After interviewing Latinos along the United States-Mexico border, CNN was surprised to find that a significant proportion of Latinos not only support President Donald Trump, but would like a “longer and taller” wall.
While CNN’s Miguel Marquez appeared on the Erin Burnett OutFront show, he pointed out that more than a third (34 percent) of Latinos approved of Trump in a recent poll conducted by CNN.
“[Marquez] said – as a puzzled Erin Burnett looked on – that though a majority of Latinos disapprove of Trump, there are plenty who live along the U.S.-Mexico border who support Trump, believe that there is a ‘national emergency’ at the border, and would like to see the size of the border wall ‘doubled’ or ‘tripled,’” Breitbart News noted from the CNN program.
Latinos: protect the border …
Different reasons were given by Latinos for supporting Trump and the wall.
“[I want a 2,600-mile border wall that’s] longer and taller,” said McAllen, Texas, resident Rolando Rodriguez, who lives about a mile from the border, according to Marquez’ CNN report.
Marquez then asked Rodriguez how much taller he would like to see the U.S. build the wall, the Latino American had big hopes.
“Twice as much – at least,” Rodriguez answered the reporter before explaining his stand for Trump and the wall. “[I support Trump because of religious issues and] border politics, [and I believe the border wall will be a barrier for the] bad people [and not the] good people.”
Hidalgo County Young Republicans President Joacim Hernandez informed CNN that the last time Trump visited south Texas, he generated big crowds.
“[There were a lot of Latinos] that were out there supporting him,” Hernandez told the leftist news network.
Marquez then conceded that Trump is more popular with Latinos than most realize.
“Trump-supporting Latinos here say the president has more support than many are willing to admit,” the progressive reporter admitted before casting doubt on Hernandez’s claims with a follow-up question, according to Newsbusters. “How difficult a sell is it to young Republicans, to young people, to Latinos in this area to support the Republican party and the president?”
Marquez than reemphasized how a majority of Latinos do not support the president before mentioning the dissentients he found along the border who challenge the notion.
“Most Latinos across the country say they do not agree with the president on his immigration policies and his idea of building a wall, but those that we spoke to in this area say that there is a national emergency and that they’d like to see this thing doubled or tripled in size,” the CNN journalist noted.
Another Latino, Mayra Gutierrez, said she was in the process of acquiring her U.S. citizenship so she can vote for Trump in the 2020 election.
Gutierrez explained to CNN that she supports the president because of his stances on immigration, abortion and the economy.
“We do have a lot problems here with immigration, and I do support his stance for the wall,” Gutierrez expressed to CNN.
Muddying Trump’s standing with Latinos
Latino support of Trump is evidently much greater than Democrats and the mainstream media would like to let on.
“Marquez’s interviews were consistent with what former longtime Univision anchor María Elena Salinas told CNN in January about Trump’s appeal among a significant number of Latinos,” Breitbart’s Tony Lee recalled. “Salinas implied that Trump could have more support among Latinos than conventional wisdom – and even polling – suggests.”
Even though most Hispanic Americans side with the Democrats when it comes to their open-border pro-immigration policy, it is believed that Trump can win the presidential election next year with the minority of support he currently has.
Salinas expressed her frustration at the time with the substantial number of Latino Americans who back the president and his conservative agenda.
The New York Times previously dubbed the Spanish-speaking anchor as the “voice of Hispanic America” and she lamented the fact that so many of Latinos in the U.S. are listening to the president.
“[I am saddened] that many Latinos are buying some of these arguments against undocumented immigrants [that Trump has been making], and it’s very sad to see that our own people – who are immigrants themselves – are attacking these immigrants that are trying to come in … knowing themselves how difficult the situation is in a lot of these Latin American countries,” Salinas said at the time, according to Breitbart. “And, you know, they’re buying it, and some people – just like some other Trump supporters – are saying, ‘Well, you know, so what if he tells lies, as long as we have lower unemployment among the Latino community.’”
One-third still not convinced
Despite the fact the Democrats have attempted to persuade Latinos that Trump is against them, he has gained more support from Hispanic Americans than most realize.
“Trump – who got more support among Latinos in 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012 when Trump received 29 percent of the Latino vote – has often pointed out that illegal immigration hurts Latino workers and illegal immigrant criminals victimize Hispanics who are in the country legally,” Lee pointed out. “In the 2018 midterm elections, AP’s VoteCast data, exit polls and other surveys found that Republicans received about a third of the Latino vote – even though the mainstream media for two years painted Trump as an anti-Latino ‘racist.’”
CNN – which Trump has often dubbed as “Fake News” – has gone out of its way to continue its anti-Trump narrative in its coverage of the president.
“CNN doesn’t highlight Hispanics who support Trump that often, but when they have in the past, it’s typically been negative,” Newsbusters’ Kristine Marsh recounted. “For example, in July of 2018, New Day Sunday correspondent Rosa Flores spoke with Hispanic immigrants who supported Trump tightening immigration enforcement – sneering that they had ‘shunned their heritage.’”