While Hispanic Americans have long been considered a key Democratic voting block, recent polls suggest that they are moving towards the GOP. A major development occurred this week which may accelerate that trend.
The Miami Independent reported that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home has reminded some Latinos of their experiences in authoritarian countries.
Some see the raid as a sign that “the of law has eroded”
One of them is Ed Vidal, an attorney and political activist who serves the Republican Executive Committee of Miami-Dade County.
The Cuban-born Vidal voiced his fear that “the rule of law has eroded here and the USA is turning into Cuba and the rest of Latin America!”
Meanwhile, Colombian immigrant Camilo Riano denounced Monday’s raid by federal agents on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home as “a terrifying action.”
“As a first generation American from Latin America, I have felt safe from government abuse in this country because the Bill of Rights protects me from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,'” Riano stated.
Riano then referenced a letter sent out by the Department of Justice last year which attempted to link parents protesting over critical race theory and COVID restrictions with domestic terrorism.
“If the FBI can call me a domestic terrorist if I speak at my town’s Board of Education meetings, and can raid the home of a former president of the United States for political reasons, I am not in a democracy anymore. I am living in a totalitarian, tyrannical system,” he complained.
Trump gained support among Latinos voters
The Independent noted that pro-Trump demonstrators gathered outside of Mar-a-Lago as the raid unfolded, with at least one Cuban flag being visible. That fact appeared to puzzle at least one left-leaning Twitter user.
Why is there a Cuban flag outside where Trumps tiny little army of supporters are at outside Mar-o-lago? pic.twitter.com/HyxLF09aQ9
— Ray 🇺🇦 (@NYC_IS_BACK) August 9, 2022
The Tallahassee Democrat pointed out earlier this year that exit polls showed Trump winning 46% of Florida’s Hispanic vote in 2020, up from 35% in 2016.
The paper also noted that focus groups assembled by Emerson College found that many Latino participants expressed a positive view of the former president’s economic record.