Former President Barack Obama called out the Hispanic population who voted for President Trump accusing them of not caring about his "racist" remarks because of their association on social views.
"People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump," Obama said during "The Breakfast Club" radio show on Wednesday, "but there's a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think that's less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion."
Political onlookers were surprised by Trump's improved showing with Hispanic voters during the 2020 election compared to the election in 2016, helping him to an easy victory in several states with significant Hispanic populations like Texas and Florida. Even though a majority still voted for President-elect Joe Biden, Trump's focus on working-class issues and his stance against socialism appealed to Latinos.
Still, Democrats were worried Trump's trend of strict immigration policies would alienate the demographic.
Some people criticized Obama for what they saw as inharmonious comments, which sounded reminiscent of his 2008 reference to "bitter" working-class voters who "cling" to their guns and religion. Other pointed out the "cages" he referred to from the Trump administration's family separation policy were built while he was president.
Hey @BarackObama - take a pause from the race-baiting & pandering that built your career & divided a nation to reflect on this: you built the chain link facilities you call cages. #YouBuiltThat #StandUpForAmerica https://t.co/8FHVrVGLx4
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) November 25, 2020
Imagine if Romney tried shaming the white working class after his 2012 loss. That’s exactly what Obama is doing here.
Romney would have been laughed out of the room and we should treat Obama’s vote shaming the same way. https://t.co/SVtehxOZCN
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) November 25, 2020
Obama gave a plug for his latest memoir, "A Promised Land," saying people who live in lberal cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., sometimes forget the country's vast size and different view points.
"It's hard winning in Georgia," he said, "just like it's hard winning in Iowa, just like it's hard winning in a lot of the country."