This year, Marte, 27, of Union City, New Jersey, will complete an even longer political journey: He’s voting for President Donald Trump, attracted by the Republican Party’s “Judeo-Christian” values and the president’s economic record before the coronavirus hit.
“We have to elevate ourselves and I think Donald Trump is the only president that I’ve seen in my adult life that is putting America’s citizens’ values front forward,” said Marte, who works in the banking industry.
Marte is a member of what may be the most surprising voting bloc in 2020: Latinos who say they’re backing Trump despite four years of restrictive immigration policies and what many call racist invective aimed toward Hispanic people.
One Quinnipiac University poll last month had Trump leading Joe Biden among Latinos in the battleground state of Florida by 45% to 43%, though the difference was within the margin of error.
In interviews, Latinos who back Trump cite the president’s business background and the record employment numbers for Black and Hispanic Americans before the pandemic.
Gonzalez, a product of the Cuban American community that’s flourished in and around Union City, will vote in his first presidential election next month and cast his ballot for Trump.
A political science student at Seton Hall University, Gonzalez said Latinos he speaks to often cite the economy as their main issue, and he points to the improved jobless rate as well as gains in the stock market during Trump’s first term.
But Gonzalez said Trump shouldn’t be blamed for that fallout: “A majority of Hispanics come here for better economic opportunity and that is what they have received under Trump.
“Fact check: ‘Living under minority rule’ post contains 6 true facts on Trump, Barrett Gonzalez said he’s in favor of immigration reform that would make it easier for people to come to the United States lawfully, acknowledging that the country’s current system forces many to wait years before they can become legal residents.
But Trump wasn’t entirely wrong when he spoke of some undocumented immigrants being criminals, said Gonzalez, who chairs Union City’s Republican Committee.
Investigation: We analyzed a conservative foundation’s catalog of absentee ballot fraud: It’s not a 2020 election threat Denise Gonzalez (no relation to Kennith) said most of her life she was a “closeted Republican,’’ hiding her allegiance from Puerto Rican relatives who usually vote Democratic.
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