If Donald Trump loses the presidential race tomorrow, a lot of it will be due to an increase in turnout from Latino voters in key states such as Florida and Nevada.
Both the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have reports on the surge in Latino voters in Florida this year, and it’s safe to say that most of them aren’t convinced that Trump has their best interests at heart.
“I trust Rubio, but I don’t trust Mr. Crazy,” Cuban American voter Maria Ballaster, who has always pulled the lever for the GOP in past elections, tells the Post.
“Trump wants to send all of us home,” Ramon Toribio, a man who hails from the Dominican Republic, tells the Journal. “He doesn’t see us as Americans.”
And Marilyn Ralat-Albernas, a Florida resident of Puerto Rican descent, tells the Post that she feels Trump has put a bullseye on the backs of all Latinos with his incendiary rhetoric about undocumented immigrants from Mexico.
“When he insulted Mexicans, he was insulting all of us,” said explains. “He doesn’t understand our culture. We need to come together and show him that our community is powerful.”
It’s not just anecdotal evidence that Latino voters are poised to make a big impact on the election, either.
As the Post notes, “the Hispanic share of overall early voters is sharply higher this year, reaching about 15 percent from about 10 percent at this stage four years ago, according to an analysis by University of Florida political scientist Daniel A. Smith.”