It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Democrats obviously believed that throwing open the southern border to illegal immigrants and adopting economic policies that resemble Cuba, Venezuela, or North Korea would win over Hispanic voters — especially since they were supposed to be aligned with other minorities allegedly oppressed by evil whites.
Yet Republicans are winning over moderate and conservative Latinos, as shown by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
As The Free Press reported on Saturday, DeSantis’ pro-capitalism policies earned him the endorsement of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Atop that, NBC News recently reported that the incumbent governor is poised to become the first GOP governor to carry heavily Hispanic Miami-Dade County since Jeb Bush in 2002.
DeSantis’ success with Latinos may say as much about how radical Democrats have become as it does about the appeal of his ideas, not only on economics but also on education, gender ideology, parents’ rights, and families.
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NBC News pointed out that just six years ago, Hillary Clinton carried Miami by almost 30 points. In 2020, after four years of the alleged racist Donald Trump, Joe Biden won Miami by only 7 points. Now, DeSantis seems destined to win over a community that is 70 percent Hispanic, even though Democratic candidate Charlie Crist picked a running mate who is Hispanic and is the boss of the teachers’ union in Miami, one of the largest in America.
Democratic pollsters told NBC News they have found in Miami that 29 percent of unaffiliated voters and a whopping 25 percent of Democrats will vote for DeSantis.
Liberals lamented to NBC News that everyday Hispanics responded to DeSantis’ messaging on illegal immigration and parental choice in schools.
Asked why that is, Republican political strategist Giancarlo Sopo told NBC News, “The key takeaway that I hear from Hispanics over and over again, is some variation of ‘he has cojones.’”