What’s up with Latinos voting for a guy like Trump who says racist things about them?

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The best part here is when he marvels at Latinos’ willingness to support a president who would put illegal immigrants in cages.

Does this guy not remember who built those cages? And who put kids in them?

He remembers. He’s just hoping you don’t.

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This clip strikes me as a modern twist on two arguments from yesteryear, one made famous by Obama himself. Listen for 30 seconds, then read on.

That reminds me of the old Republican line that Latinos are natural conservatives because of their religious devotion, they just don’t know it yet. They finally figured it out in 2020, Obama seems to think. But it also reminds me of his “bitter clinger” point from the 2008 campaign. In that case he was speculating on why working-class voters in deindustrialized parts of the midwest vote the way they do. They get bitter about their economic hardships, he reasoned, and so they cling to guns or religion or xenophobia towards immigrants. What he said about Latino voters this morning echoes that: Once again, according to O, we have a group being steered by religion towards voting for the wrong candidates. For a Christian, he sure does seem to think Christianity is a bad influence on politics!

What’s different from the “bitter clinger” remarks this time, though, is the absence of a deeper economic motive. In 2008, he thought underemployed people who let religion guide their politics were channeling their frustration over their financial circumstances. In today’s updated version, he seems to think Latinos come by their religion honestly — but that it’s led them to vote for a pernicious character like Trump just because he tells them what they want to hear on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. Which is ironic, because the conventional wisdom since Election Day on why Trump made such impressive gains with Latinos across the map is that his working-class appeal helped win some voters over. That is, their financial circumstances informed their vote. So why is that motive absent in this version of the “bitter clinger” story?

A New York Times reporter was taken aback:

Also, what makes O think that abortion and gay marriage would suddenly be hugely salient issues for Latino voters in 2020 when there’s little evidence that they drove votes in the last few elections? He himself crushed Romney among Latinos in 2012 despite being pro-choice and (by then) pro-SSM:

Trump has never been outspoken against gay marriage, and in fact is certainly the most gay-friendly nominee in the history of the GOP. Latinos aren’t strongly opposed to gay marriage, either. Last year a Pew poll found 58 percent support among the group for the practice, just a few points below whites. As for abortion, while it’s true that Hispanics are more likely to be pro-life than other groups, they’re not overwhelmingly pointed in that direction. In 2019 PRRI found them split 45/48 overall, with 59 percent of Latinos born in the U.S. in favor of legal abortion.

If Obama wants to chalk up Latino voting patterns this year to social conservatism he needs to explain what changed. What changed to make Hispanic voters suddenly so attuned to abortion and gay marriage as to produce shifts like this in places as disparate as New Jersey, California, Florida, and Texas?

Lefty polling expert David Shor had an interesting theory of why Trump overperformed among Latinos. It’s not a religious thing, it’s a class and culture thing. I wonder why this explanation might sit uneasily with a highly educated progressive-minded figure like Obama:

There is a broader trend, though, that as college-educated white people become a larger share of the Democratic coalition and a larger share of the Democratic voice, they do pull the party on cultural issues. Non-college educated white people have more culturally in common with working-class Black and working-class Hispanic voters. So, it should be unsurprising that as the cultural power of college-educated white people increases in the Democratic Party, non-white voters will move against us.

Toss in progressives’ ruinous infatuation with socialism and their sloganeering about defunding the police and you have a much more plausible hypothesis to account for Latinos shifting towards Republicans. Despite Democrats’ best efforts to organize Hispanic voters along identity-politics lines in hopes that racial consciousness would bind them monolithically to liberals in opposition to “the white party,” more Latinos are voting their wallets and taking a hard look at which party is more in sync with their cultural beliefs, not just their religious beliefs. Obama is bitterly clinging to religion as a theory instead because that lie is easier for Democratic leaders to digest than the truth.



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13 Comments

  1. When he made that statement I came out of my chair! Obama was the person who placed all those Latinos into cages, not Trump! Trump has done what legal Latino immigrants have asked for and supported all along, keep the illegals out and hurry up the status of getting legal Latinos their Green cards and Citizenship. He also helped increase their wages and better treatment. Remember the phrase, “a hand up, not a hand out”. It applies to most good people.

