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This Study On Latino Republicans And Their Beliefs Will Make You Better Understand Your MAGA Family

Like most other American families, Latino-American families can be home to a wide range of differing political opinions, leaving family members on each side of the aisle appalled with each other’s opposite opinions. You might be a liberal trying to understand how your brown, immigrant mami is walking around in a MAGA hat, or you might be just as pleased as we are that the Latino vote is finally being more closely examined. Either way, The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston has given a home to Professor Rottinghaus and co-author Rudy Fonseca, who just published a study complete with answers to all your questions.

Myth #1: “Latinos are Natural Democrats…but it Ain’t Happening in Texas”

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Tejanos are more likely to be registered Republicans than Latinos in other states. Twenty-seven percent of Tejanos identified as Republican, compared to 21 percent of Latinos in all other states during a 2014 Gallup poll. That said, the study reports that “divisive rhetoric and harsh immigration policies has
led many to hit the alarm.” As of September 2019, Trump has a 24 percent approval rating among Latinos, compared with an average of 30 percent to 35 percent of the Latino vote typically given to Republicans.

Bottom line: The majority of Latino-Americans identify with the Democratic party, but about a third of us identify as Republican.

Myth #2: “Latinx Republicans Must Be Less Conservative than Other Republicans”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

This myth is also pretty close to the truth, but it’s not the whole story. While Latino Republicans are more likely to identify as “somewhat conservative” than Republicans as a whole, it doesn’t mean they fall right in the middle of the political spectrum. An October 2016 Texas Tribune poll illustrated that Latino Republicans are far less likely to identify as “extremely conservative” than their Republican counterparts as a whole. 

Bottom line: Latino Republicans are slightly less conservative than Republicans as a whole, but are still squarely Republican. Rottinghaus’s study notes that the party is likely to lose Latino voters if they continue to lean more extremely to the right. 

Myth #3: “Latinx Republicans Are Moderating Recently As Republican Party
Rhetoric Grows more Conservative”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

Myth #2 brings us straight to myth #3. Latino Republicans are growing more conservative over time. Another Texas Tribune poll just two years later showed that 27 percent of Latino Republicans are now identifying as “extremely conservative,” as compared to 19 percent just two years prior.

The same poll broke down some differences of opinion. When it comes to deportation, border security, trade negotiations, and judicial nominees, Latino Republicans were less in favor of Trump’s tactics than other Republicans. They were also 18 percent less likely to feel that “Trump cares about people like you” than the Republican party as a whole.

Bottom line: The myth is true. Latino Republicans are more moderate compared to the Republican party at large. 

Myth #4: Latinos are Culturally Conservative, And This is the Only Reason They
Support the Republican Party

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The study concludes what we all already knew. If you had to genuflect in front of a Jesus painting at the entrance of your house, that (i.e. religion) plays a “major role” in choosing the Republican party. Those religious values that determine pro-life and anti-gay marriage political beliefs strongly swing a Latino’s choice of party. 

Bottom line: Of course, cultural beliefs are not the “only reason” Latinos might become Republicans. Homeowners and Latinos who have established roots in the U.S. for several generations are more likely to support the Republican party. Men are also more likely than Latinas to identify as Republican. The higher the income, the higher the probability a Latino might identify as a Republican.

Myth #5: “Latinx Republicans are “Softer” On Illegal Voting and Immigration
Than Other Republicans”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

The study concludes that while Latino Republicans, in fact, are “softer” on these issues than other Republicans, the one area that sets them apart is deportation. A Texas Tribune 2016 poll showed 19 percent of Latino Republicans “strongly agreed” that “undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately,” compared to 35 percent of all Republicans. 

Bottom line: When it comes to immigration, Latino Republicans don’t see it as such a serious threat as other Republicans, but that gap is beginning to close. The 2018 Texas Tribune poll showed a nearly 15 percent rise in general opinion that “undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately,” and the gap between Latino Republicans and the party as a whole has closed by 2 points.

Myth #6: Latinos Don’t Feel Welcome in the Republican Party

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The Houston study completely debunked this myth, finding that 61 percent of Latinx Republicans do feel welcome in the Republican party, compared to 68% of all Republicans. They might not feel as welcome as other Republicans, but the majority do feel welcome.

Bottom line: While Latino-Republicans feel welcome in their own party as a whole, only 22 percent of them feel the Republican party is “doing a good job” in reaching out to Latinos, according to the study. “The “sleeping giant” is real: Latinos are predicted to become
the largest population group in Texas by 2022,” the study concludes. If immigration is where Latino Republicans have differing views, the continued focus on deportation in the 2020 campaign could cause Latino Republicans to feel even less welcome in their own party.

