Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Monday scolded fellow Democrats who oppose using a gender-neutral term for Hispanics out of fear of the electoral consequences.
Woke Democrats appear to be alienating one of their most important constituencies in the name of “inclusion.”
“Gender is fluid, language is fluid,” Ocasio-Cortez informed the unnamed Democratic skeptics in a widely shared Instagram video. “[You] don’t have to make drama over it.”
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“There are some politicians, including Democratic politicians, that rail against the term ‘Latinx,'” she went on. “It’s almost as though it has not struck some of these folks that another person’s identity is not about your re-election prospects. Like, this is not about you.”
- “If putting a little ‘x’ on your campaign literature is what you think is the difference between winning and losing an election, you need to talk about health care more, you need to raise people’s wages, you need to talk more about issues that also matter to people,” Ocasio-Cortez advised.
- She also mooted “Latine” as an easier-to-pronounce alternative to “Latinx” in spoken Spanish.
Irene Armendariz-Jackson, a Republican running for Congress in Texas, responded to Ocasio-Cortez Monday on Twitter: “I’m a Latina woman. I’m not Latinx. I’m not Latine. I’m not any form of woke Latina.”
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Less-woke Democrats, including Hispanic elected officials, have recently objected to progressives’ fondness for “Latinx,” calling it an elite shibboleth that turns off everyday Hispanics.
- A December survey by Democratic strategist Fernand Amandi, echoing previous polling, found only 2% of Hispanic voters use the term and 40% find it offensive.
- “The numbers suggest that using Latinx is a violation of the political Hippocratic Oath, which is to first do no electoral harm,” Amandi told Politico at the time.
Democrats’ problems with Hispanics — America’s fastest-growing minority, which has long leaned heavily Democratic — go well beyond word choice.
- Just 26% of Hispanics approve of President Biden’s job performance, per a May Quinnipiac University poll, compared to 38% of all Americans.
- When it comes to their top concern, inflation, Hispanics trust Republicans over Democrats 2-1, according to an April Marist Poll.
- In the 2022 midterm elections, Hispanic registered voters favor Republicans by 9 points, the Wall Street Journal reported in March.