According to conventional wisdom, Donald Trump was not only going to perform disastrously with Hispanic voters, Latinos in Florida and the southwest were probably going to cost him the election. With his promise to build a border wall and leave no illegal immigrant safe from deportation, he would potentially doom the GOP to irrelevance for decades to come.
And, as was the case in so many other areas, the conventional wisdom turned out to be utter nonsense. The big Hispanic backlash never materialized. Trump actually outperformed Mitt Romney, winning 29% of the Hispanic vote, an improvement of 2 points over 2012. One last time, all of the Republicans who have been pushing for amnesty in a cynical attempt to play identity politics have been forced to eat crow.
In these numbers, we see that not all Hispanics have bought into the shameful lies of the leftist media. They were shrewd enough to understand there was a huge difference between “Mexicans” and “illegal immigrants,” despite months of TV liberals saying otherwise. They were wise enough to see through the charade and vote for a man who has never given the slightest indication that he’s a racist. Good for them.
They have been consistently insulted over the last year and a half, but the insults didn’t come from Trump. They came from Democrats and the media, who decided last summer that no respectable Hispanic-American would EVER support enforcing the country’s immigration laws. The biggest insult: That there’s no meaningful difference between immigrants here legally and those who jumped the border. Another version of the left’s bigotry of low expectations.
At the heart of the matter is this: The America we actually live in is not the same one we’ve been TOLD we live in. And the demographic breakdowns of the vote proved that conclusively. Not just with Hispanics; with women, with college educated whites, and with the residents of the so-called Rust Belt.
Trump’s victory was an affirmation of something all of us sensed deep down inside: That the reflection of our country as seen through the lens of the mainstream media was distorted and inaccurate. Hopefully, the Republican Party will look deeply into this newly-fixed mirror and make the appropriate corrections. If they do, our triumph Tuesday night will be the first of many to come.