50 Cent was recently accused of no longer being Black by ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler because of his vocal support for Donald Trump. This was just the latest in a long line of alleged progressive genetics befalling prominent celebrities.
In 2016, billionaire tech entrepreneur, Peter Thiel, was labeled as no longer gay by an LGBT publication because of his own support for Trump.
Apparently, if you are Black, Hispanic, gay, transgender, or a woman, you must vote Democrat, or rescind your membership to your respective group(s). At least, that’s the common narrative coming out of the far left.
Well, if this is the case, then the United States currently finds itself with almost five million less Black and Hispanic people.
LATINOS AND BLACKS FOR TRUMP
Trump’s appeal amongst these groups grew significantly between 2016 and 2020.
The President scored an 11 percentage point increase of the Hispanic vote — which translates to roughly 3.5 million extra voters (11% of the 32 million eligible Hispanic voters). Trump won approximately 25% to 35% of the Latino vote nationally, and this should come as no surprise.
Rather than pandering to the mostly white far left and trumpeting social issues, Trump’s campaign honed in on what matters most to many Hispanics, a strong economy and low unemployment. Whilst both white and Hispanic voters might be repulsed by Trump’s less than articulate or measured public appearances, a significant percentage of Latinos looked past that and at the entrepreneurial policies that Trump espouses.
Having fled the corrupt societies of Central and South America, many Latinos took issue with slogans like ‘defund the police’, opting instead for stability, law and order — incidentally, one of the reasons they moved to the United States in the first place.
Trump also won an extra 750,000 or so Black votes (a 4% percentage point increase of the approximately 18 million Black votes). While Biden still secured an overwhelming 87% of the Black vote, this indicate a turning tide, and one that has been exemplified by the growing conservative movement among young Black Americans. They take issue with the growing victim narrative, and the trend to go back to judging others based on the colour of their skin rather than the content of their character.
Ationza Smith, a Biden supporter and co-founder of the activist group Revolutionaries Demanding Justice, told Vox that Black voters “like how he’s improved employment … they’re kind of basically looking at things on a business level and not necessarily an ethics level.”
Perhaps it’s a case of the white left crawling too far into their Twitter bubbles, that they’ve failed to see and truly empathise with the exact people they’ve spent the last few years madly signaling their support for.
Presidential race aside, as at the time of writing, the Democrats lost a net of 5 seats, and could lose more, with the most likely scenario being a net loss of between seven to 11 seats, according to interviews with campaign officials and strategists from both parties, prompting internal conflict around key policies and messaging.
Ultimately, this election came down to a vote for, or a vote against Trump.
While the result remains to be seen, it seems increasingly likely that Biden will take out the Presidency.
Trump could have won it, not by improving his policies, but ultimately by being less of a dick.
Biden could have lost it, because of his policies, the socialist equality of outcome rhetoric — something many Hispanics left their countries for — and the pandering to the far-left at the expense of the centre left, centre and centre right.
At the end of the day, human beings essentially want to lead better lives, and that comes back to creating economic opportunities — something Trump’s leadership appeared to be doing a good job of until the pandemic hit, an overtly politicized event that crushed the economy of not just the United States, but many western countries the world over, and apart from some initial missteps, can hardly be held against the President.
Let’s hope the DNP learns from the surge in the Hispanic and Black vote, as well as the bloodbath in the House, and starts to spend a proportionate amount of time on the issues that matter most.
As former Democratic presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, put it, “If 68 million people do something it’s vital that we understand it”.