President Donald Trump did traditionally well in regards to the Hispanic vote. In both Texas and Florida, the Republican politician candidate succeeded amongst Hispanics.
Per NBC News, “55 percent of Florida’s Cuban-American vote went to Trump, according to NBC News exit surveys, while 30 percent of Puerto Ricans and 48 percent of ‘other Latinos’ backed Trump.” Nationally, he went from 28% amongst Hispanics to 32%.
What occurred here? Did specific concerns at stake in the 2020 election impact the Hispanic neighborhood’s votes? What about Trump’s migration policies? And finally, exists even a Hispanic ballot bloc– or should we take a look at these citizens in a various method?
Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Diplomacy at The Heritage Structure, signs up with “The Daily Signal Podcast” to go over all this and more.
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Rachel del Guidice: We’re signed up with today on “The Daily Signal Podcast” by Mike Gonzalez. He’s a senior fellow in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Diplomacy at The Heritage Structure. Mike, it’s terrific to have you with us on “The Daily Signal Podcast.”
Mike Gonzalez: It’s completely my satisfaction to be able to talk to you and to your audience of The Daily Signal.
Rachel del Guidice: Well, thanks. It’s terrific to have you back on. Likewise, while votes, Mike, are still being counted and we still do not understand for sure who the next president will be, President [Donald] Trump did traditionally win well in regards to the Hispanic vote, per NBC.
Fifty-five percent of Florida’s Cuban American vote went to Trump, according to NBC News exit surveys, while 30% of Puerto Ricans and 48% of other Latinos backed Trump. What is your viewpoint on all this?
Gonzalez: Well, I imply, something that it did do is that it revealed, what you simply stated, the Hispanic vote does not exist. I do not understand how typically I require to state this, there is no Hispanic vote. There’s a Cuban vote in Miami, similar to there is an Irish vote in Boston.
The Irish vote in Texas is really various from the Irish vote in Boston. The Irish vote in Texas is more conservative, more Republican, more GOP. The Irish vote in Boston is typically Democrat.
The Cuban vote in Miami has actually been highly pro-Trump. I do not think it’s 55%, I believe it is much greater.
Surveys entering put it at, Trump had a 38 portion point lead on Joe Biden in the surveys entering into the election. So I do not believe it was 55%. I imply, that’s what they offered Trump in 2016. They offered him 56%. And if anything, it will be much, much, much higher this year.
… The number that I have actually seen today is 69%. However yes, 69% for Trump, 30% for Biden amongst Cuban Americans in South Florida.
The Puerto Rican vote in the I-4 passage in between Tampa and Orlando was likewise really crucial. And it’s, once again, a really various Puerto Rican vote from the one, for instance, in New york city or at Hartford, Connecticut, or Philadelphia. It is far more conservative.
The Puerto Rican vote in the Northeast is really, really liberal. This vote in the I-4 passage, Central Florida, is far more conservative.
And After That … Trump outshined with Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley. There’s one county, Zapata, which he really won, which Hillary [Clinton] had actually won by 30 points. That county is 95% Mexican American and Trump won that county. And he enhanced in all the other counties of the RGV.
… Oh, and let me point out, by the method, I do not understand if you wish to enter this later on, is the defeat of Proposal 16 in California. … Chinese American moms and dads arranged this. Their own affinity groups like Asian Americans Advancing Justice protested them.
They beat Proposal 16 at an even greater rate than Proposal 209 in ’96, which is the very first one to eliminate affirmative action, racial choices. So all in all, this is a great defeat of identity politics all over the nation.
Del Guidice: Well, in Texas, per Vox, Biden won the Hispanic vote by 19 points this year, according to the exits, however that’s below Hillary Clinton’s 27-point margin in 2016. What do you make from this, Mike?
Gonzalez: Well, as I simply stated, there is no Hispanic vote in Texas or anywhere. It does not exist. I understand that the media likes to discuss it because sense. It’s a Mexican American vote. And in the Rio Grande Valley, in the heartland, conventional Mexican Americans have actually resided in Texas. Trump truly outshined there compared to 2016.
And the numbers, I have them here, in Hidalgo County, he enhanced by 25 portion points. In Zapata County, he won that a person out right. In, I believe, Jim Hogg County, … he enhanced by 39 portion points.
So the enhancement from [2016 to] this year in all these counties– Zapata County, Starr County, Webb County, Zavala, Brooks County, Hidalgo County in Southern Texas. And this is not a Hispanic vote, right? This is a Mexican American vote. This is the heartland of the Mexican, of the Tejano vote. This is a Tejano vote in Texas.
Del Guidice: Do you believe, Mike, there were any specific concerns at stake in the 2020 election that had a specific effect on Mexican American neighborhoods’ votes?
Gonzalez: Yeah, I believe they like the economy. … The Trump economy was great. I believe individuals comprehend that what occurred with COVID-19 had absolutely nothing to do with the financial gains that have actually been made in the very first 3 years.
What is clear is that there was no repudiation of Trump. In reality, Trump did really, effectively, and he united a really various union. And I believe the liberals are really shocked by what they’re seeing here.
And among the reasons that liberals have actually been surprised is due to the fact that they continue to think there’s such a thing as a Latino vote. There’s no Latino vote.