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Maduro’s Attempts To Deprive Venezuelans Of Oxygen To Coerce Voters Rings Eerily Similar To Trump’s Threat To Withhold COVID Vaccines From New York

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Maduro’s Attempts To Deprive Venezuelans Of Oxygen To Coerce Voters Rings Eerily Similar To Trump’s Threat To Withhold COVID Vaccines From New York

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It is one of the oldest binding oaths in history: the Hippocratic Oath outlines a physician’s duty to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability and to do no harm.

Still, somehow, 16 members of Cuba’s medical missions to Venezuela say that they were forced to abandon this promise while serving patients. A new report by the New York Times details how these physicians detailed a system of deliberate political manipulation in which Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro Moros used coercion of their services to encourage votes for his Socialist Party.

According to the doctors, various tactics were used to secure votes from patients including the denial of treatment for opposition supporters.

“The Cuban doctors said they were ordered to go door-to-door in impoverished neighborhoods, offering medicine and warning residents that they would be cut off from medical services if they did not vote for Mr. Maduro or his candidates,” writes the New York Times in their latest report about the ongoings in Venezuela. “Many said their superiors directed them to issue the same threats during closed-door consultations with patients seeking treatment for chronic diseases.”

One former Cuban supervisor reported that she and other foreign medical workers were provided with counterfeit identification cards so that they could vote in an election. Another doctor claimed that she was told to give elderly patients “detailed” voting instructions.

“These are the kinds of things you should never do in your life,” the doctor, who spoke to the NYT under the condition of anonymity, stated.

These accounts of manipulation and fraud under Maduro’s legitimate time as president serve as a sort of parallel to the ones Americans face post-2020 election.

Just as Biden supporters have had to combat Trump’s grossly false claims about a “rigged” election, Maduros’ opposition-controlled legislature have had to fight combat claims by Maduro and the results of his undemocratic election.

According to New York Times, “Mr. Maduro’s opponents often accuse Cuba — which has long depended on oil from Venezuela — of propping up his embattled government by sending agents to work with Venezuela’s intelligence agencies, helping its ideological ally crush dissent.”

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the New York Times report are claims that doctors saw medical supplied hoarded until the May election. (Oddly similar to remarks that Trump has made about withholding a COVID-19 vaccine from New York City.) One physician, Dr. Yansnier Arias, claimed that his supervisors expressed a desire to “flood hospitals” with supplies just before the vote was made in order to make voters believe that Mr. Maduro had solved the country’s shortage difficulties.

“There was oxygen, but they didn’t let me use it,” Dr. Arias told New York Times.“We had to leave it for the election.”

According to New York Times, Dr. Arias defected from the Cuban government’s medical program last year and now lives in Chile.

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Redditers Are Sharing The Extreme And Passive Things They Will Do If Trump Wins

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Redditers Are Sharing The Extreme And Passive Things They Will Do If Trump Wins

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Desperate times are here and they are calling for desperate measures. As millions of citizens eligible to vote go out to cast their ballots in hopes of ensuring a brighter future for the United States, many are still wringing their hands in fear. After all, as the past four years have proven, quite a lot can happen in one presidential term, and not all of it good.

Recently, users on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit have been sharing what they think they will do if things don’t turn out as they plan.

Check out their responses below!

“Vote again next year. Obviously not for president but yeah, mostly just keep doing what I am. Edit: probably look for a new job too – he’s not good for my current employers prospects.” –flamedragon822

“Do what we did in 2016. Resist, protest, support local democrats who affect our lives way more, and go about our lives.

I, personally, have zero desire to leave this country. Maybe I’d prefer to have been born in Canada or Germany, but I was born here, I identify with this country, I like this country, and I’ll fight to fix it rather than leave. It’s never a lost cause.” –10art1

“I’m the other guy. When I was a child my parents were worried I was very sick and they had to weigh the possibility of permanent damage for their child against crippling debt of hospital bills because my country didn’t care enough about me to help take care of me. Well what do you know, now that I’m an adult I don’t care enough about my country to help take care of it.

I’ve moved to Canada. Not specifically for that reason, but it sure is one hell of a perk that even though I’m only a permanent resident me and my family never have to hesitate to get medical help. Most people don’t get a chance to choose their country, but their country has the opportunity to choose them; to help and support and take care of them. America wasn’t there for me then, I feel no obligation to be there for it now.” –camshell

“I won’t lie it would be immensely frustrating. Especially because if Trump does win, it’ll probably be from winning the right combo of swing states again with an even wider margin in the popular vote than 2020. I estimate that Biden could lead by up to 7% in the popular vote this year and still lose the general. But what will I do about it? Nothing mostly. Probably take out my frustration in the form of donating to various causes to reduce the damage this country (and a certain other country that promotes global far-right interests) is doing to itself and the world. The reality is since the beginning of history the left has been stifled. The powerful have both the incentive and ability to protect their power, and the have-nots win only with the help of tremendous luck. Repeated frustrating lost battles in a slow march of progress will always be the way of the left.” –beigebaron

“Same thing I did in 2016… go to bed with a headache.” –xTheBigShow

“Yeah I’m out. I’m an engineering student so I doubt I’ll have trouble finding employment overseas, and Trump winning in 2020 means either he rigged the election (meaning fascism can’t be too far away) or there really are enough ignorant and/or bigoted people in the US to vote that shitstain back in. Either outcome means I no longer want to live in this country.” –-Anguscr4p-

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“Probably abandon all the other issues I should be spending my time caring about and focus purely on electoral reform.

