MIAMI – Three months into Joe Biden’s presidency, enthusiasm for his ancestors remains strong among Florida’s Latin Republicans.
South Florida-based Patriotas con Trump, or Patriot with Trump, held numerous rallies outside Mar-a-Lago.Members sent messages throughout the day in their WhatsApp groups, and a small group of 10 met as Regularly to brainstorm how to get more members – and help Republicans get elected in 2022, they’re looking forward to 2024.
“We are Republicans. But what we really like is what Trump promotes, ”said group leader Laureano Chileuitt. Chileuitt practiced neurosurgery in his native Colombia until he came to the United States in 2001.
“That’s why we think he is our caudillo,” Chileuitt said, using the Spanish word for the strong. Although this term has a negative meaning in the United States. But it was not for Chileuitt. “It means he is a ‘leader’ like Uribe,” he said, referring to Colombia’s former right-wing former president Alvaro Uribe. “We are against globalization and against communism.”
Stimulating such enthusiasm is the polar politics in Latin America, additional options in conservative Spanish-language media, the presence of the Trump family in Florida and the governor who remains a close ally of the former president.
Today, many people in Miami still talk about Trump as often as he was when he was president.Like Patriotas con Trump, many of the smaller grassroots that popped up during the election still play a role.
“Trump has not lost much support in this community,” said Eduardo Camarra, a political scientist at Florida International University after conducting a poll for private clients.
Trump and Republicans are benefiting greatly among these groups in the 2020 elections, the biggest changes to Republicans are non-Cuban and non-Puerto Rican Latinos, and that. Is where a lot of enthusiasm is concentrated at the moment.
The heavy influence of Latin America
Venezuela’s ongoing crisis, Nicaraguan’s human rights situation, a return to Argentina’s left-wing populism, and Peru’s electoral runoff, led by socialists, all have influenced Latinos. Here and put more emphasis on Trump.
While a handful of Latinos cited US foreign policy when polling for voting preferences, Gamarra found that the Florida community was being influenced by politics in their home country.
Trump is viewed by his international supporters, particularly in Latin America, as a key ally in the fight against communism. And in a state of strong ties to Latinos with family and friends at home, the connection between Trump and Latin American rights advocates is strengthening.
A striking example is Colombia’s political polarization ahead of the upcoming presidential election, scheduled six months before the U.S. midterm elections and its impact on Colombian Americans in Florida. In the midst of a fragile and fragile peace agreement between the government and members of the country’s former Marxist rebels, the internal conflict has grown. The electoral leaders are the left-wing presidential candidate and former insurgent Gustavo Petro.
“That intensified the Colombian rights. The Colombians believe the next president will be a pro-Chavez, which is a good place to tell here, ”said Camarra.“ As Colombians are facing this more directly than any other group, they are driving the conservation momentum. Popular in Miami right now. “
Dominicans, though small in Florida, are also affected by politics in their home countries. The country’s president recently announced plans to build a wall along the border with Haiti to help stop illegal immigration.
“There are important Dominicans in the Social Democratic Party who come home. Instead, it has been hit by a conservative Trump immigration policy, ”Gamarra said.
Although there is unity among the Latin American leftist But the rightists are less tenacious. But they see Trump as an ally in the fight against socialism. It compliments the narrative that Republicans are pushing for 2020 and is likely to remain underscored – that Democrats are facing too much left and will push the U.S. down.
Evangelists and conservative media expand the movement.
With social media and apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, there is a constant flow of back-and-forth between Latin America and Florida relatives. They share news articles, videos and memes. And ahead of the November elections, they are a major source of some disinformation that persists, perhaps less violent.
Besides politics, there is a religious component among those who support Trump. Evangelical church leaders are playing a key role in traditionalism in Latin America and here. It was evident in the Trump-support Facebook group, where messages in Spanish highlighting religious tones were common. In the focus group Venezuelan evangelists say they believe Trump is “The Chosen One” and “He was sent here – he is the direct voice of God,” said Gamarra.
At least one former Trump senior adviser has sought to strengthen international rights, including in Latin America. Steve Bannon seeks to bring together like-minded politicians around the world through the nationalist group The Movement, Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian right-wing President Erbolsonaro, joins Bannon on behalf of Latin America. At a 2020 dinner with populist leader from Europe and Latin America Eduardo Verástegui, an actor who served as an adviser to the Trump White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, expressed his intention to run for president in Mexico.
Meanwhile, conservative news sources and voices have grown in recent years, Epoch Times Media Group, a news organization started two decades ago by Falun Gong practitioners, training the Persecuted by the Chinese Spirit by the Chinese Government, there is now a digital site in Spanish. Ahead of the 2020 election, newspapers took over as pro Trump and sometimes pushed for conspiracy theories.
El American, a conservative news website focused on Latinos, available in Spanish and English, emerged recently. Modernism and Marxism We are in a cultural war and we know how it will end. Many of us fled from Marxism. We know that if America collapses, there is no other place on Earth for freedom. ”
In Florida, seasoned journalist Marian de la Fuente, who spent years as a news anchor in Telemundo (part of NBCUniversal, parent company of NBC News), hosts Miami’s America TeVé in a conservative tone. More and more, the parent company of the America CV network is being criticized by Democrats for its intention to buy Radio Caracol, an AM station.Democrats say the Spanish-language media in Miami is dominated by the party. Republicans and Hispanic Caucus congressmen are pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to reject the deal. They accuse America’s resume of wanting to turn a radio station into a right-handed outlet after the former mayor and the station’s free voice were fired.
Despite the Republican enthusiasm for Latinos over the former president. But some believe that although Trump has had a lasting impact on GOP politics and the culture he has established, But his influence will weaken as time goes on.
“Because a lot of Trump’s doctrine is not very policy-related and it doesn’t matter much, it doesn’t have the same power some people think it can do,” said former representative Carlos Kerr. Belo from the Republican Party in Florida.
“In the short term, this is something Republicans have to learn to deal with for sure, Republicans will focus on those Trump themes and the support that remains for him in base. “Curbelo said, adding that for some Latinos, It is also denying the shift to the left they perceive from the Democrats.
Two years after Andreina Kissane co-founded the group. Venezuelan-American Republican Alliance or VARA, the focus remains on Trump.
She said Biden, offering temporary protection status to Venezuelans, was merely an attempt to attract Venezuelans “Trump remains the only solution to Venezuela’s problems,” she said, adding that supporters of Biden kept thinking “how. Solve personal problems without understanding the dangers of this. ”She believes that Biden is the” puppet of the Reset Agenda and the New World Order.
Her group will meet next week to discuss the U.S. Constitution, religion and the containment of the US Supreme Court, where she compares to what Venezuela socialist leader Hugo Chávez did with the court while in power.
“All we can do is stick to our faith and love for God to save our nation,” she said.
Chileuitt, in conjunction with Patriotas con Trump, is expanding and creating additional groups with supporters from the Patriotas con Trump’s chat retirement community.WhatsApp receives members from Latin America, Spain and Australia.
Citing the Biden’s administration as “communism and anarchy,” Chileuitt said that for security reasons he and others had abandoned the Trump flag and signal, “but people are still worried about the future of the country.”
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