By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2 minute read)
The big news this morning is that U.S. Latinos have been worrying over nothing. Because Donald Trump says so.
He said it in an interview with David Brody on CBN, and it was reported by Suzanne Gamboa on NBC News:
“Trump was asked in an interview with David Brody that aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network what message he had for Latinos that have some ‘trepidation, that think they are under attack by this administration.’
“’Well, I think I’ve really solved that,’ Trump said, ‘because you know the election was not that long ago and we had a great victory.’”
So, no, yes and no.[pullquote]. . .there’s a condescending attitude that Latinos need “solving” to begin with.[/pullquote]
No he hasn’t “solved that”; yes the election was, in fact, “not that long ago”; and no he didn’t have a “great victory.”
Those are the facts, recorded and verifiable.
Trump assures us that he “solved” us because he got 84 percent of the Cuban vote.
Exit polls tell us differently. Let’s take a look:
54 – The percentage of the Cuban vote that Trump received in Florida.
48 – The percentage of the Cuban vote that Trump received across the country.
3.5 – The percentage of Cubans of the total U.S. Latino population.
27.3 million – The number of Latinos eligible to vote.
1.2 million – The number of Cuban-Americans eligible to vote.
28 – On a good day, downhill, with the wind on his back, the percentage of Latinos who voted for Trump according to Edison Research.
18 – The percentage of Latinos who voted for Trump according to a Latino Decisions poll.
But beyond the idea that Trump has “solved that,” there’s a condescending attitude that Latinos need “solving” to begin with.
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I don’t expect the non-Latino press to pick-up on this. But if you’re a regular NewsTaco reader you more than likely know what I mean. Let’s unpack this alternative reality.
According to Trump:
- Latinos are a problem to be “solved”
- He is the self-proclaimed solver, because
- Latinos can’t solve the Trump problem themselves, because
- We need Trump to do it for us.
- And he floats a made-up number of Cuban-American votes to back his claim
I’d be willing to bet that if he had a Latino in his decision-making circle he may not have made that remark. There’s no guarantee, but the odds would be better.
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