The ex-US president Barack Obama has accused the Hispanic voters who supported Donald Trump and his racial perspective towards people.
In the interview with the Breakfast Club, a podcast, Mr. Obama said “People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump.” According to him, Trump’s anti-abortion stance and racist comments are enough to understand his mentality which is greatly avoided by the ignorant people.
He said, “But there are a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, you know, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.”
This comment by him has a legit reason as the republican has garnered more votes, about 32% of the demographic in 2020 which has increased from 28% than the last election of 2016. The exit polls show that the number of Hispanic voters has increased in the favor of Mr. Trump.
Obama said that Mr. Trump’s Republican Party has encouraged the white men to see themselves as victims to trigger violence, to the fellow hosts Charlamagne tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee.
He further added, “You’ve seen created, in Republican politics, this sense that white males are victims,”. He also said, “They’re the ones who are like under attack. Which obviously doesn’t jibe with both history and data and economics.”
Mr. Obama appeared in the podcast to promote his latest book ‘A Promised Land’. The book got a huge response as it has sold over 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.
Obama’s reference to the ‘cages’ is supposed to mean the border facilities where thousands of children are separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. They were held in Trump’s administration policy in 2018, which was tougher than any policy applied before.
Mr. Trump has been criticized before for a controversial comment in the 2015 election campaign where he said “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” about the undocumented immigrants of Mexico.
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas posted over Twitter, “Once again, Barack Obama is very, very disappointed in Americans, this time in evangelical Hispanics for putting their values and economic interests ahead of woke liberal obsessions.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbot tweeted, “Some Democrats think they can criticize the values & religious beliefs of Hispanics but still get their vote by using the race card,”.