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Are Irreligious Dems Scaring Off Hispanic Voters?
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Donald Trump fared better with Hispanic voters in 2020 than he did in 2016. This prompted Barack Obama to muse shortly after the election, “There’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.”

Obama’s sour remark foreshadowed what has now become a topic of growing anxiety among Democrats: the fading presence of Hispanic voters in their party. It appears that the party’s wokeness, identity politics, and secularism are alienating many of them.

“As my news-side colleague Jennifer Medina noted in an article last year, ‘Hispanic evangelicals are one of the fastest growing religious groups in the country,’” writes Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times. “Churches remain important sites for political socialization, and evangelicalism is, at this juncture, a conservative force in American culture and politics. It makes sense, then, that Hispanic evangelicals are also much more likely than their Catholic counterparts to vote Republican.”

He notes that Hispanic Protestants supported Trump on a wide range of issues. He cites the findings of the Public Religion Research Institute:

A majority of Hispanic Protestants approve of Trump’s job in office (57%) and his performance with the economy (58%). Hispanic Catholics and those who are religiously unaffiliated are considerably less likely to approve of the president’s job in office (27% and 16%, respectively) or his performance with the economy (42% and 28%, respectively)[2]. Hispanic Protestants are also more likely to approve of how Trump has dealt with racial justice protests than Hispanic Catholics or those who are religiously unaffiliated (45% vs. 30% and 11%, respectively).

Natalie Jackson, director of research at the Public Religion Research Institute, told the Los Angeles Times that “Hispanic Protestants look more like white Protestants than Hispanic Catholics.” She says, “It’s the largest gap we see in our data among Hispanics.”

According to the Wall Street Journal’s recent polling, the “nation’s large and diverse group of Hispanic voters is showing signs of dividing its support between Democrats and Republicans more evenly than in recent elections.” Last year Hispanics gave 60 percent of their vote to Democratic House candidates, but this year, the paper says, “Hispanic voters are evenly split in their choice for Congress.”

This is no doubt due to Biden’s aggressive left-wing agenda. His first year has been defined by tedious wokeness, from pushing transgenderism to flying Black Lives Matter flags atop U.S. embassies to hysterical COVID mandates. Democratic strategists find it particularly alarming that Hispanic voters appear more concerned about the economy than immigration. In Texas and Florida, Hispanic voters see Republicans as far more reliable guardians of the economy and border than Democrats.

The Democrats are paying a price for their complacent assumption that Hispanics would cheer Biden’s goal of transforming America according to critical race theory. That is not happening. “Clearly, this constituency does not harbor particularly radical views on the nature of American society and its supposed intrinsic racism and white supremacy,” writes Democratic strategist Ruy Teixeria. “They are instead a patriotic, upwardly mobile, working class group with quite practical and down to earth concerns. Democrats will either learn to focus on that or they will continue to lose ground among this vital group of voters.”

The Democrats’ blurring of the sexes and use of absurd terms such as Latinx do not impress Hispanics. Recall the unsuccessful trip of Kamala Harris to Central America. Should she end up running in 2024, the Democrats could lose the Hispanic vote to the GOP.

The more Kamala Harris and company push radical feminism and racial politics, the more they war on traditional religion and morality, the more they undermine the economy for the sake of frivolous causes, the weaker the Democrats’ hold on Hispanic voters becomes. Biden and Harris are trying to turn America into the very socialist and secularist dystopia that many Hispanics have fled.

Implicit in Obama’s explanation for Trump’s improved numbers with Hispanic voters is that many of them support him on social issues but would never support him on non-social issues. But is that true? Maybe not. They may end up voting for the GOP in 2022 and 2024 not in spite of its economic and immigration policies but because of them. Forced to choose between Biden’s woke America and traditional America, it looks like Hispanic voters increasingly prefer the latter.

George Neumayr
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George Neumayr, a senior editor at The American Spectator, is author most recently of The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist, or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist?
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