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The Idiocy of the Week: Val Demings, STOP IT, You Can’t Speak Spanish

VAL DEMINGS, a Democratic candidate running against Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate for Florida, has starred in El American’s Idiocy of the Week, twice!

Within days of each other, Val Demings’s Spanish-language Twitter account posted two messages with serious misspellings. After the embarrassment and widespread derision, the tweets have been deleted, but one of them read “¿Pedo [sic] contar con su apoyo?”, and the other one read “enviemos a una aleada [sic] de los Venezolanos al senado [sic]”.

It is very ironic (and revealing) that the Democrats, who always talk big about diversity and inclusion, do not have any Latinos to manage their Twitter account, or at least one who knows how to write in Spanish correctly.

Beyond how hilarious it is that they let slip a “fart” for a “can” — this also contradicts the Democrat environmentalist discourse on greenhouse gas emissions — or that the “aleada” leaves Val Demings’ Spanish Twitter account in Spanish as somewhat “alelada”, what is really serious is the Democrat hypocrisy in setting themselves up as defenders of those harmed by Nicolás Maduro, since in practice they are the party that allies itself with the Venezuelan regime, and in theory they are the ones who share ideals and objectives with the radical socialist governments of the region.

Val Demings doesn’t know how to talk to Latinos

These linguistic lapses could actually be interpreted as a clear sign of the dissonance that exists between the Democrats’ discourse and their actions. It is becoming increasingly clear to Latinos that the Democrats are getting tongue-tied every time they try to speak Spanish, and it is seen as a pathetic and desperate attempt to hold on to the Hispanic vote.

Democrats fail miserably every time they engage in Latino posturing. Sometimes consciously, as when they say “latinx“, compare Latinos to tacos, or think “see say pway day”; and sometimes unconsciously, as when they slip in “pedo” or “aleada.”

Every time they address Latino voters they exude ignorance about the Latino culture and, to top it all off, it is cloaked in paternalism and condescension. It seems evident that as the mid-term elections approach and the good results and projections of the Hispanic Republican candidates in all the electoral contests become more and more evident, the Democrats are getting more and more nervous and making more and more mistakes.

To improve their electoral results with Latinos, Democrats should move from words to deeds. The problem for them is not that their words talk about inclusion and diversity, but that their actions do not reflect it. The problem is that they don’t even know how to use Spanish words correctly, making it harder and harder for them to convince Latinos, who increasingly understand – from their own experience – the meaning and consequences of the Democrats’ socialist policies.

At this rate, the meme that the best campaign Republicans can run is to “let the Democrats talk” is going to become a reality. Arguably, the best “aleada” Marco Rubio has in his Senate bid is Val Demings herself trying to speak Spanish.

As we await further Democratic gaffes with Latinos, Val Demings’ Spanish-language Twitter account takes El American’s Idiocy of the Week award.

Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.

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