MSNBC contributor complains of ‘crisis’ as Latinos walk away from Democrats
MSNBC contributor Paola Ramos has been castigated after suggesting that the trend of Latino voters to distance themselves from the Democratic Party is a “crisis”.
Research into the 2020 presidential election found Hispanic voters began to look to former President Donald Trump, despite his eventual loss to President Joe Biden. Trump won 38% of Hispanic voters in 2020, a 10-point increase from 2016, according to new analysis from the Pew Research Center.
“How? ‘Or’ What?” Ramos, who served as deputy director of the Hispanic press for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, asked on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Monday.
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âWhat we are seeing right now is a cultural identity crisis that we are going through as a community that completely divides and divides Latinos,â Ramos said.
“In this crisis you have Latinos on one side who believe that in order to achieve the American dream you have to get as close to whiteness as possible, and that’s something Trump has given them permission to do,” Ramos added. “On the other hand, you have Latinos who think that in order to achieve the American Dream you have to get as far away from whiteness as possible. And that’s a dilemma that I don’t think we’ve seen clearly.”
“Politics alone don’t explain it. I think Trump has exploited a cultural identity crisis that we’re going through – and we have to be careful,” Ramos added on Twitter, citing the Pew Research Center.
Media critics, some of whom are Latinos themselves, have lashed out at Ramos’ claims and told him that Latinos are not a monolith and should not be expected to vote blindly Democrats.
“It’s not so much an identity crisis as the rejection of an artificial identity that is based on politics,” tweeted Jorge Bonilla, director of MRC Latino, a conservative Spanish-speaking watchdog launched by Media Research. Center.
“Exactly. Latinos are not just our ideology,” agreed Daniel Garza of The LIBRE Initiative. “We are the sons and daughters of our parents, we are our common culture, our language, our historical heritage, our faith, our diverse American experience, our education, our race and ethnicity, our immigrant experience, y mucho mas. Respect our differences. “
âMaybe I’m just tired of college professors and awakened progressives (especially non-Latinos) projecting their point of view of who I am – or what I am not – onto all of us. . without apologies, “he added.
Other critics were “impressed” by the MSNBC story.
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Some analysts argue that Trump made inroads with Latino voters in the 2020 presidential election in part because his message was an alternative to the democratic socialist policies of some progressive lawmakers.
MSNBC political analyst Jaunita Tolliver admitted this during Monday’s segment, noting that Trump and Republicans have been able to exploit issues important to Latinos like the fight against socialism. Many Latinos said last November that they voted for Trump because the leftist regimes they escaped too closely mirrored the Democratic agenda, like the rhetoric of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.
Trump’s agenda seemed to be working well in Florida Miami-Dade County, where his 2016 wins led to a decisive victory in the key state of the battlefield.
“Define the police, open the borders, socialism – it’s killing us,” Representative Vincente Gonzalez, D-Texas, said on a post-election conference call. “I had to fight to explain it all.”
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Tolliver added that the Democrats’ “general message” doesn’t always produce results and that Latinos are not a “monolith.” But she agreed with her fellow panelists that state voting laws, many of which are led by Republicans, make it difficult for Latinos to vote, calling them “voter suppression bills.”