MATTHEWS: No one owns your vote

In this Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, photo Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores speaks at a Cameron County Conservatives event in Harlingen, Texas. Flores argues that Democrats are forcing Texans choose between their energy sector jobs and curbing climate change. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

During the Trump era, a noticeable shift began in the Hispanic vote. 

Once considered a “lock” for Democrats, the Hispanic vote began trickling away from the so-called “party of tolerance” to Republicans for a number of reasons. 

A growing number were feeling as though Democrats were taking their vote for granted. Others believed Democrats were going too far left with their embrace of “wokeism,” prioritizing appeasing “progressive” social media outrage mobs over focusing on real, sensible policies as they related to the economy, jobs, and education. 

Though Trump is no longer in office, the movement away from Democrats among Hispanic voters continues, even in elections where Republicans ultimately lose. All of this, of course, has caused a panic in the Democratic party and in the mainstream media, both of which have shed their masks in recent years and have openly declared in so many words that Democrats own the Hispanic vote. 

Take, for instance, a recent tweet from “The Hill” online news outlet. In an article that talked about how the GOP was “basking in growing Latino outreach success”, their tweet read “GOP sees chance to steal Hispanic voters from Democrats.” 

“Steal?” Stealing, as we all know, is something that happens when someone takes something another person owns away from them without their permission. 

More infamously, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who had already doomed his 2021 Virginia gubernatorial campaign to failure during a September debate where he openly declared that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” was at a campaign stop addressing Hispanic voters in October when he quite bluntly told them they needed to “get busy… relatively quickly” procreating in order to increase the chances of Democrats winning elections. 

McAuliffe was all but literally suggesting that Hispanic voters can’t think independently and owe their votes to the Democratic party without question. It was a revealing moment eerily reminiscent of then-Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden insulting black voters during a May 2020 interview when he told them “you ain’t black” if you don’t support his campaign. 

“You’ve got more questions? Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told New York radio show host Charlamagne Tha God, who is black, before smiling broadly at the time. 

Republicans have made inroads with minority voting blocs especially in the Hispanic community because they began to understand that there were areas where they could find common ground with those voters (on economic and educational matters, for starters) if they just framed their messaging in the right way. 

Though they still have a long way to go, the GOP continues to make progress in these communities not by going “Democrat-lite” but by appealing to them by pointing out their commonalities, emphasizing that they agree on more than they disagree ― something the media and the left don’t want people to believe. 

As long as Democrats keep their heads in the sand in trying to placate out-of-touch hipsters and wokesters in their party who are never, ever satisfied instead of focusing on the kitchen table issues that matter to most Americans no matter their background, they can expect the trend of losing minority voters to continue. 

Not all Hispanics think alike. Not all black people think alike. Not all women think alike. I could go on and on, but the point has been made. Republicans seem to understand this now, while Democrats continue to act as though they own minority voting blocs and that those voters owe them their votes regardless of how far left and out of the mainstream the party has gone. 

They most certainly do not. 

North Carolina native Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a media analyst and regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.