Obama: Hispanics Ignore Trump’s Racism Because They Oppose Gay Marriage, Abortion
Former President Barack Obama made a bizarre explanation behind the increased support for President Donald Trump among Hispanic voters during the November 3 election.
Obama claimed those who supported the incumbent Republican President were likely “evangelical Christians” who chose to overlook President Trump’s “racism” because they opposed to gay marriages and abortion.
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
“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump,” Obama said. “But there are 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,”the former Democratic president said.
Obama made the remarks during an appearance at the “Breakfast Club” radio show — where he made comments about the recently concluded elections.
This comes as exit polls revealed that President Trump won a far larger margin of Hispanic votes in the November 3 election, compared to any Republican presidential candidate in recent history.
More Hispanics back Trump in 2020
The incumbent President earned 32% of the Latino votes in this election cycle, up from the 18% that he got in 2016. In a proof that more Hispanics are backing him, President Trump also saw an increased election margin in 78 out of the 100 Hispanic counties across the US.
In Texas, alone, he gathered 41% to 47% of Hispanic votes in several heavily Latino border counties. In Florida, the incumbent President also won 45% of the Latino votes, showing an 11-point improvement over 2016.
Former president Obama said the increased support from the historically-Democratic group is tied to Hispanic-American’s religious opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion — which are largely advocated by liberals.
“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life,” President Trump said in January as he attended the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington.
“We are here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.”
Nonetheless, there is no reason to believe that he is against gay marriage.
Support for LGBTQ community
President Trump’s pick and former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grennell, who is openly gay, tagged the President as the “most pro-gay president in history.”
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) August 19, 2020
“President Trump is the most pro-gay president in history and I can prove it,” he says. “I’m Ric Grennell. I’m America’s first openly gay cabinet member.”
First Lady Melania Trump also went on to dispel such criticisms, detailing the accomplishments of the President for the LGBTQ community.
“I was shocked to discover that some of these powerful people have tried to paint my husband as anti-gay or against equality. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.
First Lady Melania Trump supports freethinkers and trailblazers.
She is an ally for equality.
In this exclusive video, the First Lady gets unapologetically outspoken. pic.twitter.com/kc8UFDqaOB
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) October 29, 2020
President has also earlier nominated an openly-lesbian judge, Mary Rowland, as a federal district judge for the District Court of Northern Illinois. He has also selected openly gay Filipino-American judge, Patrick Bumatay, for the US Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit).
Meanwhile, during the same “Breakfast Club” radio appearance, former President Obama also called out President Trump for his immigration policy of detaining illegal immigrants in “cages”— a practice that actually began during the Obama-Biden administration.
Latinos identify with Trump’s policies
NBC News earlier reported that some segments of the diverse Latino electorate identify with Republican policies on the political, social and economic issues.
“This year, the law-and-order rhetoric used during the campaign really resonated with an already predisposed population to question things like Black Lives Matter,” Bernard Fraga, an associate professor of political science at Emory University told NBC.
“If your starting point is that not a single Latino should vote for Trump, then of course you are going to need a more complex explanation for understanding why Trump would win 25 to 35 percent of the [Latino] vote,” he added.
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