Barack Obama could have just done lasting damage to the Dems political fortunes by trashing Hispanic Trump supporters rather than looking at the root cause of discontent in America.
“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.”
“You’ve seen created, in Republican politics, this sense that white males are victims. Which obviously doesn’t gibe with both history and data and economics,” he added.
“How you unwind that is gonna be not something that is done right away.”
Can you hear the panic in his voice? While the Hispanic voting block is diverse a few things are consistent and they are all good for the GOP.
Hispanics have strong conservative family ties, strong religious views, and they tend to own small businesses at rates much higher than any other minority group.
These traits will naturally lead them to the GOP, as Obama well knows, and after seeing Trump increase his vote share among this group the Dems should be very afraid.
While discussing his recently released memoir, “A Promised Land,” with “The Breakfast Club” — Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and, Angela Yee — 44 responded to critics who say he didn’t do enough for Black people while he was president.
“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope,” Barack began. “And I also think we generally view the presidency almost like a monarchy in the sense of, [people think] once the president is there, he can do whatever needs to get done, and if he’s not doing it, it must be because he didn’t want to do it.”
Envy then interjected, saying, “We see it with [Donald] Trump because he does whatever he wants to do,” to which Barack responded, “Right, because he breaks laws or disregards the constitution.”
“I think that anybody that goes into public life, they need to understand, you’re going to get criticized — ’cause that’s just the nature of it,” he continued. “If you don’t want that, then you shouldn’t be in that business. The good news for me was that I was very confident about what I’ve done for Black folks because I have the statistics to prove it.”
Barack went on to share a few of the successes of his administration, saying, “By the time I left office, you had seen three million African Americans that have healthcare that didn’t have it before. You had seen the incarceration rate — the number of Black folks in prison — drop for the first time in years. You had seen the juvenile correction system, 30% fewer people in there. You had seen Black poverty to its lowest level since 1968. You had seen Black businesses rise. You had seen Black income go up.”
He added, “So I could just look at the data and say millions of Black folks were better off at the time I left office than when I came in.”
Barack also spoke specifically about Obamacare, admitting that he could understand how Black Americans could feel like there wasn’t a change if they are among the 10 million Americans who were left uninsured due to Republicans “blocking him from doing everything he wanted to do” with Obamacare. “So if you’re Black and you’re one of those 10 million who didn’t get healthcare […] I can understand why they would be upset. How come things didn’t change,” he said.
This is just a way of saying that people who voted for Trump believe The Very Bad Things and so it's ok to not reexamine one's political agenda. https://t.co/3eqJHFcmwu
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) November 25, 2020
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
— The Recount (@therecount) November 25, 2020