  2. ole Alinskite still spewing lies, trying to ridicule, obfuscate, needs to shut up, tend to his library. Obama did more to divide the country than anyone in my lifetime, and I’m 63. still think he’s a gay, muslim , kenyan

  3. What’s up with a black has-been President, making negative comments about a harder working class of people than he himself was, and was ever able to be. To bad that Latino Americans don’t jump to your tune Mr. Obama. They don’t need to, they think for themselves. They don’t need your BS.

  4. Obama is one lousy piece of a man. Latinos are hard working people and you do not have the right to even talk about us. Some of us voted for you, but never again and I hope that you end up as a poor piece of an individual that you are.

  5. Obama and his lamented follow maybe the Biden Crime Family believe that PEOPLE in general are to stupid to be able to control their vote. They believe generally that WE are all sheep to be fleeced. I believe people have been denied the basics — Civics, Math, Writing and TRUE Knowledge. Perhaps if teachers were forced to actually teach the true history and civics we would become a smarter and more intelligent people. TEY DON”T WANT THAT!!

  6. The most disgusting parasite to ever inter Our’ Whitehouse. Is there any doubt the dominion voting machines put him there. Not in my mind!

    The entire Democrat party and RINO’s is beyond more than just Corrupt. This going to end up in the streets just because of them, they and China infected the world as far as I’m concerned it was deliberate.

  7. Here’s the important thing: Obama has forgotten everything wrong he did to Latinos, but the Latinos have NOT forgotten! On the other hand, why is the man still out here as if he is still the president? He needs to get back to his mansion in Martha’s Vineyard and bury his head in the sand. I can only assume that his intentions are to take control of Biden (if Biden ends up being designated the president) and take over running our country from behind the scenes. Obama and all the democrats need to be destroyed and it needs to be done quickly! Evil people like Obama will become powerless if the good and decent people are unafraid to act.

  8. When it comes to intelligence this boy is in the woodshed.

    Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward rebellion against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent toward, or rebellion against, established authority.

    Treason is considered more serious than sedition. It is a concept that overlaps with sedition. It refers to acts of brazen defiance against one’s own government in a bid to bring harm or to overthrow the government in place.

  9. We, American’s Obama, love our legal Latinos it’s foreign communist much like yourself that we don’t like. We also don’t like your Communist party members.

    DSA members in congress – 70
    Eleven DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee.
    John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,
    Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].
    DSA members of 111th Congress.

    Co-Chairs
    Dis-Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
    Dis-Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
    Vice Chairs
    Dis-Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
    Dis-Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
    Dis-Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
    Dis-Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
    Senate Members
    Not so Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
    House Members,Hon. Neil Dis-Hon Abercrombie (HI-01)
    Dis-Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
    Dis-Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
    Dis-Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
    Dis-Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01),
    Dis-Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
    Dis-Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
    Dis-Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
    Dis-Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL),
    Dis-Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
    Dis-Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01),
    Dis-Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
    Dis-Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09),
    Dis-Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
    Dis-Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
    Dis-Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
    Dis-Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) recently deposed
    Dis-Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
    Dis-Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
    Dis-Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
    Dis-Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
    Dis-Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
    Dis-Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
    Dis-Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
    Dis-Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
    Dis-Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
    Dis-Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
    Dis-Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
    Dis-Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
    Dis-Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
    Dis-Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
    Dis-Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
    Dis-Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
    Dis-Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
    Dis-Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
    Dis-Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
    Dis-Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
    Dis-Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
    Dis-Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
    Dis-Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
    Dis-Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
    Dis-Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
    Dis-Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
    Dis-Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
    Dis-Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
    Dis-Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
    Dis-Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
    Dis-Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
    Dis-Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
    Dis-Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
    Dis-Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
    Dis-Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
    Dis-Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
    Dis-Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
    Dis-Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
    Dis-Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
    Dis-Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
    Dis-Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
    Dis-Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
    Dis-Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
    Dis-Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
    Dis-Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
    Dis-Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
    Dis-Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
    Dis-Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
    Dis-Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
    Dis-Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
    Dis-Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
    Dis-Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

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