September 17, 2020 Press Releases

“No Substance” to Trump’s Attempted Latino Outreach Leads to Lagging Latino Support, New Polls Show

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

CONTACT: Tyler Cherry, tcherry@azdem.org

“No Substance” to Trump’s Attempted Latino Outreach Leads to Lagging Latino Support, New Polls Show

Trump Gaining Ground with Latinos is a “False Narrative” 

PHOENIX — Try as Donald Trump may “to fool Arizona Latinos into voting for him,” his attempts at courting the Latino vote seem to be falling flat.

This week, Trump held a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable which, according to Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Diaz, “had no substance” and “was merely a campaign rally where Trump used Latinos like a masterful puppeteer pulling the strings of the marionettes to the delight of what looked like a mostly white crowd.”

And while some political observers erroneously claim Trump is gaining ground with Arizona Latinos, new polls prove otherwise.

One poll conducted by Latino Decisions shows Trump with less than one-third of Latinos’ support — similar to Republican percentages in the last four elections. A new Monmouth University poll shows similar results of Latinos overwhelmingly supporting Joe Biden.

“This is pretty consistent with his numbers in 2016, so the idea that he’s moved the needle on Latinos, especially in Arizona, is certainly a false narrative,” said Stephen Nuño, a senior analyst with Latino Decisions.

Latinos across Arizona continue to suffer the consequences of Trump’s failed presidency — from his ineffective pandemic response, which has cost Latinos their lives and livelihoods, to his anti-immigrant agenda, which has torn apart families and devastated communities.

Since day one of his campaign, Trump has demonized the Latino community and sought to stoke fear and division for his own political benefit. And over the last four years, Trump’s failed policies have disproportionately hurt Latino communities in every corner of the state.

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY 

Promise: Four years ago, Trump asked Arizonans, “To Those African Americans And Latinos Suffering In Our Country, I Say, Very Simply, What The Hell Do You Have To Lose? Vote For Donald Trump. I Am Going To Fix It.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Prescott AZ, 10/4/16]

  • Reality: Four years later, Arizona’s Latino families are suffering under Trump. Latinos have lost their jobs, their health care, and now — as a consequence of Trump’s failed pandemic response — even their lives.

  • Reality: More than 25,000 Latinos have tragically died as a result of the coronavirus, which accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths among Latinos.

  • Reality: The pandemic has been an economic disaster for Latino families, who have faced steep job losses, business closures, difficulties in making housing payments, and underemployment. Four in 10 Latino families with children are going hungry, while 44% of Latinos renters don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills.

  • Reality: More than 3 million Latinos are unemployed. While Latinos make up 17.5% of the total labor force, they account for 22% of unemployed Americans.

  • Reality: Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump and the Republican Party are attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing significant gains among Latino communities since the ACA was passed.

Promise: Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus during an interview in Phoenix, and promised Arizonans that it’s “going to work out fine.” And in March, Trump pledged that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.”

  • Reality: Across the state, Latino communities have suffered immensely from Trump’s failed pandemic response. In Maricopa County alone, Latinos are more than twice as likely to become infected by the coronavirus as non-Latino residents. In the predominantly Latino town of Guadalupe, residents have tested positive at more than four times the rate of the county.

  • Reality: In Maricopa County, Latinos are being disproportionately hospitalized with the coronavirus, making up nearly 40% of all hospitalizations. Hispanic children are eight times more likely to be hospitalized with the coronavirus compared to white children.

  • Reality: Families in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods have had to wait up to 13 hours for a coronavirus test. Pima County Latino communities have had trouble accessing COVID-19 testing.

  • Reality: And in the midst of the devastation he has wrought, Trump is trying to scapegoat Latino and Mexican immigrants for the coronavirus.

Promise: Trump has said he would be the “greatest champion” for the Latino community and would “fight to help millions of Latinos trapped in poverty.”

  • Reality: While corporations and billionaires rake in massive giveaways, Trump’s tax scam will end up disproportionately hiking taxes on Latino families.

  • Reality: Trump’s economic policies have failed to help close the racial wealth gap. In Arizona, the median household income for Latino families is $45,610 compared to $62,261 for white households.

  • RealityAs of 2017, Latino individuals represented about 18% of the U.S. population, but made up 20% of all those who received HUD rental assistance and 30% of all low-income renters. Despite this, Trump has called for drastic cuts to subsidized housing, and for changes that could raise rents for low-income families.

  • Reality: Trump’s cruel immigration policies have torn families apart. Trump illegally rescinded the DACA program and sabotaged every bipartisan immigration deal that would have protected Dreamers. After the Supreme Court blocked Trump’s attempt to end the Obama-era DACA program, the Trump administration announced it would not accept new applications. The Trump administration separated more than 5,000 migrant children from their families at the border, and Trump has threatened to institute the policy again.