It’s undeniable that Hispanic and Latino support for the president is on the rise, especially among Cubans and Venezuelans who have fled communist and socialist countries and now live in places like Florida.
However, the latest endorsement from the Governor of Puerto Rico is somewhat surprising considering the territory’s 2016 election results.
To give a short recap of how the U.S. territory voted in the last presidential election, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton won 36 delegates compared to Republican candidate Marco Rubio’s 23 delegates.
Needless to say, Puerto Rico is a solidly-Blue territory, which is why it comes as a surprise that Puerto Rican Governor Wanda Vazquez endorsed President Trump for re-election last Tuesday.
Vazquez, who is a member of both the Republican Party of Puerto Rico and the New Progressive Party, was elected to the gubernatorial office just last year in 2019.
During an interview with Spanish-speaking network Telemundo, Vazquez gave the president her glowing endorsement, which she was originally set to do during Trump’s Florida campaign rally that was canceled due to his coronavirus diagnosis.
“I ask all Puerto Ricans who are listening to go vote,” Vazquez urged. “They have to go to vote, exercise their right to vote and evaluate who has represented being a person who thinks about Puerto Ricans and their needs at the most difficult moment. It is Donald Trump,” she said.
The governor’s endorsement came after President Trump approved a $13 billion dollar aid package to help rebuilding efforts for damage the territory is still experiencing years after Hurricane Maria hit.
FEMA is directed to distribute the package to rebuild the territory’s electric power infrastructure as well as its educational institutions.
At the time the package was announced, the White House said in a statement, “Today’s grant announcements represent some of the largest awards in FEMA’s history for any single disaster recovery event.”
The Trump administration’s efforts “demonstrate in the Federal Government’s continuing commitment to help rebuild the territory and support the citizens of Puerto Rico and their recovery goals,” it reads.
Meanwhile, a Biden adviser slammed the White House’s aid package as a “political stunt.”
But Governor Vazquez certainly doesn’t see it as a stunt. She sees it as a win for her people, as any good leader should when it comes to restoring institutions that meet basic human needs.
The Biden campaign clearly does not have a clue when it comes to helping real people in need. The modern Left is simply obsessed with pandering, power, and money, which is one of many reasons the American people voted for Trump in 2016.
And they will vote for him again in 2020. As endorsements continue to roll in from prominent Hispanic, Latino, and Black community leaders, enthusiasm for Trump’s campaign will only rise as Election Day looms.