President Donald Trump’s grand victory in Florida owed in large part to his stern condemnation of leftist governments in Latin America, which was loud and clear among conservative Hispanics in the southeastern state.
In Florida, this demographic is led by Cubans who loathe the communist government in Havana, against which Trump took a tough line during his presidency and campaign for the White House.
In Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, dozens of Cubans listened to salsa music and waved American flags on Tuesday night as they celebrated Trump’s victory in Florida and his rich prize of 29 votes.
The state, known for its tight presidential election, has been viewed as critical of Trump’s re-election bid against Democrat Joe Biden.
A popular Spanish song rang out outside the famous Cafe Versailles calling for people to vote for Trump.
“Freedom for Cuba!” yelled one woman as TV crews filmed her.
Trump won Florida because of its anti-communist rhetoric and also because of its popularity with rural whites, experts said.
“The Democrats have lost their Hispanic voice. Not just among the Cubans. Venezuelans, Argentines, Bolivians, Colombians too. They are all here for Trump,” said Eduardo Gamarra, professor of political science at Florida International University (FIU).
Anti-racism protests that swept America after the police murder of George Floyd in May failed to convince Florida Latinos to vote for Biden – who, unlike Trump, supports the Black Lives Matter movement – because they disagree Identify black people in the United States. Said Gamarra.
South Americans living in Florida tend to come from the middle and upper classes in their home countries, the scholar said.
“But Latinos in the rest of the country have a different view of themselves because of their social background and are more involved in the civil rights debate,” he said.
Black Lives actually injured Matter Biden among Latinos in the Sunshine State, according to Gamarra.
“Pray” that Trump will win
Take Carlos Rizo, a Cuban who watched the election return at home and “prayed” that Trump would win.
He said Black Lives Matter was a left wing ploy to undermine democracy – an opinion not uncommon among the state’s Latinos.
“Everyone knows what Black Lives Matter is and what provoked it,” Rizo, a 53-year-old truck driver, told AFP.
He said the BLM and the loose left group called Antifa had been used by the Democrats “to create panic and terror”.
Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at the FIU, said it wasn’t just Hispanics – they make up 20 percent of the Sunshine State’s voters – who fueled Trump’s victory.
You can win without them if you can win the support of the rural Floridians, Duany said.
But Trump’s “close relationship” with the Cuban and Venezuelan communities in Miami has produced good results, he said.
“These two groups are not critical to overall victory, but they must have tipped the balance in Trump’s favor,” Duany said.
Biden was slow to fight in Florida and was slow to respond to Trump’s portrayal of him as the face of the far left that would usher socialism in the US, he added.
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