Rick Scott’s ‘inconvenient truth’: Hispanics will vote Republican
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Rick Scott 2.5.21
Scott borrows a phrase from Al Gore in his latest opinion piece.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about Hispanics ultimately voting Republican.

To that end, the Senator and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee presented an “inconvenient truth” for “Democrat politicians, consultants and their defenders in the liberal media.”

“Hispanic voters are becoming Republican. It’s happening right now, and there is no stopping it. This isn’t something we are hoping for, this is something that is in process. This train is moving,” Scott contended in an op-ed for Fox News.

Namely, that the Republican Party will ultimately secure the pivotal voting bloc, seemingly as effortlessly as Scott stole the “inconvenient truth” phrasing from former Vice President Al Gore.

“Democrat politicians, consultants and their defenders in the liberal media have pushed the narrative for decades that Democrats were building a permanent majority coalition. They’ve argued that demography is destiny and the expanding share of minority and young voters would create a coalition of Democrat voters that shuts out the Republican Party for a generation or more,” Scott contends, calling that line of thinking a “myth.”

Scott noted that both he and Sen. Marco Rubio were competitive among Hispanic voters.

“Republicans also picked up two competitive congressional seats in Miami-Dade County in the 2020 election while Donald Trump won the state by more than three points due in large part to significant gains among Hispanic voters,” Scott contended.

Scott’s Fox News op-ed was an attempt to reheat polling conducted in April about how Hispanics, “aspirational” by nature, are aligning with Republican talking points.

“Democrats seem to be puzzled about why Hispanic voters are moving away from their party in droves, but the reasons could not be more clear,” Scott posited in a statement from the NRSC. “Hispanic voters are aspirational and want the freedom and opportunity that Republican policies provide. Democrats believe in big spending, big government, open borders, and fewer freedoms for hardworking families — all policies soundly rejected by Hispanic voters in our poll.”

The polling data, collected in April, surveyed 1,200 likely Hispanic voters from battleground Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio, all places with live Senate races next year. On questions ranging from transgender athletes in youth sports to whether corporations should withdraw business from places that pass laws they don’t like, the NRSC collated data that supported its regular talking points.

Among the findings: 65% of Hispanics polled oppose a voter identification “ban,” 72% want to “control the border,” and 66% believe “cancel culture has gotten out of hand.”

The narrative insights from the 34-page deck are arguably more interesting than the math, meanwhile.

“Democrats believe all minorities reflexively agree with them, no matter how bizarre and left wing Dems become,” read one declaration.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


8 comments

  • Tomas

    June 7, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Why would any Hispanic vote Republican? I’m so happy as a Hispanic that i stepped away from conservative ideals, especially what happened January 6th I’ll stick to being Democrat.

    • Cinforoso

      June 7, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      I am Puerto Rican from NY and appreciate how the state of Florida is run under conservative Republican leadership. That’s why everybody is moving here. It’s a lot better than the days I spent in NY watching the Democrats run the city and the state into the ground. So, yes sir, this boy from the Bronx will not drink the Democrat Kool-aid anymore. I will vote Republican and do my best to protect my Florida home from Democrat destruction.

    • SOS

      June 8, 2021 at 7:54 am

      wondering the same thing? what do they get for their vote? Fear? Vote democratic if you want a free country to live in with fair elections.

  • Andy

    June 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Give it time. Once the majority of hispanics realize that republicans do not have economic policies that will address kitchen table issues that impact all working class Americans regardless of race and gender, they will either become independents or vote democratic. The republicans party offers nothing but divisive hate and culture wars. They have no platform that helps ordinary Americans. This is what we get when only the rich can afford to run for high office!!!

    • Cinforoso

      June 7, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      Spoken like a true limousine liberal. They have given it time, and Hispanics are moving toward the Republican Party. Republicans offer opportunity and prosperity. Democrats offer dependency and handouts and misery. The hate clearly comes from the Democrat party. So glad I left that party. Haters and dependents and promoters of misery.

    • SOS

      June 8, 2021 at 7:55 am

      well said!

  • James R. Miles

    June 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Republicans have NOTHING to offer the working class. The GOP is the party of the rich and corporate America. They are racist and divisive and love to spread misinformation and call it facts!

  • joey

    June 8, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Florida is a slave state with 0 protections for workers. Lowest minimun wage in the country. Lowest unemployment in the country. Homeowners insurance to the roof and they cancel or do what ever they want. Because Republicans allow them. You cant compare the benefits seniors get in NY to FL. Unly seniors get in FL is the weather. So no Republicans are anti hispanics few stupid ones that think they are rich and vote against their future.

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