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Here’s How Politicians Try (And Fail) To Win Over Latino Voters

It’s campaign season and you know what that means: DISOWNING YOUR FAMILY! Also, hispandering.

Hispandering, for the uninitiated, is the attempt to appeal to a Latino demographic in a shallow and obvious manner. It always ramps up around elections, when politicians are reminded that we exist.

Here’s a quick rundown of popular hispandering techniques and the appropriate responses to them.

Tossing Spanish-Language Buzzwords Into A Sentence

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Spanish and its slightly younger cousin, Spanglish, are languages many of us use to connect to one another. They provide a handy shorthand for declaring, “We come from the same place, kind of. (And we can share chisme in front of these gringos without them knowing).”

Because it feels so personal, it’s often jarring to hear an outsider attempt to connect to us using Spanish. It forces familiarity without necessarily having done the work of truly become familiarized. Not only that, Latinos in the U.S. increasingly consume media and speak to one another in English, not in Spanglish catchphrases yelled from a podium.

Totally valid response: If a politician attempts to address you in Spanish, demand that it be done formally.

Visiting Versailles In Miami

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Sure, the pan con lechón there is great, but are politicians who visit this iconic Cuban restaurant actually:

1. Listening to the concerns of its patrons? And…

2. aware that the Versailles-going Miami Cuban population is not necessarily representative of Latino voters across the United States? BTW, keep in mind that your humble narrator is writing this as a Versailles-going Miami Cuban herself.

Totally valid response: Demand free lunch. If politicians get to enjoy things like delicious croquetas without having adequately earned them, so should you.

Any Use Of A Shakira Or Ricky Martin Song*

*Or any similar song from the “Latin explosion” of the ’90s, or the “Latin Invasion” of the early aughts.
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It’s like they don’t even know that Helado Negro exists, or really, that any Latino has made music since 2003.

Totally valid response: Mute any livestream of political rallies filled with vague promises in favor of supporting Latino artists instead.

Declaring Blind Love For — Or Blind Love By — Latinos

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Keep dreaming, cara de fruta bomba.

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Totally valid response: Make your voice heard by voting, thus showing who this particular Latino (YOU!) truly cares about.

Focusing Solely On Immigration When Addressing Us

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There are, of course, many Latinos in the United States who come from immigrant families or who are themselves immigrants. Americans of any stripe should hope for an immigration policy that is fair, safe and comprehensive.

However, this is not an issue that is only relevant to Latinos and it’s not the only issue important to Latino voters. It is painted as “the Latino issue” often at the expense of other things that impact us considerably, like the economy and education. For any politician to not understand this means they have not done their homework.

Totally valid response: Vote. Protest. Campaign. Write and talk about all the issues that matter to you. Show that we’re a diverse group of people who care about many things poised to impact our lives and the future of this country.

READ: Think the Latino Vote Matters? It Does and Latinos are Ready to Vote this Election, Here’s Why

Make your voice heard. Tell us what issues you care about most this election year, below.

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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