More Latinos Give Democrats ‘Adios’

For decades some conservatives, including yours among them, have argued that Latin Americans, with their ethic of faith, family, and work, should be natural Republicans. In a southern Texas town on the Mexican border on Saturday, Javier Villalobos gave America a glimpse of what that future might look like when he became the first Republican-elected mayor of McAllen, the 85% Latino seat. of Hidalgo County.

“Villalobos’ election should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has followed how the Rio Grande Valley counties leaned heavily on Trump in the last election,” said Mike Gonzalez, senior researcher at the Heritage Foundation and author. from “The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics Divides the Land of the Free.

As Mr. Gonzalez notes, the omens were there for anyone who cared to watch. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won Hidalgo County by 41 points. But in 2020, Joe Biden won by just 17 points. Meanwhile, Zapata County – what the Washington Post calls “the bluest of the blue counties along the river” – turned around for Donald Trump in 2020, the first victory for a presidential candidate in the United States. GOP since Warren G. Harding a century ago.

These developments have prompted Democrats to sound the alarm bells. A May post-election analysis by a trio of left-wing organizations noted that while Latin American turnout in 2020 increased “dramatically” from 2016, Democrats saw a “significant drop in support in places to go. high concentration of Latino and Hispanic voters ”. The Republicans weren’t just sitting on the sidelines the whole time, either. Asked by Texas Monthly about what attracted Latinos to the Republican Party, Chuck Rocha, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign adviser, replied:

“At the Republican National Convention, the party had one Latino speaker after another telling their immigration story and how they were living the American dream. And if you just sit down and watch this or read the cover, you might be thinking, “Hey, these Republicans are fine. They love immigrants. They want to develop the entrepreneurial spirit. They want us all to be rich like Donald Trump. “

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