ABC points to Latinos being fooled by ‘disinformation’ to explain DeSantis, GOP success in South Florida

True blue corporate media leaned into their strengths during election night coverage and when it came to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ resounding triumph even in the Democratic stronghold of Miami-Dade County, ABC News could only reason that Latinos were fooled by “disinformation.”

(Video: ABC News)

The level of gaslighting was truly astounding as journalist María Elena Salinas made her case that Latinos were readily fooled by the message presented by Republicans despite being drowned out by Democrats. David Muir even admitted as he brought her into the conversation, that a win for DeSantis meant “we lost Florida now to the Republicans.”

“The other major storyline coming out of Florida–because we called it so early, María Elena Salinas, I want to bring you in,” he said. “I know your home is Miami, you’re here in New York and we’re grateful for that tonight. But there’s going to be a question in Democratic circles, I mean, have we lost Florida now to the Republicans? I mean, this was very early tonight and we’ve seen what it’s done the last couple of presidential cycles.”

“They have, David. They’ve been very slowly losing Florida to the Republicans,” she replied. “And when I see those numbers, blue, Miami-Dade as you can see on that map, Miami-Dade is probably the bluest county in the state. I mean, I see it every day out my window, the blue ocean there and it’s very blue, but this time, it looks like it’s going red.”

“And really, it’s the Democrats that have themselves to blame for this, because they really have not fought back. You know that Miami is one of the centers of disinformation, especially among Latino voters,” she argued. “The majority of residents in Miami-Dade are Latinos. And they don’t fight back. It seems almost as if they have given up on Florida. And now a lot of people just consider it not a swing state, but a red state.”

The case being made by Salinas with a straight face was that, despite reports of media coverage of Republicans being negative 87 percent of the time throughout the 2022 campaigns, the GOP’s “disinformation” was strong enough to flip the most Democratic county in the state of Florida, but not enough to win much better than just over 50 percent majorities in the House and Senate.

“And for the first time, possibly, the Latino vote will go Republican, because even though we talked a lot about that last election, in 2020, Joe Biden still won the Latino vote in Florida. Just by a much smaller margin than the election for Hillary Clinton,” she went on without promoting a single agenda point that Democrats offered to Latinos that would have led them to favor electing former Rep. Charlie Crist instead of DeSantis.

“So it looks like it’s turning red and the Latinos really have a lot to do with that. But one thing we have to be careful, it’s not indicative of the national Latino vote,” she tried seemingly contending that Miami Latinos were somehow more perceptible to “disinformation.”

“Florida is a very small fraction of the Latino vote on a national level, so, we have to be careful not to read too much into this. This is just Florida,” Salinas said as Muir picked up the idea reminding that they weren’t a monolith.


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