The right to rule is given by the consent of the governed. So why are we letting people win on a technicality while the majority of the country is left pounding sand? Where in our constitution does it even account for a two party system? Nowhere! And yet we’ve allowed them to drag us through a civil war, mass incarceration, unfettered capitalism, and blatant foreign interference. It’s painfully obvious the vast majority of people are not a constituent of either party.” – KamikazeSkylark

“Break the Canadian registration site, again.”- isanynametaken

“There’s a good chance I’ll leave. I’m experienced in EU data protection and technology law, and I’ve had opportunities over in Europe already that I’ve passed up. If trump wins again it’ll be hard to say no next time. I love this country, but at a certain point enough is enough. The problem isn’t just Trump. It’s that so many Americans actually support him.” –spice_weasel

“Probably evolve my participation in the political process beyond simply voting. 2016 spurred me to begin volunteering with Big Brother and my local crisis line. I’ve never viewed myself as having the patience for politics, but if Trump wins in 2020, it may be time to actually get involved in my local politics or with a national political organization. quit my job and get involved in politics full-time with a local or national organization. edit: clarity.”- Reddit user

“Grab the popcorn and watch from the comfort of Europe.” –Darth_Memer_1916

“I may consider running to be a Congress person. The only problem is I live in a liberal area. I’m not going to be replacing any republican so it’s a moot point at the local level. Our entire local government is all Dem so eh. But hey maybe I can do something.” –PlebPlayer

“The same thing I said in 2016: complain about it on the internet. It’d be sad to see the country damaged more than it already has been, and to watch the dying democracy.” –zlefin_actual

“I’ll probably do the same as most Americans, tune in to season 2 to see what direction the show is going before eventually getting bored and stop watching.” –bender710

“Well night of and day after, I’ll most likely bunker down and stay away from the riots. I’ll probably also read Reddit/Twitter and laugh at people thinking Trump wouldn’t win again. Then I’ll cry for how dumb Americans are, how lazy of a voter base we have, and losing my innocence, again.” –rudedudemood

“Canada if they’ll have me.” –SpaceMonkey877

“He won’t if we vote instead of just saying “he won’t”. Certainly I would not leave the country. Protest. Resist. Fight back in every way.” –MutatedFrog-

“Hope we can break the conservatives back and take their majority in senate so they can no longer protect him.” –datfixinboy

“Get on with my life because I am not American. I consider establishment Democrats to be centrist conservatives anyway.”-nsci2ece

“I’d like to think I’d do something good like resisting, protesting, etc, but if he wins, I’ll probably honestly just give up and do my best to ignore politics until the next elections.” – RavenLabratories

“Another Impeachment. Or 2. Or 53.” –Mant1c0re

“Same thing I’ve been doing these last 4 years: call out his bullshit, vote against his cronies and make sure we learn from our loss.” –thisisathrowaway_900

“Pray that the U.S can keep itself together over the next four years and focus on getting my political science/law degree so I can run for office myself and get these fascists out of government.”- OfElephantMonkeys

“I’d probably get pretty serious about Canada. I live not far from the border and my company is based out of Vancouver so there’s a possibility of being transferred. I would consider a second Trump turn to be a sign America has given up on getting back on it’s feet. Another several years of protests, riots, racial violence, defunding education, and safety nets even during a pandemic – the most heartless legislation and tone deaf administration I’ve witnessed in my entire life. I don’t think he’s doing it to make America great. I think he’s doing it at his dictators behest to intentionally weaken us and make us less powerful on a world scale, less of a threat to Putin. I think he’s setting the groundwork to allow us to be very easily taken advantage of and I don’t plan on sticking around for any more of this shitshow than is necessary. I want my daughter to grow up in a country where she’s more valuable than her eggs and has a shot at a decent education. May be some place where people actually care about whether or not kids are routinely getting shot up in schools and people don’t go bankrupt from a broken bone.” –Zoklett

“Same shit I always do probably, unless we all die from coronavirus.” –Star_City

“Nothing much. I don’t even know what Trump would do as a 2nd term POTUS. Probably very little…all he cares about is campaigning and trolling. If you remove the notion of a future election, he probably will just sit around his FL house, watch Fox, and play golf with PM Abe.” –DukeofDixieland

“Nothing? Trump is a lame duck president. He’s actually preferable to Biden simply because he has less potential to do harm. As soon as Trump is out of office, most people currently following politics will go back to ignoring politics within a couple of years.” –WBSNE

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