Under the current Democratic administration, Hispanics are increasingly identifying the terrors they saw in their home countries that motivated their flight to the United States. For that reason alone, the Hispanic community plays a pivotal role in American politics today. In the latest episode of Lo Que Importa, our co-editor-in-chief, Vanessa Vallejo, talks with GOP Hispanic Communications Director Jaime Florez.
Both the media and major party leaders are wondering why Hispanics are switching massively to the Republican Party, and the GOP is making an unprecedented effort to give them a warm welcome. Florez believes he has an answer to that big question: “the Democrats want to turn America into a banana republic.”
Part of the best opportunities Hispanics seek when migrating to the United States is security and stability. Florez believes that this is precisely one of the great aspects that Latinos are looking for in the Republican Party, especially after seeing that, under the Democratic leadership and its defund the police policy, “the bad guys stopped being the criminals and the police became the bad guys.”
“With these actions to defund the police, several really distressing situations were created in different cities of the country, most of them governed by Democrats,” Florez said. “Among other things, because in these demonstrations following the assassination of George Floyd, several Democratic leaders came out to protest, including the now Vice President of the United States, Mrs. Kamala Harris.”
As a result of these protests and the spread of an anti-police narrative in Democratic rhetoric, Florez says, cities began to discourage the hiring of new law enforcement personnel, and many of the active officers resigned, giving way to an exponential growth in crime.
“People believe there has to be authority, there has to be law, there has to be order,” Florez estimates as one of the big turning points in this massive party shift. “The Democrats are to blame for this happening.”
And the Democrats’ intention cannot be far from, according to the Republican leader, a “macabre and totalitarian” plan to, from the chaos derived from their nefarious policies, trying to build a “new world order” under the banners of the globalist left.
Another major reason driving this exodus of Hispanics to the GOP is public education. Democrats seem to have decided that the role of parents is no longer as important as that of the state in raising children and, in a fit of ideological extremism, have taken to calling those who dare to confront the indoctrination of their children in state schools “domestic terrorists.”
“This happens in totalitarian countries,” Florez said, referring that today parents who defend their autonomy in the education of their children are suddenly enemies of the state. “That’s why we consider that this is the trend: we are going at an increasingly accelerated pace becoming a banana republic.”
In that regard, Florida, led by the firm hand of Republican Ron DeSantis, is the main front of resistance against the radical ideas that the Democrats intend to inject into the public-school curriculum. Both the governor and his initiatives have received, as a result, the fierce attack of the conventional media, folded to the most leftist wing of the governing party
Democratic persecution and banana authoritarianism
On the other hand, at a time when President Joe Biden’s support continues to plummet, with the Hispanic community in the forefront, the FBI made the extreme decision to raid former President Donald Trump’s private property at the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
The raid against Trump comes amid the worst approval numbers for Biden and a wave of pro-Trump candidate victories in Republican primaries, which does not paint a rosy picture for Democratic performance in the November midterms or Biden’s re-election in 2024. This persecution of the former Republican president, in that context, is striking to Florez.
“This automatically reminds me of Daniel Ortega,” Florez said referring to the communist dictator who holds the reigns in Nicaragua. “When his possibility of reelection was coming and he had some potential candidates who could oppose him in those elections, he immediately began to look for judicial causes for which he could take them to jail, putting them in trouble with the justice system, and get himself alone as presidential candidate, and that was exactly what he did.”
So Florez finds an uncomfortable similarity between the political raid against Trump and the persecution of dissidents by regimes such as those of Ortega in Nicaragua, Chavez and Maduro in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, and Castro’s heirs in Cuba.
Once again, Democrats are showing troubling signs of banana authoritarianism that spur a massive stampede of Hispanic voters who do not want for America what drove them away from their home countries.
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Editor’s note: The quotes featured in this article were originally published in Spanish, then translated to English and edited for publication.