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How Trump wins the Hispanic vote

After Mitt Romney blew the 2012 election, Republicans issued a report on how to win Hispanic votes. Donald John Trump spoke for many in a tweet on March 18, 2013.

Many people agreed with the playboy billionaire.

In announcing his candidacy for president, he promised build to a wall. All the experts said there goes the Hispanic vote. On Election Day, The Donald did better than Mittens by actually winning the presidency. President Trump also got 28% of the Hispanic vote, which was two points higher than Mittens.

The Donald also received 8% of the black vote, which was two points higher than Mittens.

Obviously the president and his party have a long way to go. But he is getting there.

The Washington Times reported, "One poll puts his approval rating as high as 44% and shows him winning 41% of the Hispanic vote in a head-to-head match-up with Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. That would best his 2016 showing of 28% support and put him in the running with President George W. Bush for the highest share of Hispanic votes for a GOP candidate."

Zogby has the president's approval rate at 51% overall, and 36% among Hispanics.

He said, "Trump does not have strong minority support, but many Hispanics say their personal finances are better off compared to four years ago, and among these likely voters Trump is polling very close or ahead of his Democratic rivals."

Democrats are worried. The Washington Times story pointed to a column by Kristian Ramos, a former spokeswoman for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

She wrote, "Democrats lost the 2016 election with about 66 percent of the Latino vote. Today 65 percent of registered Latino voters who are Democrats have a positive view of the party’s presidential candidates. Based on exit polling from the past three election cycles, I estimate that Democrats need about 70 percent of this vote to take back the White House."

According to her, if President Trump does just 3 points better among Hispanic voters, Democrats are dead.

Now as readers know, I go by the pols, not the polls. Figures can lie and liars always figure. Brad Parscale, the re-election campaign manager, is going after New Mexico, which has the highest percentage of Hispanics at 48% according to a 2015 Census Bureau report. Estimates now put that at 49%.

His apparent success is a rebuke of the Hispandering advocated by the RNC under Haley Barbour, as well it should be. Hispanic people overall may like immigration, but many oppose illegal immigration. MS-13 gangs set up shop in Hispanic neighborhoods, including the middle class ones. Who the heck wants gangbangers living next door?

President Trump is the Domino's Pizza of politics. He delivers. His economic policies have created a surge in jobs and wages that benefit people of all races.

But what sells President Trump to a growing minority of Hispanics is what sells him to white people and black people. He's authentic. At 73, he is who he is. Donald Trump unapologetically is Donald Trump. He does not try to be one of us in tan khakis and a light blue shirt. He is not apologizing for stop-and-frisk. And while he dines on at the best restaurants, he still enjoys a Big Mac.

Being a Republican rather than a Democrat-lite won in 2016. Being a Republican who delivered on his promises should do that again in 2020 -- with more support from Hispanics.

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