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Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions in the New York Times: Trump Thinks He’s Still Winning on Immigration

Never mind what the election results say. Dr. Matt Barreto, political scientist and co-founder of Latino Decisions, is out with an op-ed in today’s New York Times that highlights the massive turnout of Latino voters in 2018, and the massive rejection of Trump’s xenophobia by the majority of voters, led by people of color: In … Continue reading »

Washington Examiner: “Leading GOP pollster: Trump’s focus on immigration sunk House majority”

David Drucker of the Washington Examiner writes a new piece with the headline neither Donald Trump or Stephen Miller wants to see and White House enablers are afraid to repeat. The headline: “Leading GOP pollster: Trump’s focus on immigration sunk House majority.” Drucker quotes findings from leading Republican operative David Winston, who explains how the … Continue reading »

Trump’s Push for a Government Shutdown Ignores 2018 Midterm Results, Divides GOP, and Unites Democrats

President Trump’s brilliant plan to shut down the government over his wasteful and offensive border wall vanity project ignores the 2018 midterm results, is sharply at odds with the wishes of the American public, and manages to both divide Republican elected officials and unite Democrats. As leading voices are pointing out, this is more about … Continue reading »

GOP Pollster: Republicans Drowned Out Economic Message with Closing Argument Focused on Immigration and the Caravan

Our take: xenophobia backfired Republican pollster David Winston writes an important midterm post-mortem in Roll Call. Entitled “2018 Midterms: A Missed Opportunity for Republicans,” Winston argues that the GOP’s fatal mistake was to focus on immigration and the caravan — an issue that drove voters in the middle away from Republican candidates — rather than … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump’s Alienation of Younger Voters is a Generational Gamble for GOP”

Leading political observer Ron Brownstein’s latest CNN column explores how “Trump’s alienation of younger voters is a generational gamble for GOP.” Brownstein’s assessment echoes the recent Washington Post “Monkey Cage” analysis by University of Maryland associate professor Stella Rouse, who wrote how Republicans’ hard-line stance on immigration may alienate millennials for years. Rouse found: “Across … Continue reading »

USA Today Op-Ed: Republicans embraced Trump’s immigration scare tactics and paid a high political price

“While Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric might have energized Republicans in red states, polling shows it alienated everyone else” Let’s not forget. In the 2018 midterms Trump and his party closed with an ugly and unprecedented deluge of racism and xenophobia: hysteria about a caravan of bedraggled refugees a thousand miles from the border; the deployment of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Politico Magazine on Florida Democrats’ Hispanic Problem

Engaging Hispanic Voters is an Authentic, Sustained, Hands-On Effort… When Will Dems Learn?  An in-depth story in Politico Magazine by Michael Grunwald and Marc Caputo captures the unique challenges in Florida facing the Democratic Party and its failure to sufficiently engage with the state’s diverse Hispanic electorate. Coming on the heels of an election cycle … Continue reading »

Despite Voter Backlash to GOP’s Xenophobia, Trump and Republicans Double Down on Xenophobia

McCarthy Providing More of the Same Ryan Rubbish Xenophobia backfired politically this year. In response to President Trump’s ugly, cynical and racist closing argument, Democrats won the popular vote by the largest midterm margin in history, flipped 40 House seats, limited losses on a brutal Senate map, flipped six governorships, and picked up nearly 400 … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Adriana Ruggiero and Matt Barreto

*** * On this week’s episode of our podcast “A is for America”, we spoke with Adriana Ruggiero, our California state director, who held an event in Los Angeles this week where advocates and experts spoke about the Latino vote in California during this year’s midterm elections. We played a segment of that event from … Continue reading »

Kevin McCarthy Pushed Trump’s Anti-immigrant Agenda and Lost Half of California’s Republican House Seats

Reaction to the Trump/McCarthy political strategy of fear and divisions cost California Republicans seven House seats in with significant Latino and AAPI populations Los Angeles, CA – The high price Republicans paid in the midterm elections was most evident in California where GOP House members and candidates experienced devastating losses. With Democrat T.J. Cox declaring … Continue reading »