Hispanic and Latino voters have been fleeing the Democratic Party in increasing favor of the Republican Party, and many political analysts and pundits in the media are trying to learn the reasons for that development.
Brandon Morse of RedState believes he has it at least partially figured out, though, and he suggested that a big reason for the shift is a rejection of the racist assumptions the Democrats have displayed about minorities in general, particularly the Hispanic and Latino communities.
In essence, the almost singular Democratic focus on identity politics and the false assumption that racial groups hold monolithic views has had the “unintended side effect of pushing the Latin vote further into the Republican column.”
Democratic racism mistakenly lumps all Hispanic and Latinos together
In a recent video, Morse further expounded upon his theory of thinly-disguised Democratic racism being a big factor behind the increasing shift of Hispanic and Latino voters from the Democratic Party to the Republicans, as has been most clearly evidenced in south Texas in recent election cycles.
One example of such is the left’s embrace of the academic and activist-preferred term “LatinX” as a broad non-gendered descriptor for those of Hispanic or Latin origin.
Another is the mistaken belief that all Hispanics and Latinos hold monolithic views that cut across all of the many varied cultures and subgroups within the demographic, particularly with regard to the border and immigration and the mistaken assumption that, since all of them have brown skin, all of them must be in favor of open borders and unchecked illegal immigration or pathways to citizenship for those who entered the U.S. illegally.
Also mentioned by Morse was the fact that, on average, many of the cultures and subgroups that make up the broad categories of Hispanic and Latino tend to hold more of the socially conservative beliefs that are favored by Republicans but opposed by Democrats.
“LatinX” broadly rejected by actual Hispanic and Latino voters
The problem here is that, with respect to the “LatinX” term, it has been broadly rejected by Hispanics and Latinos, as revealed by a Dec. 2021 Politico poll which found that only 2 percent of Hispanics and Latinos preferred the non-gendered inclusive term while 68 percent preferred “Hispanic” and 21 percent preferred the gendered “Latino” or “Latina.”
Furthermore, 40 percent said they found “LatinX” to be offensive to them and 30 percent asserted that they would be less likely to vote for or support a politician or organization that used the term.
A Jan. 2022 survey of Hispanic and Latino voters from Gallup reached similar results and found that only about 4 to 7 percent actually used or approved of the “LatinX” term, compared to much greater numbers who preferred Hispanic or Latino as a racial descriptor.
Hispanic and Latino voters actually prefer enforced border and immigration laws
Then there is the Democratic miscalculation that all brown-skinned people must support open borders and illegal immigration. Yet, the Washington Examiner reported in Feb. 2022 that a poll of Texans found that only 37 percent of Hispanic and Latino voters favored President Joe Biden’s lax border and immigration policies while 49 percent of such voters disapproved of the president’s policies.
Likewise, The Center Square reported last month on a poll that revealed that around 65 percent of Hispanic and Latino voters actually wanted the border closed and immigration laws strictly enforced — an even higher percentage that the nearly 56 percent of all Americans who felt the same way.