American Latinos who identify as conservative are pushing back hard on a claim made by an MSNBC contributor that their voters are facing a “crisis” because millions have walked away from the Democratic Party and chose to vote for former President Donald Trump last year.
“What we’re seeing right now is a cultural identity crisis that we are undergoing as a community that is completely splitting and dividing Latinos,” Paola Ramos, the MSNBC contributor, said earlier this week.
But in a discussion with Fox News contributor Mercedes Schlapp, conservative Hispanic leaders were asked to respond during a panel discussion called, “Common Values, Common Interests & Common Culture: How Conservative Latinos Will Influence the Future of American Politics,” during the weekend Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas.
Schlapp asked the panel if Ramos’ assessment — Latinos are in “crisis” — was true.
“No, absolutely not,” noted Betty Cardenas, chair of the Republican National Hispanic Caucus. “We are waking up. I think the Latinos are finally waking up.”
Latinos for America officials Bianca Gracia and Maria Salinas also refused Ramos’ assertion in an interview with Fox News.
Maria Salinas Miller and Bianca Gracia of Latinos for America First were also quick to refute the MSNBC contributor’s assertions.
“Yes, it’s a crisis for the Democrats,” Miller said. “Because we’re coming for those votes.”
“There’s the misconception or the myth that just because we’re minorities that we’re supposed to vote Democrat, and we’re trying to tell them that’s not what we align ourselves with…We base our vote based off of our value system,” she added. “Those tend to be most aligned with Republican candidates.”
Hispanic conservatives regularly cited a basket of political and cultural issues on which they disagree with Democrats including education, abortion, and creeping socialism. To that end, Cardenas appealed to Hispanic parents to begin making political moves in their own communities, especially school boards as Latino parents become increasingly concerned about what their children are learning in public schools.
“The education our kids are getting are not our values,” Cardenas said. “The same education…is not what our children are getting now.
“Social studies has completely been discontinued. And now they put some programs that are completely against our values and it’s teaching our kids more on sexuality,” she added.
To make a difference, Hispanics must “go and vote” to take back communities from socialistic, left-wing actors and politicians, Cardenas added.
Gracia said rising socialism in America was a major reason why Latinos are leaving the Democratic Party. She said hard-pressed socialist, Communist countries like Venezuela and Cuba, the latter of which is seeing rare public demonstrations against the regime this week, are lessons for the U.S. to ensure the preservation of constitutional liberties.
Indeed, then-President Donald Trump took his anti-socialism message directly to Hispanic communities, as well as his message of border security, which helped him score big turnaround wins in once-solidly Democratic border counties in Texas.
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“The Democrat Party is pushing a message of socialism and communism which do not resonate with our communities at all,” Gracia explained. “They have fled communism and socialism…and they don’t want it here in this country.”
“The Democrat Party has left us,” she concluded.
Rachel Campos-Duffy, a co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” also pushed back against Ramos, noting that Hispanics are increasingly shunning the “racism” card constantly played by the left.
“The Hispanic voter is getting more sophisticated and more nuanced,” Campos-Duffy said. “And they’re not responding to the, ‘they’re all racist,’ thing that the Democrats are trying to say.”
“Hispanic voters are looking and saying which party is going to protect my wages, protect my neighborhood, protect my family and my Christian values, my pro-life values,” she noted further.
Trump won 38 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2020, 10 percent more than he did in 2016.
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