Florida Senator Marco Rubio commented on Hispanic voters’ massive swing toward the Republican Party, particularly in South Florida, which he attributes to their intrinsically conservative cultural values.
In an interview with Breitbart, the Republican lawmaker warned that if the GOP does not align itself with Trump’s America First agenda, they could lose the Hispanic community’s support in future elections.
“These are communities made up of people who value common sense wisdom and working-class values,” said Rubio on why Hispanics in Miami shifted toward Trump in the last.
Breitbart added this is a trend also seen in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas – which is interesting considering that thousands of Hispanic illegal immigrants are flooding the Southern border near the Rio Grande.
If Hispanics continue to trend toward the GOP, the migrants entering the border now could very well secure future elections for Republicans if they are granted citizenship, perhaps backfiring on the Democrats that welcomed them in.
“That’s what their life is built on. Those are two things the Left has abandoned. You hear lots of people talk about whether it’s socialism. Socialism is a part of it. Socialism is a part of the common-sense part of it,” Rubio continued.
“In their mind, if I were to step in the shoes of someone who maybe voted for Obama in 2012, then voted for Donald Trump in 2020, they would say to you, ‘Look, I came from a socialist country. I fled it. Why the hell would we do that here?’ It makes no sense to them,” the senator added. “So you see Democrats stand up and say, ‘I’m not a socialist,’ and no you’re not. You don’t brand yourself as a socialist, but you support socialist things, and you support socialist leaders and socialist politics. It just makes no sense to them.”
As long as Republicans unite with Trump’s “common sense” policies, Rubio said the Hispanic shift to the GOP will be “permanent.”
“I think that shift is permanent unless we as Republicans go back to being who we used to be—then we give these people no political home,” he warned.
In the 2020 election, Trump earned 55 percent of Florida’s Cuban-American vote, 30 percent of Puerto Ricans, and 48 percent of “other Latinos,” according to NBC News exit polls.
The outlet remarked that Trump dramatically improved his support in Miami-Dade County by a nearly 200,000-vote increase from 2016, winning him Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
This could signify that Hispanics are not falling prey to the Left’s pandering and are instead voting their conscience against the socialist policies they fled. If this trend continues, Republicans will secure the vote of America’s largest minority.