Barack Obama grew increasingly more outspoken in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential race — and the trend has continued even after polls closed on Nov. 3.
Most recently, the former president decried the fact that an increased number of Hispanic voters cast a ballot for President Donald Trump’s re-election this year and implied that they undermined their own interests by doing so.
Obama’s disdain toward Republican-voting Hispanics bubbled to the surface during a recent radio interview and amid reports that Trump outperformed his 2016 results among the influential voting bloc.
According to the New York Post, Obama sat for an interview on The Breakfast Club to promote his latest memoir, and the topic of discussion soon shifted to the recent presidential race.
He began his denunciation of Trump-supporting Hispanics by tying their decision to deeply held religious beliefs.
“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s 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,” Obama argued.
A post-election report from Politico, however, indicates that there were likely several other important factors behind the decision of many Latino and Hispanic voters to cast a ballot for the incumbent.
Instead of making their decisions based on race or religion, one Democratic data specialist in Arizona concluded that these voters were merely responding to a campaign with a platform that addressed their needs.
“Most Latinos identify first as working-class Americans, and Trump spoke to that,” Josh Zaragoza told Politico.
Furthermore, he noted that many in these communities, especially men, “are very entrepreneurial” and can therefore relate more closely to the GOP platform.
“Their economic language is more aligned with the way Republicans speak: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, owning your own business,” Zaragoza added.
At the same time, Democrats continued to push for a progressive agenda that even turned off some candidates running for office as members of the party. During a post-election conference call, several moderate Democrats blamed the party’s leftward shift for the loss of important legislative seats on Election Day.