Trump ignored all of this. He didn’t even have a Spanish language section on his website. As Trump declared during the GOP primaries, standing next to Jeb Bush: “This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.”[RCP, September 16, 2015]
And not only did Trump win, he apparently got a few more percentage points of the Hispanic vote than Mitt Romney: 29% vs 27% according to CNN.
This is disputed by Gary Segura and Matt Barreto, who run the Latino Decisions website—and who, coincidentally, worked for Hillary. They claim Hillary Clinton garnered 79% of the Latino vote, which would be better than Obama did four years ago. [Lies, Damn Lies, and Exit Polls, Latino Decisions, November 10, 2016] They also assert that Trump only got 18% of the Latino vote: In record numbers, Latinos voted overwhelmingly against Trump. We did the research, by Gabriel Sanchez and Matt Barreto, Washington Post, November 11, 2016]. But others on the Left disagree: Harry Enten disputes Latino Decision’s figures—Trump Probably Did Better With Latino Voters Than Romney Did FiveThirtyEight, November 18, 2016.
But the bottom line: there was not some overwhelming African American-style Latino vote that prevented Trump’s victory.
What about Trump’s own Hispanic advisers? They fared little better.
The “National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump” was a joint creation of the campaign and the political geniuses at the Republican National Committee. It was “a diverse group of national Hispanic leaders who are advising the campaign and sharing Mr. Trump’s proposals with the Hispanic community” .[RNC And Trump Campaign Meet With National Hispanic Advisory Council For Trump, GOP, August 20, 2016]
Trump, interestingly, assigned them the task of finding “humane, efficient” ways of dealing with illegal immigration [Trump to Hispanic Advisors: Find ‘Humane, Efficient’ Ways to Address Illegal Immigration, by Todd Beamon, Newsmax, August 20, 2016]. But why would Hispanic advisers necessarily be experts on that question?
It didn’t really matter. Within two weeks, after Trump’s speech on immigration policy in Phoenix, members of this group were publicly bailing out and condemning Trump.
Needless to say, the result was an MSM frenzy, with members of the group lovingly quoted.
Grace Flores Hughes [Email her] a former Bush I official (and the woman who invented the term “Hispanic”) stated: “As long as he continues with this sort of rhetoric, no, none of us are going to support him. He’s too right-wing. The majority of people who are here illegally are here to seek a better life. The majority of them are good, hardworking, honest people. I think we need to concentrate on that and talk about that”. [Donald Trump’s ‘Hispanic Advisory Council’ is falling apart after his brutal immigration speech by Casey Tolan, Fusion, September 1, 2016]
Massey Villarreal, [Email him] former president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and national Republican Hispanic Assembly, called the Trump speech “awful” and said: “As a compassionate conservative, I am disappointed with the immigration speech. I am no longer supporting Trump for president…” .[Austin American-Statesman]
And Rick Figueroa, [Email him] an investment executive also quoted in the Statesman piece, complained Trump had ignored “wise counsel” and stated: “I am very disappointed in Mr. Trump’s immigration mistake. It was a leadership mistake. It was a political mistake. It was a moral mistake.”
What no one explained, and apparently were not asked: why these Hispanic “conservative” advisers went along with Trump until this speech, only to showily betray him afterward. Do they not want Americans to have a sane immigration policy? Or do they simply identify more with the Latino movement than the historic American nation?
Either way, they didn’t do much for Trump except bring bad press.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Latinos were supposed to save the election for Clinton/Kaine. And the ticket flagrantly appealed to them on the basis of ethnic solidarity. On November 3rd, just days before the election, Tim Kaine gave a “historic” speech in Phoenix—‘historic” because it was entirely in Spanish. The New York Times crowed Well, Señor Kaine, Hablaste Español Muy Bien (“Well, Mr. Kaine, You Spoke Spanish Very Well”) [by Fernanda Santos, New York Times, November 3, 2016].
Still, the audience was only 150 people. The New York Times said it was:
“...a mix of elected officials, community activists, immigration advocates, union leaders and teachers wearing T-shirts that read “Educators for Hillary” and “Families Fighting Back.”Hardly a mass movement. All the speakers at the rally spoke in Spanish, including a candidate for the state legislature, and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. (Pictured right.)
The Times didn’t report, but Breitbart did: in his speech
Sen. Tim Kaine cheered the demographic transformation of the United States caused by the nation’s federal immigration policies, telling his Latino audience on Thursday, “You are the future of America.” “By 2050, communities of color will represent the majority of our population,” Kaine said.So in a foreign tongue, an American senator essentially mocked the American people being driven into minority status by its own government.
“So, of course, Latinos will help shape the future of America because you are the future of America.”
[Tim Kaine Cheers End of White Majority in Spanish Address, By Julia Hahn, Breitbart, November 5, 2016]
Significantly, this treasonous pandering seems to have backfired:
On Monday, Clinton and Trump were in a virtual tie when the Clinton campaign announced that Democratic Presidential nominee Tim Kaine would be giving the first ever presidential campaign speech in Spanish. Clinton actually held a 0.6 percentage point lead, according to an average of state polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. But by Friday, a day after Kaine’s speech in Phoenix, Trump had overtaken her and extended his lead to a more established 4 percentage points.And, on November 8th, Trump carried Arizona with its 11 electoral votes, by a margin of 3 and a half points.
Tim Kaine’s Spanish rally in Phoenix didn’t help Clinton’s numbers in Arizona, [by Franco Ordoñez, Sun Herald, November 4, 2016.]
Note that Trump’s relative success with Latinos came despite a massive propaganda campaign labeling Trump and his supporters as enemies of all Hispanics.
So why did these Hispanics vote for Trump? Is it because they think he can improve the economy? Do they admire Trump’s leadership qualities? Do they explicitly vote based on conservative principles? Do they identify with the historic American nation? Or all of the above and more?
It doesn’t matter. It’s because Hispanic-Americans who think of themselves as Americans first will respond if they are approached as Americans.
But that means cutting out the “GOP Hispanic political consultants” who have long claimed that recycled progressivism and Open Borders will somehow win over La Raza supporters back from the Democrats, and that appealing to American patriotism would somehow alienate Hispanics even further.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.