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President Trump gains with Hispanics on economic policies

This initiative will increase his popularity with Latin voters.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, a move that will improve Latin educational and economic opportunities.

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In a speech in the White House Rose Garden before signing the order, President Trump touted the initiative as expanding school choice for Latins and one that would improve access to charter schools for students.

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The measure will create more career options for Hispanic students, as well as boast investment in economically distressed communities, including Opportunity Zones, and offer more economic incentives for small and minority-owned businesses.

It is part of a push by the Trump administration and campaign to appeal to minority voters. Trump and his team know, and the Democrats fear, that black and Latin voters are very traditional and conservative on social issues.

If the GOP were to appeal to them on issues like education, school choice, abortion, faith, and the radical leftist LGBTQ agenda, you would see the president and the Republicans gaining support even past their current likely 20 percent popularity with these groups.

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This is because religion still plays a major role in these communities and Protestant African American black religious leaders and Roman Catholic clergy are both very conservative on social matters.

Now while 20 percent is a low number, it is double the number the president polled with blacks and Latins in the 2016 presidential election.

Per black voters the president’s increased appeal is across the board, but centered on male voters. Though the economic consequences of the virus has put a dent in these numbers, it is still probably hovering around 20 percent. Conservative press reports that put it higher are the products of wishful thinking.

The situation is trickier with Hispanic voters because, in point of fact, there is no such thing as the Hispanic vote as a monolith.

Latin voters break down into very specific ethnic, historical, regional, and cultural voting blocs. Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Central American Latins tend to vote Democrat in solid majorities. Those of Cuban and South American heritage tend to vote GOP in just the same majorities, hence why Florida, given its Cuban and South American Latin voting strength, will likely stay red.

However, one of the few things almost all Hispanics share is social conservatism. Thus the president is on solid ground with this program.

Democrats and the Left will ignore this initiative and continue to bellow the president is a racist. When asked for proof of his racism, as when asked for factual proof to back up any of their baseless charges, Democrats will attempt to change the subject and will start to engage in ad hominem attacks.

Thus black and Latin voters are faced with a clear choice in the fall. On one hand is the party of Lincoln and economic opportunities. On the other is a patronizing collection of fossilized leftists who pay attention to minority voters only around election time and use them as pawns to slake the pathological Democrat thirst for raw power devoid of patriotism or principle. It would behoove black and Latin voters, and the rest of America, to choose wisely.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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