Ever since President Donald Trump announced his candidacy, his critics have tried to smear him as racist.
That tactic failed miserably in Florida, however: vote tallies there suggest that Trump massively improved his standing among Latino voters, a fact that Fox News personality Tucker Carlson was happy to highlight on Tuesday night.
“Elections tell you what the parties actually look like, not what you imagine they look like…so the coalitions become really clear,” Carlson said during Fox’s election coverage, according to a report from the network.
“And in Florida, the population center, of course, Miami-Dade County, the biggest county in the state, Hillary Clinton 334,000 votes there,” Carlson remarked. “An hour ago, with 84% reporting, Donald Trump had already outstripped that by more than 100,000 votes.”
What did the media miss?
By Wednesday morning, Fox News reported that over half a million Miami-Dade residents cast a ballot for the president, only 85,000 less than had voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Miami-Dade is 70% Hispanic. That’s not what you would have expected if you’ve been watching for the past six months this attempt to racialize everything to make Trump the greatest racist in the world’s history,” Carlson said Tuesday, according to Fox. “It does tell you something about where we’re going and I think if you’re a Republican or a Trump voter, it tells you something more hopeful than you expected.”
He went on: “Why is the demonstrated reality so different from what purportedly smart people said it was going to be? How do we screw it up? We, in effect, lied to people. How did that happen?”
“Very diverse community”
The conservative commentator also touched on how Hispanic voters are not the single-minded monolith that many in the media like to portray.
“It is a very diverse community,” Carlson pointed out, according to Fox. “Not everyone we call Hispanic is from the same culture, has the same views, obviously. We should always be clear about that.”
He then called out the strategy taken by many in the Democratic Party and mainstream media to try and focus the election around race.
“I just think it’s interesting that the emphasis from the leaders of the Democratic Party for month, has been on race and race,” Carlson recalled. “The conversation we’ve been having as a country has been about race.
“You would expect, the whole point of this, was to affect political outcomes,” the Fox host added. “It’s really remarkable, no matter what the final result is, that this president, specifically this one, denounced every day as a racist, is doing better with non-White voters.”