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Statement on Hispanic Engagement in 2020 Election

Immigrants chant slogans during a rally Monday, May 1, 2006, in Miami. Hundreds of thousands of mostly Hispanic immigrants skipped work and took to the streets Monday, flexing their newfound political muscle in a nationwide boycott that succeeded in slowing or shutting many farms, factories, markets and restaurants. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Hector Gonzalez: “Joe Biden’s campaign is unable to find support among Florida Hispanics for two reasons. First, the campaign has not made much effort to do outreach with the Hispanic community of Florida. Secondly, a victory for Joe Biden opens the doors for a change to the left that would result in a government too similar to that of Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua. In other words, the federal government would be socialist.

Turning to the subject of linking Biden’s campaign to the Hispanic community, that campaign is treating the Hispanic vote in Florida as if it were the same in other states such as Texas, New York, Arizona, or California. They think by simply being a Democrat, they’ll win the vast majority of Hispanic votes in Florida. But the surveys are showing that Biden’s campaign simply does not understand that the Hispanic community in Florida is not a monolithic community, without differences of nationality that determine electoral priorities. What works in Kissimmee with the large Puerto Rican community does not necessarily work with the Venezuelan community in Doral, nor what works with the Cuban community in Hialeah would be in the Mexican community in Immokalee.

Given the lack of outreach, Biden’s campaign is practically not trying to connect with the Florida Hispanics, for only one campaign initiative exists for Hispanics, called “Latinos with Biden”. The words “you reap what you sow” apply very well in this situation, for Biden’s campaign has sown very little, and the harvest of that sowing is very little, so little that it is behind Trump by a considerable margin.

Hispanics also fail to see Biden’s campaign as viable because many Hispanics, especially those in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, in that campaign, see the beginning of a socialist government headed by the Democratic Party. Many Hispanic immigrants fled from their countries fleeing socialist regimes or countries that were held hostage to violence by socialist/communist movements, such as Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador. It’s a matter of not wanting what they left behind here.

Thanks to these two reasons, Florida Hispanics are with the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He’s been the only president in decades to do something about socialism that threatens the largest country that has ever seen the planet Earth, and it needs it for four more years. Long live Trump and we’re gonna make America Great Again!


Hector Gonzalez
Director of Hispanic Outreach
Tampa Bay Young Republicans

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