Trumpâ€™s Spanish-Media Adviser Warns Dems: Electoral Shift is Coming
National Review, Oct 14, 2020, John Loftus
In the 2012 election, Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, helping him seal victory over Mitt Romney. Democrats and the media subsequently predicted that Obamaâ€™s capture of Hispanics â€” particularly his support among Cubans in Florida â€” defined a clear future for the party. Indeed, after the Obama administrationâ€™s â€œCuban Thawâ€ policies and the presidentâ€™s trip to Cuba in 2016, Democrats thought they would swing a generation of Cubans into their camp.
These predictions, however, may prove to have been more premature than prescient. A Florida International University 2020 poll released in early October found that 59 percent of Cubans in South Florida say they will vote for President Trump. Moreover, according to a report from Equis Research, Trumpâ€™s anti-socialism and anti-Left messaging resonates with â€œpost-93â€ Cubans, who arrived in America during the 1994 rafter crisis.
In such data points, Giancarlo Sopo, the director of rapid response for Spanish Language Media at Trumpâ€™s reelection campaign, sees another electoral shift underway. While the president continues to fall behind Joe Biden in battleground Florida polls â€” where the Cuban vote is most crucial â€” Sopo nevertheless maintains this is a shift that will â€œoutlive Joe Bidenâ€™s campaign.â€
Recently he spoke with National Review to shed light on what he argues are political trends that have alienated Cubans and other Hispanic groups from the Democratic Party â€” and to discuss his own personal journey from Democrat to Trump booster.