“For Whom Did the Hispanic Vote?”


My grandfather was a wise man. He was a lifelong construction worker, union man. His stories, dichos, influenced my childhood and led me to what I am today.
He was a staunch Democrat, supporter of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman until Dwight Eisenhower ran for President. He switched back to Democrat with Catholic John F. Kennedy, then voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Nixon in 1968 and 1972; 72 was his last election. Even though he mostly voted Republican after 1964, he remained a Democrat.
When I asked him why he bounced around so much politically, he answered with one of his life’s observations.

“Put ten Mexicans into
a room and you’ll have
eleven different opinions.”

That explains what happened in Florida, where Trump carried the “Hispanic” vote, though that vote didn’t carry the state. It explains what happened in Texas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley which is upwards of 95% Mexican American. There, Trump cut into previous Democrat margins of victory as high as 70 points. He even carried one Mexican American county. In Colorado and Arizona the Hispanic vote — read Mexican American — rose up and carried both states for Democrats which they hadn’t done before.
The 2020 Hispanic vote spread itself all over the political partisan map. This is the essence of the Hispanic vote. As it matures it spreads out challenging theories that Hispanics think and vote alike. They are seriously proving my grandfather right.
In Texas, for example, heavily (95%) Mexican American counties ranged from one Rio Grande Valley county actually voting for Trump and several that he came close to by slashing heavy 2016 margins for Hillary Clinton to minimally small margins for President-elect Joe Biden Jr.
In Arizona, Mexican Americans have chafed under political and economic bigotry exemplified by has-been Sheriff Joe Arpaio whose deputies implemented his racist round-up-every-Mexican-looking person for made up charges like they illegally crossed the border the night before. Arpaio was convicted in federal court of ignoring federal court orders. Tangentially, he lied so much in federal court that he was the American poster child for, what Alan Derschovitz calls “testilying” a unique brand of lying by law enforcers in courts.
With Arpaio in mind, Arizona’s Spanish-speaking mostly Mexican population self-organized to the extent they substantially contributed to running Arpaio out of office four years ago and again in this year’s election. A byproduct of this organizing is that they voted for Biden in such numbers, mostly in Pima County, for one simple reason; to wit:
Trump pardoned bigot Arpaio of his federal conviction and spared him prison.
The Arizona Mexican did not appreciate Trump’s ill-advised pardon of Joe Arpaio, racist — in their eyes — number one in Arizona. Arizona went for Biden by a tiny number of votes and elected a Democrat Senator for the first time in decades. Leaving uncivilized frontier Arizona, we cross the Colorado River into California where the Hispanic Population is 40% and where Mexican Americans are the best organized statewide Hispanic population (80% Mexican origin). In Los Angeles, for example, the five county supervisors are all women for the first time, a takeover that started by the election of the first Hispanic, Democrat Gloria Molina in the 1980s. Macho Mexican men aren’t supposed to like women.
Two Republican women, one born in South Korea and the other of Chinese ancestry were elected with Mexican help even though one of them defeated one of 2018’s successful Democrat Congressmen who won a district never represented by a Democrat. He was a Mexican American. She beat him.
As of this moment, and with over a 100,000 ballots remaining to be counted in Los Angeles and Ventura counties (within the 25th District), Mexican American MIke Garcia who won a Special Election in May to replace a Democrat woman who resigned due to a sexual scandal, is running slightly ahead of a Democrat woman to win a full term in the seat.
California Mexican Americans are of varied political partisanship. They are squashing Trump; they will wind up close to 70% for Biden and less than 30% for Trump. While that doesn’t look like Black voters’ percentages, California’s Mexican American voter looks someone my grandfather would describe.

“Put ten Mexicans into
a room and you’ll have
eleven different opinions.”

Donald Trump has nothing to do with this particular Mexican thought-process…nothing, nada…Neither do any of the myriad non-Hispanic white commentators who are desperate to give Trump credit for something…