You are the news now

THE NEWS COMMENTER

VOTE  (0)  (0)

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

Added 11-25-20 02:50:03pm EST - “"hey think that's less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion."” - Hotair.com

CLICK TO SHARE

Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Obama: What's up with Latinos voting for a guy like Trump who says racist things about them?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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

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.

Obama on @breakfastclubam: “… 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.” pic.twitter.com/8OpocwYrLV

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?

Read more...









If you don't see any comments yet, congrats! You get first comment. Be nice and have fun.

CLICK TO SHARE

COMMENTS VIA TWITTER






BACK TO THE HOME-PAGE