Many Democrats and journalists were left in stunned disbelief after Rep. Mayra Flores, a Mexican-born MAGA Republican, last month flipped a Texas district that had voted Democratic for more than a century.
The proof that Hispanics are realigning with the GOP is getting hard to deny, but that isn’t stopping some liberals from trying.
Most Hispanics support closing the southern border until the crisis there is over, or at least keeping in place Title 42, the public health law former President Trump used to turn away migrants during the pandemic, a pair of polls this spring suggested.
- A third survey, conducted late last year by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, found that most Texas Hispanics support local police arresting illegal immigrants, and pluralities back other hardline immigration policies led by the state GOP.
Despite these indicators of a rightward shift by U.S. Hispanics — and many others before them — Flores’ special election victory has been widely covered as though it was some kind of fluke.
- “The Rise of the Far-Right Latina” blared the headline of a New York Times feature about Flores published Wednesday.
- “Her abbreviated term lasts only through the end of the year, and she is seen as a long shot to win re-election to a full one [in November],” reported the Times’ Jennifer Medina, marveling that Flores’ husband is a Border Patrol agent and her campaign slogan was “God, family, country.”
- “But what is most striking is that Ms. Flores won by shunning moderates, embracing the far right and wearing her support for Donald J. Trump on her sleeve — more Marjorie Taylor Greene than Kay Bailey Hutchison.”
THE LAST WORD
“The Democratic Party has abandoned the Hispanic community,” Flores told Fox News last month. “They are focused on white liberals. They are not focused on the Hispanic community, they couldn’t care less. They are not representing our values.”
- “We are about faith, family and hard work and that’s not the Democrat Party. In South Texas, I’m fighting for the conservative values that we were instilled, and I think it’s important we continue fighting for those values.”