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Three Hispanic Americans explain why minority voters might abandon the Democratic Party.
“The Democrats have really lost working class people,” Chris Formoso, a first-generation Cuban and father of four, told Fox News. “These people have completely lost their minds. There’s no way to vote for them, especially when Republicans have become more focused on the issues that matter.”
A Puerto Rican man, Hector Olmo, who is now a retired cop living in New Jersey, said Democrats are using documents and rhetoric to appease minority voters while preventing them from achieving real success.
A Cuban immigrant, Maria Lorenzo, who came to the United States more than 50 years ago said the Democratic Party embracing socialism and ignoring its political failures caused them to lose Hispanic support.
“I can’t talk about all Hispanics, but most of the ones I know are fed up with the Democratic Party,” said Lorenzo, who came to the United States as a child from Havana and is became an American citizen at the age of 18. birthday.
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“People here have a lot of misconceptions. They studied communism in school, but I lived it,” Lorenzo told Fox News.
“Most Hispanics, especially those who came from Cuba and Venezuela, fled communism. And they see this country, the Democratic Party, leaning towards that – towards socialism, towards division.”
Lorenzo’s parents instilled in him and his sister a strong work ethic. In his quest for the “American dream”, Lorenzo says his father refused to accept government grants.
Her top priorities as a voter are maintaining a small government and championing the First and Second Amendments.
Despite the Democratic Party’s historic success garnering the Hispanic vote, Lorenzo said economic hardship is prompting many to reevaluate. “When your pocket hurts, you wake up from all the beliefs you had, and the Democratic Party hurts people’s pockets,” she said.
A recent report by Axios, titled ‘The Great Realignment’, details a Democratic Party that is becoming more elite and “a bit whiter” as inroads into a number of ethnic groups for Republicans could turn the tide in many swing held by the Democrats. seats.
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Data (from where?) shows that Democrats are “statistically tied” to Republicans in congressional polls when it comes to the Hispanic vote. A surprise compared to 2018, when the Democratic Party held a 47-point advantage over Hispanics at midterm.
Hector Olmo, a retired Puerto Rican police officer living in New Jersey, also believes Democrats are embracing socialist ideas and turning down Hispanic voters.
“We moved here to be independent and to be our own thinkers and be as successful as we want to be,” Olmo told Fox News. “With socialism, where everyone is on an equal footing, it’s a good idea, but it doesn’t work.”
Olmo voted Republican for the majority of his life, largely due to his upbringing with immigrant parents.
“Something my dad always told me is that Democrats will help their constituents and help the needy and help the lower class, but will never provide enough for them to be more successful than them.”
By contrast, Olmo said Republicans are giving people “the ability to succeed the way they want, not just a gift,” and pointed to the historically low minority unemployment rate under President Trump.
Olmo said Democrats are using issues that shouldn’t be politicized, like abortion, as a way to obscure other policy failures.
During his 28 years in police service, Olmo said he witnessed firsthand how Democratic policies such as bail reform have corroded the institution of law enforcement.
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“It’s just a downward spiral,” he said, citing soaring inflation, record gasoline prices and rising crime rates in major US cities. “There was no self-correction.”
Like Lorenzo, he believes the economic and social consequences of Democratic policies will allow voters to become more informed and savvy when voting.
“When you hit someone’s wallet, their freedoms and their stuff, they’re going to stop and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?
Chris Formoso, a Cuban-American living in Florida, said Democrats have lost touch with the working class, including Hispanics.
“They’re focusing on the wrong topics,” Formoso told Fox News. “I keep hearing about 6th January, I keep hearing about gender identity and its importance, and the oppression and racism. I’m a minority – I don’t feel any of that “, did he declare.
“What matters to me is keeping things affordable for me and my family,” the father of four said.
Formoso works as a CFO in the Miami-Dade area. His parents fled Cuba for the United States in hopes of a better life after Fidel Castro’s rise to power.
An independent voter who backed Gary Johnson in 2016 and reluctantly voted for Donald Trump in 2020, Formoso said he found himself aligning himself more with Republicans as Democratic priorities became increasingly disconnected.
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“Almost every Hispanic I know…we only care about hard work, family values, Latino justice, common sense things that any society should promote,” Formoso told Fox News. “I feel like the Democrats have kind of fallen into this black hole where they seem to be against the nuclear family.”
Citing the economy and general safety as his top priorities, he criticized the Democratic Party for adopting tough lockdown policies which he blames for causing severe economic disruption and putting millions out of work.
“Whatever’s wrong with the economy, they blame it on Putin’s tax hike. They blame it on the Republicans who don’t pass more spending bills that would only push inflation further higher. They don’t make sense,” Formoso said.
“I don’t see how anyone can vote for these people to stay in power and continue on this path that is ruining the country.”
Formoso said there was not a single Democratic figure being discussed as a potential 2024 presidential candidate that he would consider voting for.
“They need to change their outlook on society and on life, because right now they are on the wrong path.”
All three agreed that the minority vote, including Hispanics, will shift to the right in the coming midterms.
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“I think they’re going to vote conservative,” Formoso said of Hispanic voters. “There’s no way we can vote for them, especially when Republicans have been more focused on the issues that matter.”
Olmo said he believes minorities and all voters will lean heavily to the right in the next election.
“The Democrats really haven’t shown an answer to fix or fix anything,” he said.
“I pray the Republican Party wins a majority,” Lorenzo said. “I hope there will be a ‘red wave’.”