NBC and ABC, to Sapphire Las Vegas Strip Club before the big night.”