I comprehend that specialists require to feed their households and they need to press this concept, there’s a Latino vote. You have, as I stated, really various groups. Once again, as I stated in the past, the Irish vote in Boston is really, really various from the Scots-Irish vote in Kentucky and West Virginia.
Del Guidice: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a press reporter for The New york city Times Publication and a leader of the 1619 Task, tweeted on Tuesday, “One day after this election is over I’m going to compose a piece about how Latino is a contrived ethnic classification that synthetically lumps white Cubans with black Puerto Ricans and Native Guatemalans and assists describe why Latinos assistance Trump at the 2nd greatest rate.”
Mike, you have actually discussed this. Can you inform us your viewpoint?
Gonzalez: I have actually tweeted back at her and I discussed her in an op-ed that I’m releasing tomorrow. She’s entirely ideal. I imply, I do not get to state really typically, “Nikole Hannah-Jones is 100% right.” She is 100% right.
She gets it incorrect in a subsequent tweet when she stated last night that these are classifications produced by whites. No. These are classifications produced by leftist activists and ideologs, however absolutely nothing to do with their color.
On that tweet, she was 100% right.
Del Guidice: What is your reaction, Mike, to the story we’ve heard for many years that President Trump is racist with him doing so well now in 2020 with the Hispanic vote?
Gonzalez: So once again, there is no Hispanic vote. He did refrain from doing well in the Hispanic vote, he succeeded with Cubans. Cuban Americans in Florida. He did reasonably well with Puerto Rican citizens in Central Florida. He succeeded with Mexican American citizens. He did significantly much better with Mexican American citizens in the Rio Grande Valley.
The New york city Times really ran a great piece, a great essay, about a month earlier in which, … first off, they discovered that 75% of quote-unquote “Hispanics” do not believe of themselves as individuals of color, which tossed The New york city Times for a loop.
And individuals who composed this op-ed, just the most leftist 25% consider themselves as individuals of color. And they do not see themselves as victims or minorities.
And they really concurred with a great deal of the messages that President Trump was considering that to The New york city Times seemed like a racist pet dog whistle, quote-unquote “messaging.” These Hispanic citizens that [were] surveyed in this New york city Times op-ed concurred with that.
So it’s nearly like this a parallel world being lived where you have a great deal of very woke, really white elite individuals who believe they comprehend their nation, who believe they comprehend the compatriots, however do not truly comprehend.
Not simply that they do not comprehend traditional individuals, nonminority individuals, if you wish to put it that method, they do not comprehend minority individuals either. They reside in a Twitter world, which is relegated to the coasts. They do not comprehend their nation or their compatriots.
Del Guidice: Well, President Trump’s rhetoric and policies on migration have actually been roughly slammed by the media and D.C. experts. Do you believe that his share of the Mexican American vote reveals that there’s variety of believed on migration policies and others?
Gonzalez: Definitely. I imply, the quote-unquote “Mexican American” citizens of New Mexico have actually existed given that the 1600s. A great deal of them are not immigrants, they’re not the grandchildren of immigrants. …
Migration never ever turns up as a leading problem of Americans with their roots in Latin America. What do they appreciate? They appreciate tasks. They appreciate education. They appreciate healthcare. They appreciate the exact same things their compatriots appreciate.
Del Guidice: Why do you believe, as an entire, President Trump was so effective with Mexican Americans? And exist lessons for conservatives here?
Gonzalez: Simply be yourself. Do not purchase into this concept of Hispanic votes or Latino votes or we require to accommodate minorities. However no, deal with individuals like Americans. Deal with individuals like grownups.
… Simply deal with individuals, not like members of a victim group, of a predetermined group, however deal with individuals like American citizens and take notice of what they state back to you, and not have presumptions regarding what they think of or how they believe even if they’re members of a classification that was produced by the administration in the very first location. If political leaders start to do that, they’ll be rewarded.
Del Guidice: And lastly, Mike, you did strike on this a bit, however do you believe the media comprehends the Mexican American vote? Why or why not? And how would you alter media protection of this group?
Gonzalez: The media needs to do whatever various.
I imply, clearly, this election was a repudiation. It was a repudiation of the media. The media was repudiated here. They felt that it was their task to eliminate Donald Trump. They wished to have Donald Trump repudiated. That didn’t occur.
So to inform the media how to much better cover Mexican Americans in Texas, it’s a small part of all the important things that the media requires to do in a different way. However they’re not going to find out due to the fact that they believe they’re right.
They reside in Brooklyn or Manhattan, or they reside in Washington, and all they understand is individuals like themselves. Washington, D.C., voted 93% for Biden, 5% for Trump.
If you reside in Washington, D.C., well over 9% of individuals you fulfill are liberals similar to you. Which’s where a great deal of the media is based.
So the media is up until now eliminated from genuine America that I would not start with how to cover Mexican Americans. I would simply inform them, for Pete’s sake, stop utilizing the term Hispanic or Latino and, obviously, Latinx.
NPR … utilizes all of it the time. No one. No one in a bodega in New york city or a coffee drop in Miami has actually ever utilized the term Latinx. It’s just the very liberal individuals at NPR that utilize Latinx, and they’re not Hispanics.
Del Guidice: Well, Mike, thank you a lot for joining us on “The Daily Signal Podcast” and unloading the Mexican American vote with us. We value having you.
Gonzalez: Great. Thank you quite. It ‘d been my satisfaction. … Thank you.