Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera believes the Hispanic vote is “up for grabs” and that President Donald Trump could win them over if he speaks to them with “compassion.”
Rivera shared his thoughts on this issue during a discussion on “The Five” Wednesday about the latest smears against Trump supporters by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
(Source: Fox News)
Reacting to criticism of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar for her awkward attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters, Rivera mocked her “Hispandering” before he noted that Trump is “just the guy” who can successfully reach that segment of the population.
“In terms of the Hispanic vote, I think that this is a vote that’s up for grabs,” he said.
“The president has, in his harsh language about immigration, left an opening for the Democrats to expand that base. I urge him — I talked to him personally — speak with compassion about this population,” Rivera added.
“These people could be Republicans, as George W. Bush famously said. So I want the president to be much more expansive and much kinder when it comes to that whole border issue,” he said.
“You can build a damn wall. I don’t care about the wall as long as there is going to be a big door. As he says, there’s gonna be a big door. I think that the president now has a historic opportunity to expand the Republican Party in a way that we have not seen since Ronald Reagan in the second term,” Rivera continued.
“And he can do it. He’s just, just the guy to do it,” he said. “I see him working it in the African-American community.”
Trump’s rising support among Latino voters, despite rhetoric and the liberal media’s one-sided immigration narrative, could seriously threaten Democrats.
According to a Pew Research Center poll, a “record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote” in November and, though the majority are registered as Democrats, 30 percent of Hispanic voters approve of Trump – and that figure includes 23 percent who “approve strongly.”
A young boy named Jose spoke about his support of Trump ahead of the president’s rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday which coincided with the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When José’s peers ask how he can support @realDonaldTrump as a Hispanic, this brave young man says: “Just bcuz I’m Hispanic doesn’t mean I’m stupid…@POTUS cares about everyone & is determined to better the entire nation”#Trump2020pic.twitter.com/yZ9ZKoq4oU
— DrConservaMom???? (@ConservaMomUSA) February 20, 2020
“Just because I’m Hispanic, doesn’t mean that I’m stupid,” he said. “I’m not about to support someone who sugarcoats things, I’m going to talk to someone who actually cares about the feelings of everyone and is determined to work toward the better goal of the entire nation.”
Former Congressional Hispanic Caucus spokesman Kristian Ramos asserts that the Latino support for Trump is “real.”
“President Donald Trump has done almost everything he can to anger Latino voters. And yet, his support among this crucial portion of the electorate remains surprisingly consistent,” Ramos wrote in The Atlantic.
“Displeasure with the president over the past three years has not led to an increase in support for the opposing party,” Ramos noted.
“In an election that will likely come down to the smallest margins of victory, the consistent support for Trump from a small, but vocal, subset of Latino voters is a real threat to Democrats,” @kramos1841 writes: https://t.co/RDPjmS8CBy
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) February 18, 2020
“When Democrats reach out to Latino voters, they are too focused on immigration, and say too little about other issues these voters prioritize. If they want to win over enough Latino votes to retake the White House, Democrats must continue to fight for the immigrant community, but they must also offer a positive, aspirational narrative that embraces Latinos as a vibrant part of America,” he added.
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