The Democrats have a lot to worry about these days: they now have 18 candidates duking it out for the Presidential nomination, not one of whom would a sane person trust to run a coffee shop (except the one whose experience actually involves running coffee shops.) The most prominent media face of their Party is an ex-bartender who’s quickly developing a reputation as the socialist Gracie Allen (a reference I guarantee she’ll have to look up on Wikipedia.) And the “Russian collusion” narrative they staked their hopes on collapsed, leaving them desperately rooting through Trump’s tax records, garbage bags and septic tank, looking for anything at all to justify the impeachment attempt they announced the minute they realized they’d lost.
With all that to worry their fevered minds, this news might just finish them off: Trump’s approval rating among Hispanic voters has risen to 50 percent. If Democrats can’t count on two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, they can likely kiss Florida and Arizona goodbye in 2020, and maybe a few other states such as Colorado, as well.
The new survey by McLaughlin & Associates found that Trump not only has a 50 percent approval rating among Hispanics, but that was three points higher than among voters in general. Some Democrats have tried to dismiss it as a Republican-friendly polling company, but in February, a Morning Consult/Politico poll put Trump’s Hispanic approval at 45 percent, and in January, a Marist/NPR/PBS survey (hardly friendly to Republicans!) also had it at 50 percent.
Talk about shattering the narrative with a sledge hammer! Liberals must be stunned: how can so many Hispanics approve of Trump when he called all Mexican immigrants violent criminals and rapists? (Actually, he never said that: he was talking about MS-13 gang members who are here illegally, but they’re still trying to keep the liberal narrative duct-taped together.)
Paul Mirengoff at the Powerline blog has some good comments explaining Trump’s rising Hispanic approval numbers, particularly from Steve Cortes, who led Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2016.
Cortes cites three factors, one of which might shock the left. The obvious are the economy (Trump has presided over record-low Hispanic unemployment and rising wages) and social issues (many Hispanics are devout Catholics, traditional family-oriented and pro-life.) The one that might shock Democrats is the large number of Hispanic Americans who approve of Trump’s tough stand on illegal immigration and border security.
This really shouldn’t come as a shock. I’ve been reporting for years that many Hispanic Americas have told me they find it offensive that liberals think they approve of illegal immigration just because they’re Hispanic. These legal immigrants are some of our most patriotic US citizens. They tell me of how they waited in line, followed the rules, respected America’s laws, studied the books, paid the fees, passed the tests and proudly took the oath of citizenship. They greatly resent that people think they can sneak across the border and demand the same rights they worked so hard for.
Cortes also points out that Hispanic Americans are some of the worst victims of the negative impacts of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants blend into largely Hispanic neighborhoods, especially along the border, and compete with Hispanic citizens for jobs at unfair lower wages. The gangs target their kids with drugs and threaten their families. Their violent, lawless behavior makes their neighborhoods unsafe and gives their communities a bad reputation. So why wouldn’t they support Trump’s efforts to protect them from all that?
Hispanic Americans think of themselves as independent, diverse, hard-working, law-abiding Americans, because that’s what they are. The left sees nothing but their ethnicity and are shocked that they might not vote based solely on that. Sorry to break this to them, but that sounds awfully racist to me.